PM USA established specific Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to encourage the growth of quality tobacco under conditions that help to: reduce negative environmental impact; support good labor management practices, including on-farm safety; and promote operational efficiencies.
- Variety Integrity
- Integrated Pest Management
- Nutrient Management
- Crop Integrity
- Non-Tobacco Related Materials Management
- On-Farm Storage
- Natural Resource Management
- Crop Protection Agent Management
- Labor Employment Practices
- Migrant Labor Housing
- Farm Safety
- Green Tobacco Sickness
PM USA continues to improve its GAP program to address societal expectations and to foster continuous improvement among growers and tobacco merchants.
The GAP Handbook
contains detailed practices for each topic, user-friendly recording sections to capture key production information, and additional recommendations for online resources that support good agricultural practices.
Learn how tobaccos are cured, the natural resources used in curing, and how Altria’s tobacco companies support sustainable curing practices
Malawi is an example of a country where environmental and socioeconomic problems present great challenges that require a holistic approach. For several years, PM USA supported organizations like Washington State University to provide support for sustainability programs in Malawi. Today, Altria Group, on behalf of its tobacco companies, supports Total LandCare
and its programs in Malawi to address:
- sustainability of agriculture resources;
- reduction in environmental degradation;
- maintaining and enriching forestation through an expansive tree planting program;
- training communities on agriculture and health management practices including irrigation systems and safe water supplies; and
- general education focused on improving the quality of life in the grower communities.
American tobacco is the backbone of the cigarettes PM USA makes. A stable supply of U.S. tobacco is important to us because every Marlboro cigarette we sell is made predominantly of American tobacco. We purchase tobacco from several thousand farmers concentrated primarily in five states.
As a major purchaser of American tobacco, we need sufficient amounts of the right qualities and grades to make our high-quality products.
Through our direct contracting program known as the Tobacco Leaders Program, we encourage consistent high-quality tobacco, innovation, efficiency and open communications between the company and its growers.
PM USA works with tobacco growers to:
- promote the production of high-quality tobacco using responsible environmental and labor management practices;
- encourage innovation on the farm for greater efficiency and improved quality; and
- understand the challenges growers face and advance solutions that make sense both for growers and our business.
PM USA does not condone the unlawful employment of children in the workplace, nor do we condone forced labor. PM USA promotes these positions within our supply chains by:
- establishing specific contract terms and conditions related to child and forced labor; and
- discussing our expectations on these issues and requiring that suppliers accept responsibility for their labor practices.
Farm labor is important to the U.S. tobacco growing community. PM USA supports a reasonable system to provide tobacco farmers with a reliable source of legal workers and addresses issues associated with farm labor in a number of ways:
- We do not condone the unlawful employment or exploitation of farm workers.
- We support laws and inspections overseen by the Department of Labor.
- Our contracts with domestic contracted growers require them to certify in writing (at contract time and upon delivery of tobacco) that all of their tobacco is produced using GAPs defined by the company.
- Our employees must promptly report actual or suspected breaches of suppliers' contractual obligations or supplier misconduct to our company management.