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Here we shine a spotlight on some of our achievements & select programmes

BAT's gobal internship competition - Battle of Minds 2021- is now open!

5 May 2021

Anything is possible...

Join our Battle of Minds competition for the chance to win a major investment in your idea for your own enterprise.

We love to innovate. We work in an industry where innovation is a way of life. But we also look beyond our own industry. We want to make a positive difference in the world. Which is how Battle of Minds competition was born. Solve one of four challenges for a chance to win funding and support that can help you take it further.

Register. Prepare. Submit.

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BAT certified as a Top Employer 2021

28 January 2021

TE Kenya award 2021

BAT Kenya Managing Director, Crispin Achola (Mddle) and Head of HR, Diana Johnson (2nd Left) celebrate the 2021Top Employer certification with fellow employees.

The 2021 Top Employers have been announced today at a virtual award ceremony, and BAT has been recognised as a Top Employer in Kenya for the fourth time in a row! Being certified as a Top Employer showcases an organisation’s dedication to a better world of work and exhibits this through excellent HR policies and people practices. The Top Employers Institute programme certifies organisations based on the participation and results of their HR Best Practices Survey. This survey covers 6 HR domains consisting of 20 topics such as People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Well-being and Diversity & Inclusion and more...

Read more here: BAT Kenya certified Top Employer 2021 (177 kb) 


BAT  Kenya triumphs at the CIO100 Awards 2020

27 November 2020

BAT Kenya is proud to have been recognised for the second year in a row at the annual CIO100 Awards 2020 event hosted by CIO East Africa in Naivasha, Kenya. The global CIO 100 awards aim to recognise and celebrate leaders and businesses driving  change in their organisations through technology.

We received two awards; the “Gold Mark” which was awarded for the second year in a row for our use of digital technology and innovation in manufacturing to reduce waste,  and the “Green Edge Award” which we won for the first time, after emerging as the top technology-driven sustainable manufacturing company in the East African Region. 

Read more here: BAT Kenya triumphs at the CIO100 Awards 2020 (244 kb) 


BAT Kenya awarded for excellence in energy conservation

5 November 2020

EMA 2020 image

Last Friday, BAT Kenya was recognised at the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Energy Management Awards (EMA 2020) for outstanding performance in energy management. During the afternoon ceremony held at the Safari Park Hotel, we received two runners-up awards in the electricity savings and water efficiency categories for the Nairobi and Thika GLT plant respectively. We also showcased our various sustainability initiatives, spotlighting our afforestation track record with over 54 million surviving trees planted since 1978.

Year on year energy and water savings are a key pillar of BAT Kenya’s sustainability agenda, with cumulative savings of over 81 million litres of water and 7,000,000 KWh of electricity over the last 5 years – enough to power approximately 3,000 Kenyan homes for one year. 

Read more: BAT Kenya awarded for excellence in energy conservation (329 kb) 


BAT Kenya reiterates its commitment to environmental conservation as it marks World Environment Day 2020

05 June 2020

Tree planting

During the event, BAT Kenya Managing Director Beverley Spencer-Obatoyinbo Said:

“This year’s global conservation theme - Time for nature – is particularly relevant to us here at BAT Kenya. As a leading organisation in the environment conservation space, we drive various conservation initiatives including afforestation projects in Nairobi, Kiambu, Thika, Embu, Meru and Migori. Since 1978, we have planted over 50 million trees...This is a tree for every Kenyan. Our target is to plant at least 2 million indigenous trees  annually, and I am extremely pleased to report that inn 2019 we planted 2.33 million trees.

Further, in the first half of this year alone we have already managed to plant 2.1 million in collaboration with our farmers...BAT’s sustainability agenda has come a long way, with this year being especially significant. We redefined our sustainability agenda in line with our new corporate purpose: to deliver a better tomorrow for our stakeholders. Whilst sustainability has always been important to us, our evolved agenda places environment, social and governance (ESG) at the front and centre of our business.

We are committed to making a step-change in our sustainability ambition through stretching targets, which remain deeply rooted in driving sustainable agriculture, water and waste management and the circular economy...

Read more here - BAT Kenya marks WED 2020 (199 kb) 

BAT Kenya certified as a Top Employer for third successive time

22 November 2019

TE photo

BAT Kenya Managing Director Beverley Spencer-Obatoyinbo receives the Top Employer Africa trophy from Top Employer CEO David Plink.  

BAT Kenya has again been recognised as one of the best companies to work for in Kenya and Africa, following certification by the internationally recognised Top Employers Institute during the awards gala dinner in Johannesburg last Friday. 

BAT Kenya Managing Director, Beverley Spencer-Obatoyinbo said: “To receive the Top Employer certification in both Kenya and Africa for the third successive year is an honour for us. This certification demonstrates that BAT Kenya continues to deliver workplace conditions of the highest standard that enable our energised, collaborative and agile culture; empowering people to grow within the organisation. As a result, we continue to recruit and retain the best talent.

Read more: BAT Kenya recognised as a top employer for the third year (198 kb) 

BAT Kenya receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Exporter of the Year Awards

22 July 2019

KEYA award

Dubbed the Solid Rock Commendation, this is a prestigious award given to companies that have operated in Kenya for over 50 years and have exported consistently for over 30 years.

Read more here: BAT Kenya KEYA lifetime achievement award (296 kb) 

Battle of Minds goes to Campus

3 July 2019

BOM 2019 varsity engagement

We recently engaged with student leaders from various local varsities in a bid to introduce them to Battle of Minds and provide an indepth view into the exciting career oportunities offered by the competition. Are you innovative and ready to match your skills with students across the globe? This is your chance to be part of our next generation of leaders #nextgentalent. visit:

Battle of Minds: BAT's global internship competition is back in Kenya

7 June 2019

BOM 2019 call for applications

Show us what you're made of...

Read more about Batte of Minds and get details on how to register HERE (142 kb) 

BAT Kenya marks 50 years on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE)

17 May 2019

BAT Kenya bell ringing

The Kenya Stock Markets were today opened by the Managing Director of BAT Kenya Beverley Spencer-Obatoyinbo and Board Chairman George Maina, to celebrate the Company’s 50th anniversary of being quoted on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). 

BAT Kenya marks 50 yrs on the NSE (277 kb) 

BAT Kenya’s Green Leaf Threshing Plant (GLT) in Thika receives trail-blazing recognition

2 May 2019

BAT Kenya's GLT a trailblazer

Last month, our Thika GLT received multiple accolades at the Kenya Institute of Manufacturers’ (KAM) Energy Management Awards and the National Annual Occupational Safety & Health Awards held by the Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSHS)...

BAT Kenya’s GLT receives trailblazing recognition (348 kb) 

Media feature on women in leadership: IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter

8 March 2019

BAT Kenya's Managing Director and Area Director for BAT East & Central Africa Area, Mrs. Beverley Spencer-Obatoyinbo took the time to share pertinent insights and her career journey within the BAT Group.

Read the full feature here (230 kb) 

BAT Kenya marks the International Women's Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter

8 March 2019

BAT Kenya joined the rest of the word to mark #IWD2019. As a Top Employer, we take deliberate steps to drive gender parity and diversity, and go a step further to address the unique challenges that women face in the workplace.

Read more about how we are contributing to #BalanceforBetter (3,640 kb) 

BAT Kenya awarded the ERC Energy Compliance Certificate 

25 January 2019

BAT Kenya has been awarded the Energy Compliance Certificate for our Nairobi factory and Thika Green Leaf Threshing (GLT) plant by the Energy Regulatory Commission of Kenya (ERC), cementing our place as a responsible corporate citizen. BAT Kenya was the first company to receive the certification upon its introduction in 2015, which was awarded for our Nairobi factory only. The 2019 certification therefore is the initial one for the Thika GLT plant.

Read More - Energy Compliance Certificate award 2019 (240 kb) 

Our position on the illicit trade in cigarettes

24 November 2018

Our position on illicit trade in cigarettes

It is well known that the sale of illicit products, including cigarettes, is a problem. It places consumers at risk of buying deficient goods, deprives the government of important revenues and provides additional funds to criminals as well as, potentially, terrorists. It is also harmful to those businesses that conduct themselves within the law and who always aim to act responsibly.

Read more - illicit trade opinion piece (899 kb) 

BAT contracted farmers receive Kshs 48 million compensation for crop losses

15 September 2018

UAP Old Mutual pays Kshs 48 million to BAT contracted farmers

The UAP Old Mutual Group has made a payout of Kshs. 48 Million to BAT - contracted tobacco farmers as compensation for crop losses incurred in the 2017/2018 season. The farmers were insured against drought, excessive rainfall, pests & diseases, flooding, frost, hailstorm, windstorm and fire. The compensation was made to a total of 1,200 farmers from Eastern Kenya. The UAP Old Mutual Group previously made a claim payout of KES 79.5 million last year for the 2016/2017 season to the BAT contracted farmers.

BAT Kenya on a journey to transform tobacco

29 July 2018

BAT Kenya on a journey to transform tobacco

"With the Government’s focus on manufacturing as part of its Big Four agenda, I believe the future is bright for the country and for BAT Kenya."

BAT Kenya on a journey to transform tobacco.pdf (4,599 kb) 

BAT’s global student internship program comes to Kenya

3 May 2018

BAT’s global student internship program comes to Kenya

In March 2018, BAT launched its Global Internship Programme, ‘Battle of Minds’ which saw over 10,000 students across the globe participate to demonstrate their innovative ideas. Out of the 33 countries represented, Kenya registered 449 applications (13% globally).

Read more (143 kb)