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.