All employees of Altria and its companies, both salaried and hourly, have responsibility for workplace safety and health, both individually and collectively.

Creating a Safe Workplace

We're committed to designing and maintaining safe workplaces and facilities for our employees, contractors and visitors. Our priority is full compliance with all laws and regulations related to employee health and safety.

We pursue excellence in our safety processes by:

 

  • providing training and education in the safe method of performing assigned duties;
  • requiring our companies' facilities to use a systematic approach to workplace safety and health;
  • meeting or exceeding federal, state, and local laws and regulations; and
  • identifying and driving risk associated with workplace hazards and practices out of the business.

 

We are continually scanning for developments in safety and health standards, advancements in technology and changes in market conditions to update our policies, procedures and equipment. Across our companies, they are focused on complying with safety requirements, looking out for their teammates and are dedicated to maintaining an injury-free career. 

Our “Injury-Free Career Culture” is an effort to eliminate injuries and fully engage employees in safety by:

 

  • communicating safety through all avenues;
  • applying internal safety requirements/guidelines;
  • applying training in the workplace;
  • participating in safety initiatives and the development of best practices;
  • planning safety into business processes;
  • recognizing and celebrating strong safety performance; and
  • enforcing safety fairly and consistently.

 

96%

Altria's safety assessment performance composite score earned by our facilities

1.9

Altria's OSHA recordable injury rate

This rate is lower than the benchmark for U.S. Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing.*

1.0

Altria's OSHA lost day rate

This rate is lower to the benchmark for U.S. Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing.*

Our Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic applied pressure to all of us – professionally and personally – but we rose to the challenge, together.

In the first quarter of 2020, we created Altria’s COVID-19 Task Force – a cross-functional group of leaders that initially met every day to discuss emerging information, develop action plans and make thoughtful decisions relating to the health and safety of all of our employees.

Employee Safety

Employee safety and well-being is a top priority. In the beginning of 2020, we took several steps to mitigate risk and protect the health of our employees, including travel restrictions, remote work for non-manufacturing salaried employees and contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases.

At the same time, employee productivity and well-being are important to our continued success. Some employees simply can’t work effectively from home. By allowing a small number of salaried employees to return to our facilities while the rest of us continue to work remotely, we have been able to maximize productivity while minimizing health risk.

Enhanced Workplace Benefits & Policies 

As the pandemic progressed, we added and enhanced benefits to help our employees and their families cope with the many challenges they faced and supported their financial, physical and emotional well-being.

We introduced a handful of other impactful benefits to support employees during this time, including:

 

  • Flexible spending account relief
  • Employer-paid student loan repayments (salaried employees only)
  • Coverage for the COVID-19 vaccine, testing and treatment
  • $200 COVID-19 vaccine incentive included in list of qualifying activities for company-provided Health Savings Account incentives
  • Enhanced dependent care reimbursement program
  • Enhanced Access to on-site Employee Assistance Program counseling services available by phone for Richmond-area employees
  • Provided a one-time home office improvements stipend to qualified Richmond-based salaried employees



Learn more about our efforts to promote Employee Safety, our Enhanced Workplace Benefits & Policies and how we support our Communities in our Supporting Our Employees & Communities report.

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Our company and our people have a strong history of service to our communities, and we were able to share hope and highlight inspiring stories of action through our “Tell Me Something Good” video platform. The video platform provided regular good news stories from across the Altria family of companies including employees working to relieve face mask shortages in their local communities and managers who went above and beyond to support their direct reports in their time of need.

CommunitiesCircumstances in our communities changed quickly as schools and businesses closed and demands rose on health care, emergency response agencies and other basic systems serving those most vulnerable. As a leader in the community, Altria was poised to step up as a corporate citizen and donor.
 
Together with our community partners and local governments, Altria identified emerging priority needs in our headquarters and our companies' manufacturing communities and contributed an incremental $1 million to address immediate local relief needs, through regional response funds around the country. This included supporting funds like the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund established by the Community Foundation of Greater Richmond, supporting foodbanks serving our operating communities and providing support for nationwide first responses through the American Red Cross.

Many of our valued non-profit partners had been hard-hit by COVID-19, with disruptions to critical programs and funding streams. To help them through this time, we provided additional flexibility with the use of recent grant and sponsorship contributions to support general operating needs and we accelerated some upcoming payments. Our special investment responses to support the community through this crisis totaled more than $9 million. 


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New Technologies Help Protect Altria Employees from COVID-19

Two of ALCS employees spent the bulk of 2020 identifying and deploying new technologies to help protect Altria employees from COVID-19. One of their successful pilots was a technology called TraceTags™.
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Championing Culture Change through Employee Community Engagement

I've seen how our employees and our companies have been involved in the community, generously giving and volunteering.
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Where We Stand on Voting Rights

We believe voting is a foundational Democratic process and should be a non-partisan issue.


* last published in 2019