British American Tobacco is the world’s second largest tobacco group by global market share, with brands sold in more than 180 markets.
The Group holds robust market positions in each of its regions and leads in more than 60 markets. With more than 200 brands in its portfolio, British American Tobacco manufactures the cigarettes chosen by one in eight of the world’s one billion adult smokers.
In 2010, British American Tobacco subsidiaries enabled governments worldwide to collect more than £30 billion ($46 billion Canadian) a year in taxes, including excise duty, almost ten times the Group’s after-tax profit.
British American Tobacco has sustained a significant global presence for more than 100 years. It was founded in 1902 and by 1912 had become one of the world’s top dozen companies by market capitalization.
People and factories
British American Tobacco’s subsidiary companies produce some 694 billion cigarettes at 44 factories in 39 countries annually.
British American Tobacco’s worldwide workforce of more than 55,000 people is diverse and multicultural. Within the devolved corporate structure, each local company has freedom of action and responsibility for its own operations. Decisions are taken as close as possible to local stakeholders, guided by a framework of principles, standards, policies, strategies, and delegated authorities.
Working with thousands of farmers around the world, British American Tobacco is the only international tobacco group with a significant interest in tobacco leaf growing. British American Tobacco’s companies run leaf programs that provide direct agronomy support to farmers who need it. In 2010, Group companies ran these programs in 19 countries, covering all aspects of crop production and environmental best practice. British American Tobacco purchased approximately 460,000 tonnes of leaf in 2010, grown by some 200,000 farmers. About 80 per cent of this volume was cultivated by farmers and suppliers in emerging economies.