British American Tobacco Group's business in Kenya began in 1907.
Our parent company, British American Tobacco Group, is one the world's most international businesses.
British American Tobacco Kenya is part of a truly global organisation operating in a diverse and highly competitive market. We are committed to operating a sustainable and environmentally friendly business whilst maintaining our position as Kenya’s leading tobacco company.
We are a public listed company at the Nairobi Securities Exchange, with approximately 40% of the shares owned by the public.
BAT Kenya operates with approximately 450 full-time employees. Although our business is complex and competitive, it has always been guided by the highest standards of excellence. Our reputation for high quality tobacco products is the result of our commitment to employing exceptional people. We have always been committed to recruiting, developing and retaining outstanding employees in our business functions.
We know tobacco products pose real and serious health risks and the only way to avoid these risks is not to use them. But many adults choose to smoke, so our top priority continues to be working towards reducing these risks and making available a range of less risky tobacco and nicotine-based alternatives.
BAT Kenya operates as a vertically integrated company, meaning that we are involved in activities ranging from the growing of tobacco leaf to the sale and distribution of our finished products.
In our quest for quality and sustainability, we support these farmers by providing high standard seed, fertilisers and other inputs, including safety equipment. This is a loan arrangement which helps us control the quality of crop and ensure the safety of farmers, while at the same time making it easy for the farmers to invest in tobacco growing without worrying about start-up capital as long as they have land. We also have a strong team of agronomists who work as field extension officers, supporting our farmers throughout the growing, harvesting, curing and marketing processes.
The tobacco bought from these contracted farmers is taken through our primary processing plant (Green Leaf Threshing) facility in Thika, then to our cigarette making factory in Industrial Area, Nairobi.
In all these operations, sustainability and responsibility is a key consideration at BAT.