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Campaigners Accuse Cigarette Group

Author: Phil Waller, Scotsman [UK], Published on: 28 April 2005

Friends of the Earth, Christian Aid and Action on Smoking & Health (Ash) today published a report which they said used internal company documents to show BAT [British American Tobacco] was using CSR [Corporate Social Responsibility] to try to block anti-smoking initiatives...Recently-appointed chairman Jan du Plessis told the meeting that getting CSR right was not easy, especially for companies like BAT “in controversial sectors”...A BAT spokeswoman said the three lobby groups had refused the company’s invitations to meet it to discuss their concerns. She declined to comment on the specific cases raised in documents cited in the report, but added: “We certainly doubt whether some of the individual references in the report to corporate social investment and corporate social responsibility were well informed.”

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Related companies: British American Tobacco