Our goal is to work with diverse, high-quality suppliers to innovate and address societal issues within the supply chain.

Our companies work hard to develop strong, sustainable supply chains by partnering with thousands of suppliers from growers to manufacturers.

Our suppliers deliver high-quality goods and services, manage business risk and find innovative solutions to tough issues. Open dialogue, shared expectations and honest feedback contribute to these strong relationships – some dating back decades.

We promote a strong culture of compliance and equip our employees to exercise sound business judgment when selecting suppliers. We work with suppliers who respect workers' rights; reduce costs and their environmental impact; and comply with our contracts and laws. Employees receive communications and training on topics such as antitrust, anti-bribery/anti-corruption and third-party vendor management.

As marketplace dynamics, our industry and our businesses change, we remain committed to enhancing our supply chains to provide a competitive advantage for our companies. Through continuing to foster diversity and inclusion within our supplier base, and ongoing collaboration with key stakeholders, we will be able to evolve our supply chains to be flexible, secure and sustainable for the long-term. Together, these actions allow us to meet societal expectations as a responsible company while developing strong supply chains for our future success.

Jodie Clarke

Vice President, Procurement

"I am proud of the progress we have made this past year, including our focus on fostering diversity and inclusion in our supplier base, and the continued collaboration with stakeholders who are key to our supply chains."

Our Supply Chain Management Approach Includes:

Supporting A Diverse Supplier Base

The Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (SD&I) program at Altria is not owned by one employee; but all employees. Our SD&I department sets the strategy and partners with national and local certification agencies, such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC), the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Altria's Employee Resource Groups and a network of Supplier Diversity champions across Altria's Family of Companies to drive progress towards our goal to increase our diversity percentage of overall third-party spend.

Altria tracks and reports Tier 1 and Tier II diverse spend. Although Altria strongly encourages national certifications, state certifications (S.W.A.M) are now accepted. For diverse suppliers who prefer not to obtain a certification, a Supplier Diversity Self-Attestation Form can be submitted to supportsupplierdiversity@altria.com to attest to your designation.

The goods and services provided by diverse suppliers have helped Altria become and remain an industry leader. To maintain that leadership position, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and to advancing diversity throughout our supply chain. We believe a more diverse and inclusive supplier base will drive innovation, increase competition and provide greater supply chain flexibility.

For questions regarding Supplier Diversity, please email supportsupplierdiversity@altria.com.

Communicating Our Expectations

We communicate expectations for our suppliers through Altria's Supplier Code of Conduct, Tobacco Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Supplemental Guidelines and our contracts. Our Supplier Code of Conduct addresses compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards. The Code covers topics such as non-discrimination, child and forced labor, environmental compliance and workplace safety. Learn More.

Assessing Supplier Performance and Requiring Suppliers to Remediate Findings

Our monitoring programs assess our suppliers' compliance with our expectations and contracts. These programs encourage continuous improvement, help identify areas for greater focus, and if needed, remediation. Altria's tobacco companies conduct third-party audits of direct packaging and product materials suppliers, direct contracted growers, international leaf suppliers and contract manufacturers where there's significant country risk, supplier criticality, brand risk and where we can improve supply chain compliance.

Engaging with Stakeholders

We engage with our suppliers and other stakeholders to monitor and address opportunities and concerns within our supply chain. For our tobacco businesses, we work directly with growers, regulatory agencies, agricultural stakeholders and working groups like the Farm Labor Practices Group and GAP Connections to help growers, farm labor contractors and farmworkers better understand and comply with labor laws and regulations.


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Promoting Diversity & Inclusion in Our Communities

Ingrid Lassiter explains how Altria is working towards a 15 percent supplier diversity utilization goal, which will help spark innovation in our business, sharpen our competitive advantage and bring us a vast array of insights.
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2018 Corporate Responsibility Progress Report

Get an in-depth look at our focus on responsibility in our 2018 Corporate Responsibility Progress Report.

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Viticulture Business Practices

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates spearheaded the creation of Vinewise with the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers to provide growers with information and tools to help evaluate business practices and implement sustainable management strategies.


Diversity Business

DiversityBusiness.com recognized Altria as one of "America's Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities" for the past five years.

Minority Business News

Minority Business News USA recognized Altria among the 2017 Corporate 101: America’s Most Admired Corporations for Supplier Diversity.

Women's Enterprise USA

In 2016, Women’s Enterprise USA Magazine recognized Altria as one of the WE 100 Corporations of the Year.
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