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British American Tobacco has
set their goals to be the leading company in the industry, knowing that, they
have to be able to select and apply the best business strategies. But being one
of the leading tobacco firms in the UK, British American Tobacco is known to
purchase tobacco from Indonesia, where they can not guarantee that the tobacco
is not made from child labor. Although that every tobacco firms in the world
have the responsibility to monitor and investigate on how their tobacco is
harvested in their farms, they still can not control on the actual process
applied in the farming. According to, Human Rights Watch have
conducted research in 2014 and 2015 ini tobacco farming in Indonesia where they
interviewed more than 100 children under 18 who work there. These children are
risking their health and wellness working harvesting tobacco by hand, said the
Human Rights Watch. Many of these children have in fact suffered from nausea
and vomitting due to being around tobacco so much. Children are known to work
through long hours in these farms, without even wearing any protective garments
while handling these tobacco. These surely sound terrible, especially when it
is the company’s responsibilities to make sure that no child under the age of
18 work in direct with tobacco. British American Tobacco is one of the
multinational companies that have committed to the International Labour
Organisations (ILO) right conventions. These companies in the conventions have
agreed that the minimum age for children to work is 15 years old, whereas the
minimum age for the hazardous work is 18 years old. Yet they still can not
guarantee, because they claim to cannot be “everywhere at once”. British
American Tobacco mentioned that their subsidiary, Bentoel, takes the child
labour issue very seriously. “We do not employ children in any of our
operations worldwide and make it clear to all of our contracted farmers and
suppliers that exploitative child labour will not be tolerated. In Indonesia,
however, children often participate in agriculture to help their families, and
to learn farming methods and skills from their elders,” BAT said. The
International Labour Organisation (ILO) also knows that working while the
children are in school can be a normal part of growing up in poor communities,
because of the rural environment they are in. British American Tobacco is said
to be working with the Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco growing foundation
(ECLT) to tackle extreme child labour in these areas in Indonesia. Not only in
Indonesia, British American Tobacco has also vowed back in 2016 to investigate
some of its farms located in Bangladesh after Swedwatch, a Swedish campaign
group uncovered the truth that the farms use could workers to grow and process
tobacco, carrying loads, cutting the stems, and cure the tobacco. These
children are reportedly being pulled out of school to work in the farm for as
long as 16 hours a day. These working activities surely grows out the risk of
health for these children, because they are very much exposed to tobacco
plants, the dust, and the smoke. Group Head of Corporate Affairs at British
American Tobacco, Simon Cleverly has told that the company has in fact
investigated the report’s findings but found no evidence of children rights and
human rights violations. He also claimed the British American Tobacco were
consistent with the findings of these studies held by themselves to look into
tobacco growing and farming process and found that the company has a positive
impact on the socio-economic area in Bangladesh. Up until now, British American
Tobacco is still very much sure that they have not done anything wrong in the
process of harvesting their tobacco in these countries, and that they believe
that they have mutual benefits with the countries they have been working with
for years.