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Independent assurance

Ensuring confidence in our processes

An independent review of our sustainability reporting is an important element of helping stakeholders place trust in our processes and in what we report and supports our commitment to openness and transparency.

In 2016, we continued to engage Ernst & Young LLP to provide limited assurance of selected environment, health and safety data presented in our Sustainability Report 2016 and in our Sustainability Performance Centre.

In addition, building on our long history of open engagement with our stakeholders, we invited key opinion leaders to offer comment on the materiality of our Sustainability Report and to provide a collective opinion on BAT’s sustainability performance.

The Stakeholder Panel members are:

  • Philippa Foster Back CBE (Panel chair), Director of the Institute of Business Ethics, an education charity whose purpose is to promote high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values.
  • Scott Ballin, Health Policy Adviser – Scott has spent more than 40 years involved in issues related to tobacco and health and is a key opinion leader on tobacco harm reduction.
  • Marco Ferroni, Director of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, a non-profit organisation focused on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
  • Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen, Senior VP of Business for Social Responsibility, a global network dedicated to addressing business sustainability issues.

We also provide a response to the Panel’s statement as part of our commitment to continuous improvement.

The independent statements from Ernst & Young and the Stakeholder Panel, as well as our response to the Panel’s statement can viewed at our Sustainability Performance Centre and in the PDF below.

Independent assurance statements for BAT Sustainability Report 2016 (530 kb) 

Previous independent assurance statements

Download the independent assurance statements for our previous reports as print-friendly PDFs:

Sustainability Report

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2015 (422 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2015 (373 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2014 (90 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2014 (106 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainability Summary 2013 (331 kb) 

Our response to assurance for Sustainability Summary 2013 (252 kb) 

Focus Reports

Independent assurance statement for Harm reduction Focus Report 2014 (186 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for Sustainable farmers’ livelihoods Focus Report 2014 (229 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for A Focus on Integrity Report 2013 (68 kb) 

Independent assurance statement for A Focus on Harm Reduction Report 2013 (68 kb) 

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