We communicate environmental expectations to our employees through our Code of Conduct and to our suppliers through our Supplier Code of Conduct. In addition, our operating companies adopted an environmental policy. The policy is supported by company initiatives that address topics including energy use, air emissions, hazardous materials management, and waste, wastewater and storm water management. We also create long-term environmental sustainability goals.
Actions & Implementation
Business plans supporting our environmental management framework and goals exist across our companies. For example, our factories find and create projects that help reduce their energy use and water consumption. Management teams regularly review progress against these plans.
Environmental Management Framework
Review & Feedback
We review progress against goals with operating company and executive leadership and with the Nominating, Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility board committee. We also benchmark our progress against peer companies and work to maintain certifications supporting our progress. In addition, we audit operations to comply with company initiatives and provide feedback to leadership.
Altria’s Safety Health & Environment team uses an Environmental Metrics Information System to hold key environmental measures across our operating companies. We report on key metrics annually on our website, in our Corporate Responsibility Progress Report and through CDP. Major reported data elements have been assured by a third party.