- Deliver continuous improvement in our tobacco supply chains to protect the rights of farm workers, build sustainable futures for farmers and their communities and protect the environment.
- Enhance infrastructure that supports our ability to responsibly source goods and services and optimize the value of those goods and services for our businesses.
Partnering for Excellence
We proactively engage with several key agricultural industry partners to collaborate on emerging trends in the tobacco growing community and encourage responsible farming practices, both in the United States and internationally.
One of our longest-running partnerships is with the U.S.-focused organization, GAP Connections (“GAPC”; GAP stands for “Good Agricultural Practices”). GAPC is a nonprofit agricultural organization with over 13,000 grower members across the U.S. focused on raising tobacco industry standards through education, training, monitoring and certification.
Through this partnership, GAPC has successfully offered over 750 grower education trainings, monitored the safety and compliance in over 5,100 visits to grower operations and supported the certification of over a hundred thousand acres of tobacco farmland.
Internationally, Altria serves on the Steering Committee of The Sustainable Tobacco Program (STP), a global coalition coordinated with six manufacturers, over 180 leaf suppliers and more than 2.5 million farmers and farm workers. Through the STP, Altria is working to set clear standards for agricultural practices across the industry and implement monitoring and assessment tools for growers to maintain these practices.