All of the tobacco we use in our products is grown on farms in the United States. Some of the families from whom we buy our tobacco have been growing it for generations.
As a company closely connected to the land, we feel an obligation to be good environmental stewards and look for opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of our products and our facilities.
We’ve adopted policies that provide specific environmental guidance for employees. These policies address topics including air emissions; environmental assessment; hazardous materials; and waste, wastewater and storm water management.
We have a variety of efforts designed to reduce our impact on the environment. Here are a few examples:
For years, coal-fired boilers helped fuel our Nashville production facility. As part of our effort to reduce absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions, we looked for alternatives. In 2014, we removed these boilers and installed cleaner-burning natural gas boilers. Long-term, this will significantly reduce our Scope 1 emissions.
Each year we buy millions of pounds of tobacco from U.S. farmers, primarily from the Southeast. Through our direct contracting program, known as the Tobacco Leaders Program, we encourage consistent high-quality tobacco, innovation, efficiency and open communications with growers. We’ve established specific Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to encourage the growth of quality tobacco under conditions that help to reduce environmental impact.
USSTC 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.
To help growers contribute to these efforts, we helped fund a GAP Handbook
, which contains detailed practices for each principle, user-friendly recording sections to capture key production information, and additional recommendations for online resources that support good agricultural practices.