There are three critical areas of focus in relation to compliance: The environment, social issues and governance.
We promote both afforestation and reforestation in all tobacco growing areas. We collaborate with different players in this cause. Key among the players are local people in our tobacco growing areas.
Every year, we undertake tree planting exercises in all the three regions of the country.
We also promote the use of approved seeds, fertilisers and chemicals as part of environmental protection efforts.
Through combined efforts with others, we are working towards the elimination of human rights violations in the tobacco industry in Malawi. Specifically, we are eliminating child labour, forced labour and tenancy. To achieve this, we have a unit dedicated to Agricultural Labour Practices programming. We are working in these areas with technical and financial support from the Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco (ECLT), a Geneva based foundation committed to the fight against child labour in the tobacco industry. We have a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with ECLT. The MOU came into effect in 2022.
We also ensure that there is a coordinated approach to the fight against social vices in the tobacco industry. Our goal is to make Malawi tobacco compliant to retain its position on the global market.
Fighting Non Tobacco Related Materials (NTRM) is also part of our effort to comply with industry requirements.