The presence of British American Tobacco in this part of the world can be traced back to 1910. Beginning the journey as Imperial Tobacco 100 years ago, the Company set up its first sales depot at Armanitola in Dhaka.
After the partition of India in 1947, our company was established in 1949. It then became Bangladesh Tobacco Company Limited in 1972 immediately after Bangladesh’s independence. In 1998, the Company changed its name and identity to British American Tobacco Bangladesh Company Ltd.
We were one of the first companies listed on Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges. The British American Tobacco Group holds 65.91% of the shares in British American Tobacco Bangladesh. Other shareholders are the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh, Shadharan Bima Corporation, Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Shangstha, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Sena Kalyan Shangstha and other members of the public.
British American Tobacco Bangladesh is one of the largest multinational companies in Bangladesh. Consequently, we are also the largest private sector tax payer in Bangladesh. In 2010, we contributed Tk 46.27 billion in the form of Supplementary Duty, Value Added Tax (VAT) and other taxes to the national exchequer. Over time, we have successfully established ourselves as the company contributing to economic, social and human resource development. We continue to move forward to deliver higher promises.
At British American Tobacco Bangladesh, we strive to be a responsible company wherever we operate - that may be to our shareholders, employees, business partners or any other relevant internal and external stakeholders. To us, responsibility is a way of life and that is why we believe “success and responsibility go together”.
At British American Tobacco Bangladesh, difference is our advantage and diversity is our strength. We employ more than 1,186 people directly and about 50,000 people indirectly as farmers, distributors and local suppliers. Moreover, around 900,000 retailers in the country sell our brands to earn their living. We take great pride in saying that we are one of the most preferred employers in the country. Having people from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds who support each other’s success makes us unique. It is our pool of talented people who give this place the wonderful and pleasant working environment that takes us forward every day.