pakistan tobacco company - Biodiversity

British American Tobacco has made a global commitment to maintaining biodiversity, and PTC’s efforts at promoting and sustaining Pakistan’s flora and fauna is a continuation of this global endeavour.

The BAT Group works with three conservation NGOs - Earthwatch Europe, Fauna & Flora International and the Tropical Biology Association – as part of the British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership.

Managing our impact on biodiversity is one of our environmental priorities. Our business depends on biodiversity for continued access to resources such as water, healthy soils and timber and all modern industrial and agricultural industries can impact biodiversity negatively. As part of our efforts at promoting Environment, Health and Safety and being part of an industry wholly dependant on natural resources, maintaining and promoting biodiversity features as a key agenda item.

Biodiversity / Biotic Indicators

PTC has carried out a comprehensive study through a third party - ECO (Environmental Consultancies and Options) for our two factories at Akora Khattak and Jhelum and all six Leaf Regions (2 in Punjab and 4 in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwah). These biotic indicators reflect the richness of Pakistan’s biodiversity.

Biotic indicators for these areas are as follows:

Flora – 66
Herbs – 16
Grasses – 9
Trees & Shrubs – 41
Fauna – 41
Mammals – 15
Birds – 16
Reptiles – 4
Amphibians – 3
Invertebrates – 3

These indicators will be reviewed and monitored on a regular basis to provide for a base to monitor and establish any change in the external environment in which we operate.

Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production

Our Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production (SRTP) Policy adheres to socio-economic, environmental and climatic aspects related to tobacco production and processing together with commitment to Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs).

Our Social Responsibility Policy (SRTP) commitment encompasses the following elements related to;

1. Agronomy covering Seed Selection and Variety Performance, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Safety and  Application, Soil Conservation, Water Conservation and Pollution Prevention, Agro-biodiversity and Farmer Training

2. Post Harvest Management encompassing Curing, Energy Conservation and Source Management, Barn Construction and Source Management and On-Farm NTRM

3. Social Development covering Children on Farms, Farmers Margins and Equal Opportunities

4. Processing including Working Environment, Impact on Community, Factory Safety, Fire Prevention and Evacuation, Medical Facilities, First Aid and Community Support, Site Security, Vehicles, Drivers and Environmental Impact of Transport and In-Factory NTRM

5. Climate Change encompassing Carbon footprints/Climate Change Measures

Page last updated: 23/11/2011 06:02:28 GMT