Since inception, it has been the Premium Tobacco Group’s non-wavering pursuit to conduct our business in a manner that is to the betterment and upliftment of human life. In all our endeavours throughout the world, we are resolutely committed to increase the enjoyment of human rights within the communities in which we operate.
Respect for human rights is a core value of the Premium Tobacco Group.
Our Policy and principles are guided by the –
- UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (as amended and updated from time to time);
- International Bill of Human Rights (as amended and updated from time to time); and
- OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
We are dedicated to observing all internationally recognised human rights as they relate to our activities.
In pursuit of any action or operation we will at all times seek to apply the highest applicable standard, whether the standard is borne from national or international regulations.
Premium Tobacco does not tolerate –
- human trafficking, forced labor or child labor;
- the use of force or coercion;
- work or service not of free will; or
- any work or service by children to the detriment of physical, mental or educational development.
We understand that we bear the responsibility to ensure that adequate controls are implemented and enforced to identify any actual or potential adverse impacts which we may be involved with, albeit directly or indirectly.
It is for this purpose that we conduct and integrate thorough due diligence exercises into our protocols and internal systems, ensuring prompt action is taken on any relevant findings, actions are recorded and clearly communicated with stakeholders.
Policy Review and Updates
With the everchanging international commercial landscape we understand that our controls need to be malleable, ensuring our human rights controls, policies and processes are appropriate and well suited as dictated by the evolving landscape.
In the growth and development of the Premium Tobacco Group, we assume accountability to those who engage with the enterprise. It is for this reason that we undertake to continuously review and renew corporate policy and procedures ensuring the Premium’s values.
Human Rights being a core value of the Premium Tobacco Group, we have undertaken to review our Human Rights policy on a bi-annual basis.
It is recognized that certain countries where we operate, are subject to a high systemic risk of human rights violations and that this warrants increased scrutiny, further assessment and, where appropriate, using our commercial position or leverage to ensure that these risks are effectively addressed.
Women and Children
We recognize and pay particular attention to individuals or groups who may be at greater risk of negative human rights impacts due to vulnerability or marginalization. Our due diligence, assessment and monitoring protocols are specifically orientated towards the heightened susceptibility of human rights violations faced by women and children.
We consider women an integral part our Group’s growth strategy, both in our own operations and our value chain, where we at all times strive for women to participate based on equity.
In having operations throughout the world, we recognize the important role our suppliers play in helping us to source responsibly and sustainably in our diverse and extended supply chain.
It is our stance that our product supply chain must respect the dignity of people and human rights, in that throughout or supply chain we strive to promote good agricultural practices, cultivation of feasible livelihoods, the reduction of environmental impacts and the production of safe products expected conduct of our suppliers with regards to human rights, are expressly acknowledged and codified.
We are dedicated to drive continuous improvement and ensure transparency.
Governance of the Group’s Human Rights Policy and protocols are is overseen by the Premium Chief Executive Officer, supported by Premium’s Leadership Executive and also the Group Legal Officer. It is integral that the entire business recognizes and adheres to the respect for human rights.
Board-level oversight is provided by the Corporate Compliance Committee of the Premium Tobacco Group.
We commit ourselves to extensively distribute and communicate this policy both internal and external to the Premium Tobacco Group.
We consider training essential to the understanding and promotion of Human Rights.
We strive to ensure that the appropriate people are equipped with the necessary knowledge and capacity through extensive training on the cultivation and promotion of respect for human rights.
It is our fervent pursuit to create an environment in which open and honest communication among all stakeholders are valued and respected.
Any stakeholder who desires to raise a concern regarding the law, custom and/or practice of an applicable area or Premium Tobacco Group segment or operation, or who has questions about this policy or desires to confidentially report a potential violation of this policy, should raise those questions and/or concerns with the Group Legal Department and/or direct local management and/or can also report suspected policy violations through the Anonymous Reporting Line (online or via telephone) which details can be found on the Groups website.
No punitive or retaliatory action will be taken against any stakeholder for raising concerns, in good faith, or participates in an investigation under this policy. Reports will be investigated, addressed and communicated to the applicable stakeholder. The appropriate corrective action in response to any violation will be taken.