Responsibility is a way of life for us. This is because we believe in the success that has come to us as a result of responsible business operations.
As a responsible Company, British American Tobacco Bangladesh believes that the business has a key role to play in helping society to achieve the necessary sustainable balance of economic growth, environmental protection and social progress.
Therefore, its CSR activities are designed to contribute to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the community in which it operates. The Company's CSR initiatives are in perfect alignment with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of United Nations.
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BAT Bangladesh) initiated its afforestation programme in 1980 when the forest department called on the private sector to support its endeavor to conserve the forests. So far, BAT Bangladesh has contributed around 79.5 million saplings to the country’s afforestation initiative in the last 34 years. It is presumably the largest private sector driven afforestation effort in Bangladesh.
The Project has also won international recognition for the company recently when BAT Bangladesh was awarded Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Award in 2014 under Green Leadership by Enterprise Asia, a non-governmental organization striving for the pursuit of entrepreneurship development in Asia Region. As a national recognition for special contribution in tree plantation, BAT Bangladesh has received National Award for five times in the year 1992, 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2007. The programme is designed to focus on the socio-economic needs of the human society as well as overall environmental perspectives.
Having recognized the gravity of water and sanitation and in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, BAT Bangladesh has stepped forward with a safe drinking water project. As a part of the safe drinking water initiative, BAT Bangladesh has already installed 53 filtration plants to make water free from arsenic and other harmful contents in arsenic prone areas in the country. All the 53 plants now purify 270,000 litres of drinking water, meeting the need of 135,000 people every day. The plants are maintained by local committees consisting of members from local communities. More than hundred communities in rural areas with the safe drinking water plants are now living a better life than before as safe drinking water is enriching their livelihood.
BAT Bangladesh is providing Solar Home Systems free of cost to rural communities of the country which are currently out of electricity. So far, the Company has installed 1,366 units of solar home systems in 15 villages of Bandarban and Khagrachari districts, illuminating the community and its people in the off grid areas of the country. Now, more than 8000 rural people are connected with electricity for the first time. This initiative will continue its journey to kindle hope in remote rural communities by bringing in a completely new dimension in the lives of people and progressing it with the power of energy.
Download our latest Sustainability Report, ‘Transforming Tobacco’, published on 15 March 2018, details the Group’s 2017 sustainability performance for the key strategic areas of harm reduction; sustainable agriculture and farmer livelihoods; and corporate behaviour.