For its production of smokefree products and cigars, Swedish Match does not source tobacco directly from tobacco farms. Instead, the Company relies on large, reputable international leaf tobacco suppliers.
Agricultural practices in tobacco farming
Significant tobacco suppliers must be able to provide Swedish Match with documentation of their own regulatory framework and activities related to social and environmental issues, including their policies with regard to farming practices.
These suppliers are also encouraged to grow tobacco according to Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) guidelines which aim at ensuring responsible and economically viable production of usable tobacco. This implies producing a quality tobacco crop while protecting, sustaining or enhancing the environment with regard to soil, water, and air as well as animal and plant life.
Agricultural practices in forestry
Timber sourcing and forestry is an important area for the Group as Swedish Match sources wood and maintains plantations for use in its match production.
Swedish Match uses aspen, pine, and poplar, and sourcing takes place near production, primarily from sources in Sweden and Brazil. All sourcing must be from timber that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of government regulations.