Sustainability at Swedish Match

Swedish Match’s sustainability activities aim to provide value and includes, for example, a reduced negative environmental impact, adherence to high standards of conduct within the supply chain, an improved working environment for employees, and helping to improve the general welfare of local communities.

A sustainable and responsible business

Sustainability efforts benefit the environment and the Company’s stakeholders, helping to generate long term value for the Company. It helps Swedish Match to be more competitive, to identify and reduce costs and risks, to strengthen its reputation and to be an employer of choice.

Swedish Match’s sustainability activities aim to provide value and includes, for example, a reduced negative environmental impact, adherence to high standards of conduct within the supply chain, an improved working environment for employees, and helping to improve the general welfare of local communities.

The Company is impacted by and impacts a broad area of sustainability related factors, including issues related to its role as a tobacco company, addressing, for example, relative risks of tobacco on health as well as providing less harmful alternatives to cigarette smoking. It also entails sustainable sourcing practices for tobacco, human rights issues, and community initiatives (such as education and training).

Sustainability, core values, and Code of Conduct

The Swedish Match Code of Conduct is the foundation for the Company’s position in areas related to Corporate Sustainability and incorporates the Company’s core values – passion, ownership, innovation, and ­quality. The Code of Conduct applies to all employees within the Swedish Match Group and covers such areas as workplace practices, business ethics, and communication; relationships with suppliers (including supplier contracts); customers and marketplace interaction (issues specific to tobacco products); general society (including human rights and child labor); and the environment (the Group’s Environmental Management System and the Group Environmental Policy). The Code of Conduct is consistent with international conventions and guidelines on human rights and labor conditions.1)

1) The international conventions and guidelines referred to here are the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the eight ILO Core Conventions (Nos. 87, 98, 29, 105, 100, 111, 138, and 182), and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Sustainability reporting

Swedish Match is in the midst of a transition from reporting according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 guidelines toward reporting in a manner that is based on GRI G4. One aim of this new reporting is to provide more in depth information for those areas that the Company considers to be of greater importance, and a clearly defined strategic direction and approach. Swedish Match’s focus and approach emphasizes issues most impactful to People, Product, and Planet.

Sustainability key figures

Here you can find key figures in Swedish Match’s sustainability performance.

Due to differences in reporting methodologies, certain figures for economic and employee related data using GRI methodology do not correspond to what is reported in the annual report.