JTI is committed to helping to eliminate child labor within the communities in which it operates. While child labor can involve some complex social issues, our approach to tackling it is simple.
Getting it right at the start of our value chain needs every single one of JTI’s 26,000 employees to understand that for JTI child labor is not acceptable.
We make this clear to all of our employees through our Code of Conduct.
While none of the farmers who grow tobacco for JTI is employed by us, when we enter into a contract with a farmer, we make it clear that child labor is not acceptable.This contractual obligation is fundamental and non-negotiable and is a core part of the JT Group’s policy on procurement of tobacco.
The contract also creates a relationship that gives technical support to help get the best yield from the land, enabling a sustainable return year after year through our Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
We recognize that the issue of child labor has many root causes. These differ according on the local culture, legal framework and economic conditions. While the first priority is to remove children from work, it can only work in the long term by addressing the underlying causes that allow child labor to exist.
JTI shares the opinion expressed by the ILO, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank Group , that the only way to achieve a long-lasting solution to the problem of child labor is through the integrated efforts and cooperation of multiple stakeholders, including governments, NGOs, IOs , the private sector and local communities.
JTI’s approach in helping to eradicate child labor focuses on the implementation of programs and projects that are based on addressing social, economic and regulatory areas for improvement. However, we don’t look at any of these in isolation; instead we find ways of shaping our core activities to bring added value to farming communities.