Environment, health and safety are paramount at Pakistan Tobacco Company
Almost everything we handle – tobacco, paper, board – is grown in the natural environment, so it makes good economic and environmental sense for us to make sure our use of raw materials is completely sustainable.
We believe good environmental practice is good business practice. Businesses can enhance efficiency through environmentally sound technology, optimising products and processes and conserving energy and natural resources. We monitor, measure and report our progress against targets and aim at continuously improving our performance.
We seek to control and reduce our impact via the ‘3 Rs’ principle: Reduce, Recover, Recycle. Our programmes cover energy conservation, water, air and soil protection, afforestation, minimising waste and minimising the use of natural resources, agrochemicals and raw materials. Important aspects include reducing water and energy consumption and CO2 equivalent and managing our impact on biodiversity.
We are committed to conducting our business operations in a manner that sustains the environment and protects the health and safety of our employees, by adopting a proactive approach to using cleaner technologies and safer systems of work while ensuring compliance with all applicable National laws and regulations and British American Tobacco's Environment, Health and Saftey (EHS) policy.
Our EHS programme ensures a safe work place for our employees, contributing to improvements in environment with a focus on minimising natural resource depletion through various initiatives such as, reduction of energy usage, water use and discharge management, waste reduction, waste recycle and controlled air emissions. We are very proud to say that all our discharges to the environment are well within the National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) limits set by the Government of Pakistan.
Our manufacturing sites ensure compliance with the following national legislations:
- Pakistan Environmental Protection Act 1997
- Factories Act 1934 & Provincial Govt. Factories Rules 1978
- Electricity Rules, 1937
- Boiler and Pressure Vessels Ordinance 2002
Over and above all this, Pakistan Tobacco Company ensures compliance with the stringent British American Tobacco EHS policy which is a compilation of International Standards and Best Practices.
As a part of the British American Tobacco Group, we are also involved in monitoring and reporting our environmental performance for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) whereby we publicly communicate our economic, environmental, and social performance.
Furthermore, both our production facilities were re-certified with ISO 14001 earning an ‘Evergreen’ status. We have consistently sustained our accreditation in the last eleven surveillance audits with zero major and minor non-conformances.
The initiatives taken by Pakistan Tobacco Company in the area of Environment, Health and Safety have been recognized at national and international forums. We are the recipients of the annual Environment Excellence Award by the National Forum for Environment & Health awarding the Company for a second consecutive time.
Our endeavour to improve on our environmental program has been recognised globally by the British American Tobacco Group and we have been awarded the “EHS Excellence Awards” in the following areas in 2006 and 2007.
- Use of Cleaner Technologies
- Water Re-use
- Energy Conservation
Our focus on accident prevention and lost work day case reduction has come a long way by managing our Environmental Health & Safety programmes which involve extensive health & safety training, safety audits, incident investigation, and safety communications. Utilising all these components has helped us maintain a zero lost work day case during 2007 and to date. Both of our manufacturing facilities are the recipients of British American Tobacco's “EHS Golden Award” for successfully completing and exceeding 5 million working hours without a lost work day case incident.