British American Tobacco (BAT) and the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)
Lead NCPUnited Kingdom
Supporting NCP(s)United States
DescriptionIUF claims that BAT is linked to abuses of migrant farm workers in the United States and is not meeting its obligations to help end these abuses.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights
Date27 Apr 2016
Host country(ies)United States
SourceTrade Union
Industry sectorAgriculture, forestry and fishing
StatusIn progress
Summary

Read the initial assessment issued by the UK NCP – 10 August 2016

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IUF claims that BAT is linked to abuses of migrant farmworkers in the United States and is not meeting its obligations to help end these abuses. BAT rejects the claim and says that it has taken appropriate actions to prevent abuse in its supply chain. The UK NCP’s Initial Assessment is that: 

  • The claim that the company may not be taking adequate steps to address links to alleged abuses through a business relationship merits further examination. 
  • The complainant has not substantiated a claim that the company causes or contributes to abuses. Unless new information emerges, the UK NCP will not examine this claim further. 

The UK NCP received IUF’s submission on 27 April 2016 and published its initial assessment on 10 August 2016.