Environment, Health and Safety


In our factories, we are focused on manufacturing cigars, pipe and fine-cut tobacco in a safe manner, both for our employees and with high regard to the environment. We reduce our tobacco waste, water consumption and emissions every year, and we set high standards and ambitious targets for our work environment as part of our health and safety programme.

We Reduce Waste and Emissions

It is our policy to reduce our environmental footprint. Using less energy, generating less waste and emitting less CO2 in our production facilities are all everyday goals for the Group.

Using less energy, generating less waste and saving water in our production facilities are therefore all everyday goals that are supported by our environment, health and safety (EHS) programme. We avoid and reduce emissions by seeking energy-efficient solutions and re-using tobacco waste. Because water is a scarce resource, we are conscientious in the way we use and handle it.

 

Selected activities and results in 2014:

10%   In 2014, we reduced energy consumption from manufacturing by 10%.

51%   We continue to increase the amount of tobacco waste that we re-cycle, up by 10 percentage points in 2014 to 51%.

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Working With Us Safely

To support our drive for ever-safer working conditions, we have implemented an extensive environment, health and safety (EHS) programme, which applies to all our manufacturing sites. The programme is sponsored by our supply chain management, headed by a central EHS manager and supported by site-based local managers. Our goal is that all the Group’s factories score above 80% by 2016; this is an ambitious target meaning “good” - 70-79% is satisfactory and above 85% is outstanding.

 

Selected activities and results in 2014:

12   Conducted 12 factory audits and implemented action plans.

79.25%   Reached the average level of 79.25% (up by 5.25 percentage points from the previous year) with six factories (2 more than last year) performing at 80% or above.

89   Number of work-related accidents in our factories was 89 – down by 23% since 2011.

1.18   Lost time incidence rate remains at 1.18 per 200,000 working hours, below the private industry benchmark of 1.8.