The presence of British American Tobacco in this part of the world can be traced back to 1910. Beginning the journey as Imperial Tobacco 103 years ago, the Company set up its first sales depot at Armanitola in Dhaka.
After the partition of India in 1947, Pakistan Tobacco Company was established in 1949. The first factory in Bangladesh (the then East Pakistan) was setup in 1949 at Fauzdarhat in Chittagong. In 1965, the second factory of Pakistan Tobacco Company went into production in Mohakhali, Dhaka. Thereafter it 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 (BAT Bangladesh) aligning the corporate identity with other operating companies in the British American Tobacco Group.
BAT Bangladesh is a part of British American Tobacco plc, one of the world’s most international businesses, with brands sold in more than 200 markets around the world.
We make high quality tobacco products for the diverse preferences of consumers, spanning the business 'from crop to consumer' and we are committed to embedding the principles of corporate social responsibility Group wide.
We were among the first companies to be listed on the Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges and currently ranked amongst the top 10 companies in terms of market capitalisation. British American Tobacco Group holds 72.91% of our shares; 12.86% is owned by Investment Corporation of Bangladesh; Shadharan Bima Corporation, Bangladesh Development Bank Limited, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh and a further 14.23% is owned by other shareholders.
We continue to contribute approximately two-thirds of the revenue derived from the cigarette industry, wherein 2013-14 fiscal year BAT Bangladesh contributed over BDT 8,436 crore as taxes to the National Exchequer. The company will continue to support Government proposals that establish a sustainable level of tax contribution to the national exchequer while ensuring a sustainable growth for the industry.
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’.
Employing more than 1,500 people directly and approximately 50,000 people indirectly as farmers, distributors and local suppliers, we take great pride in saying that BAT Bangladesh is one of the most preferred employers in the country. It is the people, who bring their differences every day and make BAT Bangladesh a great place to work in.