British American Tobacco Kenya plc (BAT Kenya) is part of the British American Tobacco Group (BAT Group), one of the world’s leading tobacco companies, operating in a diverse and highly competitive market.
BAT has a long history and rich heritage in Kenya, having begun operations in 1907 and has been listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange since 1969.
We operate a vertically integrated business, meaning that we are involved in activities ranging from the growing of tobacco leaf to the distribution and sale of finished tobacco products. All our operations are underpinned by responsible and sustainable practices.
We partner with over 5,000 contracted tobacco farmers in Kenya, mainly concentrated in the counties of Migori, Bungoma and Meru.
Our contracted farmers are valuable partners and we are committed to enhancing their livelihoods as well as driving quality and sustainability in tobacco farming. To achieve this, we implement various programmes which include providing expert technicians and agronomists who work with farmers to drive sustainable agricultural practices. We also provide farmers with certified maize seeds to promote food security through crop diversification and maintaining the integrity of farm soils through crop rotation. Further, we facilitate arrangements with strategic partners for facilities such as interest-free farmer loans and crop insurance and support farmer Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (SACCO) programs which provide avenues for additional income generation.
BAT Kenya serves as a manufacturing hub for Kenya’s domestic market and BAT operations in East & Central Africa, as well as export markets across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, through its cigarette manufacturing plant in Nairobi and a green leaf threshing (GLT) plant in Thika.
Upon harvest, the tobacco purchased from our contracted farmers is first taken through our primary processing plant - GLT- in Thika, then to our cigarette making factory in Industrial Area, Nairobi.
Our marketing activities are governed by our International Marketing Principles (IMP), often going beyond local legal requirements. A fundamental requirement of the IMP is that our marketing is aimed only at adult smokers and is not designed to engage or appeal to children.
We fully support laws and regulations prohibiting the sale of our products to anyone under the legal minimum age of 18 in Kenya.
BAT Kenya directly employs over 400 people and indirectly engages more than 80,000 in its supply chain across the country. The quality of our people has always played a major role in our success. The culture of our company is about developing talent from within, while also attracting people who bring knowledge and skills that strengthen our business.
We also focus on building sustainable partnerships with various external stakeholders including trade & business partners who are integral links in our supply chain and thus, key to the success of our business.
We believe we have a bright future. Through our market-leading brands, a successful strategy, talented people and sustainable partnerships, we will continue efforts to deliver value to our shareholders today while also investing in a sustainable and successful future for our business.
We are a leading company with a great worldwide success story. But our business is about more than just what we do; it’s also about how we do it.