Legal incorporates legal services, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs and Media Relations

It handles essential services demanded by a multinational fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) company such as JTI, while also dealing with the added challenges specific to the tobacco industry.


The Legal department is responsible for providing high quality legal services to the business. This requires familiarity with the legal systems of different jurisdictions, an intimate knowledge of the business and the ability to provide practical and sound solutions on business and legal issues.


The Compliance department enforces the JTI culture of responsible business conduct through the oversight, design, implementation and monitoring of key programs related to business ethics, laws and regulations.

Some examples of these programs include our company Code of Conduct, Reporting Concerns Mechanism and Sales Integrity Program.

The Reporting Concerns Mechanism is a system that empowers JTI employees to anonymously highlight any issue that is negatively impacting them, contravenes company procedures or has potential to harm the company’s reputation.

Anti-illicit trade

Some of JTI’s responsibilities for compliance reach beyond its own doorstep, most notably with regard to combating illicit trade.

The Compliance department was responsible for defining the detail of the historic 15-year agreement that JTI has with the European Union to fight illicit trade. The agreement defines the steps we take to ensure our commercial activities do not contribute in any way to the illegal trade of tobacco products.

Regulatory Affairs

The Regulatory Affairs team centrally integrates our regulatory resources and expertise on tobacco industry issues.

It incorporates a number of sub-functions including Regulatory Monitoring and Response, Global Regulatory Initiatives, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Environment, Health & Safety.

Collectively this team addresses the increasingly critical impact that regulation has on our business.

Among other things Regulatory Affairs:

  • develops company positions on tobacco issues
  • initiates and leads global regulatory strategies and advocacy programs
  • monitors and reports on regulatory developments
  • provides scientific support on regulatory and product-related matters to regions, markets and other functions
  • provides leadership for the safe operation of our facilities and the protection of our employees, the environment, and the communities in which we do business.

Regulatory Affairs also works very closely with Corporate Affairs & Communications officers at regional and market levels in developing localized regulatory strategies.

Their overall responsibility is to remain informed about the many debates that take place within our industry and to make judgments about how different streams of influence might impact our future business environment.

Media Relations

The Media Relations team recommends, develops and manages media engagement strategies through which JTI’s views and positions can be communicated.

Environment, Health & Safety

The EHS function provides direction, tools and support to enable provision of a safe working environment for our employees and business conduct that is
environmentally sound.


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