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Philip Morris International Partners and Allies[edit]

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Accounting, Audit, Banking and Legal[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
Azuri Seed funding The company has received funding from PM Equity Partner (PMEP), a corporate venture capital arm of Philip Morris International. The USD 150 million fund invests in technologies and businesses aligned with Philip Morris International so-called "smoke-free future". [1] 2020
Biofourmis Seed funding The company has received funding from PM Equity Partner (PMEP), a corporate venture capital arm of Philip Morris International. The USD 150 million fund invests in technologies and businesses aligned with Philip Morris International so-called "smoke-free future". [2] 2020
Biognosys Seed funding The company has received funding from PM Equity Partner (PMEP), a corporate venture capital arm of Philip Morris International. The USD 150 million fund invests in technologies and businesses aligned with Philip Morris International so-called "smoke-free future". [3] 2020
BOW Group Seed funding The company has received funding from PM Equity Partner (PMEP), a corporate venture capital arm of Philip Morris International. The USD 150 million fund invests in technologies and businesses aligned with Philip Morris International so-called "smoke-free future". [4] 2020
COMETBIO Seed funding The company has received funding from PM Equity Partner (PMEP), a corporate venture capital arm of Philip Morris International. The USD 150 million fund invests in technologies and businesses aligned with Philip Morris International so-called "smoke-free future". [5] 2020
Domisphere Seed funding The company has received funding from PM Equity Partner (PMEP), a corporate venture capital arm of Philip Morris International. The USD 150 million fund invests in technologies and businesses aligned with Philip Morris International so-called "smoke-free future". [6] 2020
Softhale Seed funding The company has received funding from PM Equity Partner (PMEP), a corporate venture capital arm of Philip Morris International. The USD 150 million fund invests in technologies and businesses aligned with Philip Morris International so-called "smoke-free future". [7] 2020
TreeTech Seed funding The company has received funding from PM Equity Partner (PMEP), a corporate venture capital arm of Philip Morris International. The USD 150 million fund invests in technologies and businesses aligned with Philip Morris International so-called "smoke-free future". [8] 2020
PricewaterhouseCoopers Auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) are Philip Morris International's current auditors.[9] Appointed at the 2017 annual shareholder meeting. In 2017 PWC were selected by the office of the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Parliament, to perform an implementation study on ‘track and trace’ solutions in the tobacco industry. A question was raised if there would be a conflict of interest since PricewaterhouseCoopers offers it's own "track and trace" solution already and would potentially be in a position to audit themselves.[10] 2019
EY U.S. Auditor The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World used EY U.S. as the Foundation auditor in 2019. [11] 2019
Morgan Stanley Event Philip Morris International presented at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer & Retail Conference in New York, December 2019. [12]

In May 2019, Philip Morris International Chief Financial Officer Martin King addressed investors at the Goldman Sachs Global Staples Forum in New York. [13]

2019
Crime Stoppers International Event Alvise Giustiniani, VP Illicit Trade Prevention, Philip Morris international was invited to give a presentation at the Crime Stoppers International conference in October 2018.[14] 2018
KPMG Contractor A KPMG conducted a study for British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International that revealed one in every ten cigarettes consumed in the European Union in 2013 were illicit. [15]

Philip Morris International has commissioned KPMG to produce the report again in 2019 [16] and 2020. [17]

2019
Banco Santander, S.A Contractor NA 2019
Barclays Bank PLC Joint Book-Running Manager Barclays Bank PLC is listed as one of Philip Morris International's Joint Book-Running Managers in the company's Final Term Sheet dated 29 July 2019. [18] 2019
Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited Joint Book-Running Manager Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited is listed as one of Philip Morris International's Joint Book-Running Managers in the company's Final Term Sheet dated 29 July 2019.[18] 2019
Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch Joint Book-Running Manager Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch is listed as one of Philip Morris International's Joint Book-Running Managers in the company's Final Term Sheet dated 29 July 2019.[18] 2019
HSBC Bank plc Joint Book-Running Manager HSBC Bank plc is listed as one of Philip Morris International's Joint Book-Running Managers in the company's Final Term Sheet dated 29 July 2019.[18] 2019
J.P. Morgan Securities plc Joint Book-Running Manager J.P. Morgan Securities plc is listed as one of Philip Morris International's Joint Book-Running Managers in the company's Final Term Sheet dated 29 July 2019.[18] 2019
Société Générale Joint Book-Running Manager Société Générale is listed as one of Philip Morris International's Joint Book-Running Managers in the company's Final Term Sheet dated 29 July 2019.[18] 2019
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. Joint Book-Running Manager Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. is listed as one of Philip Morris International's Joint Book-Running Managers in the company's Final Term Sheet dated 29 July 2019.[18] 2019
UBS AG, London Branch Joint Book-Running Manager UBS AG, London Branch is listed as one of Philip Morris International's Joint Book-Running Managers in the company's Final Term Sheet dated 29 July 2019.[18] 2019
Baker & Hostetler LLP Legal support The Foundation paid the law firm USD 2.11 million in 2018 in legal fees. In 2015, the law firm represented Philip Morris International and other tobacco companies in arbitration over proposed adjustments to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. [19]:1 2019

Think-tanks & International Organizations[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
The Duke Center for Smoking Cessation Research The Duke Center for Smoking Cessation was initially funded by the Philip Morris corporation with over $37 million dollars. [20]
Meridian Events, Grants Meridian, one of PMI’s global grant initiative grantees, worked with PMI Impact in 2020 to deliver six events on “illicit economies”. According to Tobacco Tactics,the event included participants from the United States Department of Agriculture, USAID, representatives from the Ministry of Economic & Trade Affairs of Israel, among others. [21] 2020
The Basel Institute on Governance Research The Basel Institute on Governance received vital funding from PMI IMPACT to launch a project using their deep understanding of corruption to tackle the illegal wildlife trafficking. [22] 2019
USAID Service Provider Existing projects in Malawi run in partnership with USAID’s Feed the Future program and focus on trialing new varieties of crops and improving how soybean and groundnuts are cultivated.[23]:113 2019
Conciencia Research; Service-provider PMI’s Argentina affiliate, Massalín Particulares is working with an NGO Conciencia on eliminating child and forced labor. [23]:115 2019
Center for Digital Inclusion Research; Service-provider Philip Morris International is working with NGO Center for Digital Inclusion in Brazil to provide schools located in rural tobacco-growing areas with computer classes and access to technology.[23]:167 2019
Mekong Club Grantee Mekong Club is one of the grantees of the second funding round of PMI IMPACT. [24] 2020
ABF Lab Grantee ABF Lab (Analytisch-biologisches Forschungslabor) received funding from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World in 2018 for “Phase 1 Biomarker Research” [25]:47 Max Scherer and Nikola Pluy from ABF also presented at Foundation for a Smoke-Free World Health, Science and Technology grantee meeting in May 2019. They provided an update on their project named: "Identification of biomarkers of exposure (BoEx) to different nicotine product user groups" [26] 2018
Euromonitor Grantee Philip Morris International and PMI Impact announced it would be funding market research company Euromonitor. [25]:51 2018
The Influence Foundation Grantee/ Sponsorship In 2019, both Philip Morris International and the Foundation For a Smoke-Free World were listed as funders of The Influence Foundation, owner of the online harm-reduction magazine, Filter. [25]:51 2018
Industry Transformation Coalition Member Philip Morris International is a member of the Industry Transformation Coalition, a community of corporations and organizations who are "embracing the challenge of business." [27] 2018
Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) Member Philip Morris International is listed as one of TRACIT's members. [28] 2020
Ukrainian Institute for the Future Grantee The Ukrainian Institute for the Future has received funding from PMI Impact in 2019 to work on a project to research and engage with the public on the illicit tobacco trade.[29] 2019
Retailers Against Smuggling Grantee An academic institute based in Warsaw. This organisation received PMI Impact funding to research illicit trade in the EU. In 2019, the Institute of Law Studies organised a conference entitled “Combatting Illegal Tobacco Trade in the Era of Fast Change”. According to conference documents, the event was “organized by the ILS PAS presenting the outcome of research supported under the PMI Impact”. In a statement the organisation said: “The Institute has been established over 60 years ago, we value our academic freedom and we would never allow or endorse any publications which do not comply with the standards commonly accepted in the academic world.”[30] 2019
JHM-Pesquisa e Consultoria em Segurança Grantee JHM Pesquisa has received PMI Impact funding for a project to analyse illegal trade and related crimes in South America. It has also organised events in Brazil with TRACIT (Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade) on illicit tobacco trade. TRACIT is closely aligned with the tobacco industry.[31] 2019
Knowledge Action Change Event This London-based business describes itself as a “private sector public health agency.” It has received more than USD 1 million in contracts from the Foundation For A Smoke-Free World. It also organizes the Global Forum on Nicotine which has links with the tobacco industry.[32] 2019
Home Factasia Member Factasia, a Hong Kong-based lobby group, promotes looser regulations of tobacco and e-cigarettes across Asia. It says it does not act as an industry mouthpiece. Philip Morris International is one of its supporters.[33] 2020
EFFAT Member The European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) represents 120 trade unions across the European Union. Leaked internal documents from Philip Morris International have revealed that EFFAT’s tobacco lobbying activities were part of a larger, comprehensive and well-financed PMI campaign to undermine tobacco control policy. It denies tobacco industry funding. Some of its member unions represent tobacco companies.[34] 2020
Polish Confederation Lewiatan Member Polish organisation with members from BAT Poland and PMI Poland. Its website lists the organisation’s activities over the last 15 years, among which is successfully campaigning against tax rises and other benefits for the tobacco industry.[35] 2018
International Chamber of Commerce Member This Paris-based organization was founded in 1919 and bills itself as the world's largest business organization. It regularly issues reports sympathetic to the tobacco industry and lobbied against plain packaging proposals. British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International sit on its influential anti counterfeiting and piracy initiative.[36] 2020
US ASEAN Business Council Event The US-ASEAN Business Council concluded a four day Senior Executives Business Mission to Vietnam today with a meeting with Prime Minister H.E. Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Companies participating in the mission included Philip Morris. [37] 2017
Digital Coding Tracking Association (DCTA) Member The Digital Coding and Tracking Association (DCTA) is a front group, launched in 2013 by the four multinational tobacco companies: British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International. The DCTA has promoted the industry’s tobacco tracking and tracing technology, Codentify, often without disclosing its relationship to the tobacco industry. [38] 2020
Transparency International Turkey Grantee This organisation has received funding from PMI Impact in 2019 to carry out an initiative to tackle illict trade, including tobacco. The project is said to focus on "research, advocacy, awareness raising and capacity building activities". [39] 2019
Society for International Development Member Philip Morris International became the newest dues-paying member of the Washington chapter of the Society for International Development, an international network committed to advancing global development. [40] 2019
American Enterprise Institute Grantee According to a Guardian report, in 2017, the AEI wrote a letter to the US FDA, encouraging the agency to approve Philip Morris International's IQOS product for sale in the US. The letter said: "It is imperative that current US smokers have access to and be properly informed about safer options. [41] 2017
American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) Grantee In 2017, the group wrote to the US FDA in support of IQOS, a product Philip Morris hopes to sell in the US market as less risky than cigarettes. PR Watch reported in 2014 that “tobacco conglomerate Philip Morris/Altria gave Alec $1,426,700 between 1995 and 2010 – significantly more than the approximately $50,000 a year it was previously reported to have given Alec." [41] 2017
Americans for Tax Reform Lobbying In 2017, Americans for Tax Reform wrote to the US FDA in support of IQOS, a Philip Morris International product. [41] 2017
Cato Institute Member As far back as 2000, internal Philip Morris documents made public through litigation show the Cato Institute listed as one of the company’s "national allies". [41] 2013
Fraser Institute Grantee Between 2012, the Fraser Institute accepted $100,000 from Philip Morris International, for “publishing research studies", according to Philip Morris' charitable disclosures. [41] 2012
Goldwater Institute Lobbying The Goldwater Institute has opposed tobacco taxes and supported Philip Morris International’s applications to sell new tobacco products in the US. In 2018, the Goldwater Institute's director of healthcare policy testified in favor of FDA approval for IQOS. [41] 2017
Heritage Foundation Lobbying The group has also opposed increase regulation on vaping. In 2017, the FDA was reviewing whether to allow Philip Morris International to sell a new product which heats but does not burn tobacco, called IQOS. That year, Heritage called on Congress to “stop blocking alternatives" to smoking. In 2018, the Heritage Foundation called on Congress and the US FDA to loosen e-cigarette regulations. The same year, a Heritage scholar testified to the FDA that IQOS had an “impressive record" and should be approved.[41] 2016
Independent Women's Forum Lobbying In 2017, an Independent Women’s Forum scholar testified to the US FDA that it should approve a new Philip Morris International product called IQOS, which heats but does not burn tobacco, so it does not unintentionally “punish women" by making it more difficult for them to quit smoking. An FDA advisory panel rejected Philip Morris's claims that the stick would be safer than smoking.[41] 2017
Institute for Policy Innovation Lobbying The Institute for Policy Innovation argued the US FDA should approve a new Philip Morris International product called IQOS for sale in the US. The product heats tobacco but does not burn it. In its comments, the Institute argued tobacco control "has partially morphed into a movement that is simply in opposition to tobacco companies". [41] NA
James Madison Institute Lobbying In 2018, the James Madison Institute testified the US FDA should approve the new Philip Morris International product, IQOS, which heats but does not burn tobacco. [41] 2016
John Locke Foundation Lobbying The John Locke Foundation has argued in support of selling new Philip Morris products in the United States. In 2017, the group joined several other free-market think-tanks to argue the US FDA should approve the PMI product the IQOS. [41] 2017
Maryland Public Policy Institute Lobbying The Maryland Public Policy Institute has repeatedly opposed tobacco taxes and supported the sale of new Philip Morris products. In 2017, the Maryland Public Policy Institute and several other free market thinktanks urged the US FDA to approve a new Philip Morris International product called IQOS for sale in the US. [41] 2017
R Street Institute Lobbying The R Street Institute has argued against regulating vaping products, while accepting donations from tobacco companies. In 2013, a physician identified as R Street Institute's "senior fellow in tobacco policy" argued for less regulation of e-cigarettes in a written comment to US FDA rule-making. As well, in 2017, the group testified to regulators that Philip Morris International “did a great job" in it application to sell its new IQOS product in the United States. An FDA advisory panel rejected Philip Morris's claims that the stick would be safer than smoking. [41] 2017
State Policy Network Lobbying Affiliated thinktanks, such as the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia, have also lobbied the US FDA to approve a new Philip Morris product called IQOS, which heats tobacco but does not burn it, for sale in the US. An FDA advisory panel rejected Philip Morris's claims that the stick would be safer than smoking. The group has accepted multiple donations from tobacco makers in the last 10 years.[41] 2016
TechFreedom Lobbying TechFreedom has written favorably to the US FDA about a new Philip Morris International product called IQOS, which heats but does not burn tobacco. TechFreedom wrote the agency should “expeditiously" approve the new product. [41] 2017
Verite (2016) Contractor Philip Morris International's global program partner, Verité has guided the development of the company’s Agricultural Labor Practices Program Progress Code and the approach to dealing with labor issues in tobacco-growing. [42] 2018
International Organization for Migration Grantee Philip Morris International partnered with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide assistance to the most vulnerable migrants and reduce exploitation and other forms of human-rights abuses in Italy's agricultural sector. The collaboration addressed immediate material needs, supports better access to social services, and provides legal and social counseling. The organization also provided emergency support to IOM in Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to build winterproof facilities for migrants at all stages of their journey. [43] 2016
Europtimum Lobbying The office of former French MEP Dominique Vlasto nurtured a special relationship with Europtimum, a lobby consultancy firm based in Strasbourg. Edouard Debra, the director and founder of Europtimum, is a former parliamentary assistant of Vlasto. Philip Morris International was one of Europtimum's largest clients, generating between EUR 150,000 and 200,000 turnover for Europtimum in 2013. Philip Morris France was another client, generating between EUR 50,000 and EUR100,000 in 2013. [44] 2014
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs Grantee According to Tobacco Watch, the Malaysian libertarian think tank Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs started receiving funds from Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris in 2015. That same year, the organization started publicly opposing to tobacco control measures. [45] 2015
Rahmat Lim & Partners, Malaysia (Allen & Gledhill) Litigation Law firm for Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd [46] 2018
Bustaman & Co Litigation Law firm for Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd [46] 2018
Australian Institute for Progress Lobbying The Australian Institute for Progress (AIP) has opposed plain packaging, questions the World Health Organization’s (WHO) capacity to control tobacco use, and criticized renowned tobacco control groups in south-east Asia. In 2016, the group’s former director, Dr Gary Johns, now the Commissioner of Australian Charities, attacked the World Health Organization's proposed international convention on tobacco for lacking transparency and excluding debate. The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) said Johns’ letter was "riddled with false accusations". In 2018, the Australian Institute for Progress also signed onto a letter to the WHO opposing plain packaging, which removes branding from cigarette packs. Johns also consulted for the the International Tax and Investment Center, which at the time received funding from Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Brands tobacco. In his role at the ITIC, Johns attacked SEATCA as an “instrument of the World Health Organization".[41] 2018
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) Grantee It received funding from a Philip Morris International affiliate in 2015, and from a second in 2016 and 2017. It also received funds from Japan Tobacco International in 2015 and 2017. In response to questions from the Guardian, British American Tobacco said it donated to Ideas, but did not disclose which years.[41] 2017
Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation Grantee Philip Morris donated $150,000 to the Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation in 2017. In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it donated to the Foundation, though did not disclose which years. British American Tobacco said it currently supports this organization.[41] 2017
Oxford Economics Grantee Philip Morris International Management, one of PMI’s affiliates in Switzerland paid for a report prepared by Oxford Economics that found 52.3 percent of Malaysian cigarettes were illicit. [47] 2018
American European Community Association Member Philip Morris International is listed amongst members of the organization. [48] 2019
American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong Member Philip Morris Asia Limited has been a member of the Organization since January 2015 [49] and sponsored a number of events. [50] </ref> 2015
Kantar Research According to Tobacco Tactics, in 2018 Kantar undertook a USD 466,212 ‘State of Smoking Survey' on behalf of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free world. [51] 2018
The Kangaroo Group Member The Kangaroo Group promotes free trade across the European Union. In 2017, the Group’s tobacco industry members were listed as Barry Ronan from British American Tobacco, Mario Muller from the Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers, Alan Hardacre from Imperial Tobacco, Kristof Doms from Philip Morris International and Paolo Bochicchio from Japan Tobacco International. [52] 2017
The International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO) Grantee Foundation for a Smoke-Free World awarded INNCO a grant to develop a business plan, which aims to “represent consumers of low-risk, alternative nicotine products and to promote tobacco harm reduction on the global stage.” [53] 2018
Factasia Member Factasia, a Hong Kong-based lobby group, promotes looser regulations of tobacco and e-cigarettes across Asia. Philip Morris International is one of its supporters, listed on its website. [54] 2020
Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) Member CAPHRA is a member of Foundation for a Smoke Free World-funded International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations and founded by Knowledge Action Change [55] 2020

Marketing, Conferences and PR[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
DK Festival Event PMI’s Senior Vice President of Global Communications, Marian Salzman spoke at the virtual DK festival in Croatia.[56] 2020
World Business Council on Sustainable Development Professional Association Philip Morris is listed as one of the members of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. [57] 2020
Foreign Policy Event This FP Virtual Dialogue brought together leaders from across U.S. policy, industry and civil society to discuss how U.S. policy and business innovation can be activated to drive transformation domestically and support the future of American leadership in the post-COVID world, inclusive representatives of Philip Morris International. [58]

In 2020, a report was produced by FP Analytics with support from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. FP Analytics is the independent research division of the FP Group. [59]

2020
Century of the Woman Event Philip Morris International sponsored the Century of a Woman event. [60] 2020
HORIZONT Digital Marketing Days 2020 Event Philip Morris International CMO Thorsten Scheibs smoke at HORIZONT Digital Marketing Days 2020. [61] 2020
3rd Scientific Summit Event PMI scientists presented at the 3rd Scientific Summit in Greece, which was held virtually September 24-25 in 2020. The conference aims to address Tobacco Harm Reduction and bring in thought leaders worldwide to discuss and present the different vital facts and figures related to the topic of Tobacco Harm Reduction. [62] 2020
Virtual CIO Symposium Event New Statesman Media Group’s Virtual CIO Symposium on Thursday 15 October will feature European CIO leaders managing thousands of technology staff and billions of pounds of IT and innovation investment. Philip Morris CTO and CIO Michael Voegele will speak at the event. [63] 2020
Romanian Design Week Event Sponsorship IQOS was a partner of the main exhibition at the Romanian Design Week, which takes place at the Plastic Fund Plant, where it presented the IQOS World concept installation: A new perspective. [64] 2020
Diplomatic Courier Event PMI COO Jacek Olczak joined the Diplomatic Courier’s “The SDG’s in Action Forum” event discussing “Industry, Infrastructure and Innovation.” [65] 2020
The Hill Event Silke Muenster, Chief Diversity Officer, addressed The Hill’s “Work Defined” virtual event. Marian Salzman, Senior Vice President, Global Communications, addressed The Hill’s “Century of the Woman” event. [66] 2020
Dow Jones Event André Calantzopoulos was a panelist in a custom event with Dow Jones' The Trust on “Multilateral Approaches to Improve Population Health”. Dr. Moira Gilchrist, Vice President of Strategic and Scientific Communications, joined the Dow Jones' The Trust in a custom event panel on “Public Private Collaborative Strategies for Information Sharing". [66] 2020
Financial Times Event Marian Salzman and Silke Muenster participated in the Financial Times’ event “Accelerating Equality,” to mark the 25th Anniversary of the UN Conference on Women. [66] Silke Muenster, Chief Diversity Officer at Philip Morris International, spoke at FT's event. [67] 2020
Intervals Funding Philip Morris International R&D has created INTERVALS, an online platform open to scientists from both academia and industry, meant to enable third-party collaboration and data analysis. The website and the associated data warehouse are developed in collaboration with Emakina and Edelweiss Connect GmbH. [68] 2020
The Economist Event In a recently held webinar organized by The Economist entitled, “Defying conventional wisdom: Promoting a fact-based approach,” PMI Chief Operating Officer Jacek Olczak discussed the challenges of institutions embracing "transformative new ways of doing business". [69] In November 2020, Vassilis Gkatzelis, Managing Director of Philip Morris Egypt & Levant, participated in a virtual panel discussion organised by the The Economist. [70] 2020
Future of Everything Festival Event In 2019, Philip Morris International attended the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival in New York City. The annual event is a celebration of ideas and innovations that will form the future – both immediate and in the longer term. According to the company, "Over the four-day event, hundreds of attendees spoke to PMI representatives about the company’s smoke-free mission and the science and technology behind smoke-free products." [71] 2019
Strategic Investor Initiative Event CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative presented their companies’ Long-Term Plans to institutional investors at CECP’s 8th CEO Investor Forum on February 24th, 2020, in New York City, André Calantzopoulos of CEO, Philip Morris International was amongst them. [72] 2020
APCO Worldwide PR APCO Worldwide was contracted to run the Foundation for Smoke-Free World’s operations in China (with a budget of USD 1.3 million) in 2019. [25]:47 A number of former Philip Morris executives either work for APCO or sit on the company's International Advisory Board, including:
  • CEO of Foundation for Smoke-Free World, Derek Yach sits on APCO’s Health Advisory Board (HAB), a subgroup of the International Advisory Board. He is currently not listed as member. [73]
  • Craig Fuller, former senior vice president for corporate affairs of Philip Morris in New York, sit on the International Advisory Board. [74]
  • Mary Foerster joined APCO’s International Advisory Board in June 2016. Previously she worked for PR firm Burson-Marsteller where she supported Philip Morris with 'strategic communications planning'. [75]
  • Project Consultant Bee Shin used to work in corporate affairs, marketing and sales for Philip Morris International. [76]
2020
SustainAbility Event In 2019, the Foundation for Smoke-Free World contracted think tank SustainAbility to hold stakeholder meetings for its upcoming “Smokefree Index”. Of t the contracted meetings four went in Poland, Brazil, Japan and the U.K. and two were canceled.[25]:55 2019
The Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco Event Philip Morris International presented at the 26th Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco in New Orleans. Philip Morris International employees presented on an application that will "help model the health impact of introducing reduced risk tobacco product in the US" [77] The event is organised by the Tobacco Merchants Association, a US-based organization which hosts discussions regarding nicotine and tobacco issues. [78] The full line up for the event is available on Tobacco Tactics. 2020
The Hill Event "On January 30, Philip Morris International sponsored The Hill’s independent, editorial live event, “A More Perfect Union?”.Jacek Olczak, Chief Operating Officer of PMI and SVP Marian Salzman both spoke at the event. [79] 2020
Women in Leadership Economic Forum Event Women in Leadership Economic Forum is the largest female economic empowerment platform in the Middle East will gather some of the leading regional and international organizations. Melissa Whiting, Vice President Inclusion & Diversity at PMI spoke at the event in 2019. [80] 2019
Filter Magazine PR In 2018 and 2019, Philip Morris International funded Filter Magazine, Politico and Vice Media. Now, the Foundation is similarly funding media outlets, with USD 190,000 allocated to Filter Magazine for “feature-length pieces, short pieces and original videos”. [81] 2019
Politico PR In 2018 and 2019, Philip Morris International funded Filter Magazine, Politico and Vice Media. Now, the Foundation is similarly funding media outlets, with USD 190,000 allocated to Filter Magazine for “feature-length pieces, short pieces and original videos”. [82] 2019
Vice PR In 2018 and 2019, Philip Morris International funded Filter Magazine, Politico and Vice Media. Now, the Foundation is similarly funding media outlets, with USD 190,000 allocated to Filter Magazine for “feature-length pieces, short pieces and original videos”. [83] 2019
CEO Investor Forum Event The CEO Investor Forums are a new platform for senior business leaders from the world’s leading companies to present long-term plans to long-term oriented institutional investors. The eighth CEO Investor Forum will take place on February 24th, 2020 in New York City with presentations from Scott G. Stephenson, Chairman, President & CEO, Verisk Analytics; Stanley Bergman, Chairman & CEO, Henry Schein, Inc; André Calantzopoulos, CEO, Philip Morris International; and Thomas J. DeRosa Chairman and CEO; Welltower. [84] 2020
Handshake Strategic Consulting Philip Morris International has partnered with Handshake, a consulting firm, for a research study on how companies navigate business, market, societal factors in their transformation. [85] 2019
APEC CEO Summit Event TAPEC CEO Summit is part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum. The consulting and auditing firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers will be participating as a Knowledge Partner. In the Platinum category are overseas companies Abbott, FedEx, Freeport, Marubeni, Merck, Pacific Hydro, and Philip Morris International.[86] The event was cancelled due to the political situation in Chile. 2019
SOFTCON Event The president of Philippine affiliate of PMI, Denis Gorkun spoke in the plenary session of the “SOFTCON.ph 7: The Philippine Software Industry Conference” organized by the Philippine Software Industry Association, a non-profit organization composed of around 150 IT companies. [87] 2019
Fabula Hill + Knowlton Strategies PR The Lithuanian Department of Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol Control has received numerous complaints about a misleading social campaign promoting "smoking cessation" by the Lithuanian affiliate of Philip Morris International. The campaign was implemented by Fabula Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a public relations agency. [88] 2019
KAC Communications Event Anti-smoking groups have gone to war over a vaping conference in Melbourne amid allegations of intimidation of the event's attendees and secret tobacco industry funding. The Australian health bodies claim KAC Communications has financial ties to the Foundation of a Smoke-Free World, which was established with Philip Morris funding. [89] 2019
Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum Event The event is run by the Tobacco Merchants Association, a US-based organization which hosts discussions regarding nicotine and tobacco issues. The organization also owns and runs the Tobacco Reporter magazine. [90] Moira Gilchrist, vice president of strategic and scientific communications at Philip Morris International spoke at the event in 2020. </ref> GFNF website, 2020 AGENDA, May 2020, Accessed 1 December 2020 </ref> Marc Firestone (President of external affairs and general counsel) and J B Simko ( VP of external affairs) for Philip Morris International were among speakers at the 2019 Forum in Washington DC. [91] 2020
Pantarhei Advisors Europe Lobbying According to Politico, among the lobbyists on the EU Transparency Register, representing Philip Morris International is lobby firm Pantarhei Advisors Europe. [92] Think-tanks from multiple countries received funding from British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International, alongside governments as they argued against tobacco controls (James to enter individual countries). [93] Philip Morris has previously donated to one of Australia’s most prominent right-wing think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). [94] 2018
New Zealand Fashion Week PR Several fashion labels turned down a sponsorship proposal from Philip Morris International that would have seen the tobacco pay their fees and venue costs for the fashion labels to appear at the 2019 New Zealand Fashion Week. [95] 2019
Munich Security Conference Event Johannes Hahn, Vice President Illicit Trade Prevention at Philip Morris International previously spoke at one of Munich Security Conference -related events on Transnational Security in Minsk, Belarus. [96] 2019
Politico Advertising British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International advertised with Politico in June 2019. [97] 2019
TBMEvolution Event Philip Morris International's VP of Digital Capability Development & Training talked at TBMEvolution's 3rd Annual eCommerce & Digital Engagement summit [98] 2019
IsoNTech Conference Event Developers, manufactures and distributors of eCigsar invited to demonstrate new products and discuss their design and development at IsoNTech Conference. Representatives from British American Tobacco (Chris Proctor), Philip Morris International (Gizelle Baker) and Juul (Erik Augustson) were present. [99] 2019
Globsec Event The PMI IMPACT Conference It Takes a Network to Combat Illicit Trade. Achievements, Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions is one of the three conferences leading up to the annual GLOBSEC 2019 Bratislava Forum alongside Forbes’ Under 30 Summit Global Retreat and Central European Think Tank Forum, and is scheduled to take place on June 5-6, 2019 in the Sheraton Hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia. The agenda can be found here.[100] 2019
Concordia Summit Sponsorship Philip Morris International sponsored the 2018 Concordia Summit in New York. [101] In 2020, CEO André Calantzopoulos presented high-level remarks during the 2020 Concordia Annual Summit exploring “Leading Industry Transformation with Purpose”.[66] 2020
Thirteen (McCann World Group Holdings) PR Philip Morris International appointed Thirteen on a project basis for an undisclosed IQOS product launch. [102] 2018
Halogen Lobbying According to a Public Interest Investigation website, Powerbase, Halogen Communications has been working with Philip Morris International to undermine the Scottish government's plan packaging laws. [103] 2018
Klive PR Philip Morris International, along with several other brands and startups, have signed on to work with Klive – a new agency founded by a cohort of ex-Omnicom and WPP marketers. [104] 2018
Instinctif Partners Lobbying The UK Public Aīairs and Lobbying Register from June-August 2016 lists Philip Morris UK as one of Instinctif Partners clients. [105] 2015
Other Creative London PR In October 2018, Philip Morris launched "Hold my light" with a campaign website and a film in which a woman navigates a maze of lasers to relinquish her cigarette lighter to a group of friends. The film was created by Trigger, while content is by Other Creative. Biddable media and programmatic video display was handled by Merkle Periscopix and Amplifi. [106] The company was also responsible for Philip Morris'imagery behind the 2018 New Year's resolution announcement. [107] 2018
Merkle Periscopix PR In October 2018, Philip Morris launched "Hold my light" with a campaign website and a film in which a woman navigates a maze of lasers to relinquish her cigarette lighter to a group of friends. The film was created by Trigger, while content is by Other Creative. Biddable media and programmatic video display was handled by Merkle Periscopix and Amplifi. [106] 2018
Amplifi PR In October 2018, Philip Morris launched "Hold my light" with a campaign website and a film in which a woman navigates a maze of lasers to relinquish her cigarette lighter to a group of friends. The film was created by Trigger, while content is by Other Creative. Biddable media and programmatic video display was handled by Merkle Periscopix and Amplifi. [106] 2018
Trigger PR In October 2018, Philip Morris launched "Hold my light" with a campaign website and a film in which a woman navigates a maze of lasers to relinquish her cigarette lighter to a group of friends. The film was created by Trigger, while content is by Other Creative. Biddable media and programmatic video display was handled by Merkle Periscopix and Amplifi. [106] 2018
Pagefield Communications PR

Official statement on working with the tobacco industry: "Working for a tobacco company is always a contentious decision for agencies like ours, especially when the role involves reputation management. Too many consultancies – if they take on that work – are only too happy to conceal the work they are doing.

We did the opposite from day one of our three-year partnership with Philip Morris’s Reduced Risk business.

Up on our website went the Philip Morris logo. Three years later and as recently as last night, we won an international PR industry award for our work launching the groundbreaking IQOS – a reduced risk, heat-not-burn product which is 95 percent less harmful than standard cigarettes. Getting shortlisted against far less contentious brands was a victory in itself. Winning for work with a tobacco brand was a massive achievement and a pleasant but not complete surprise.

We were in a fortunate situation. First and foremost, we had already made the decision that if we were to work Philip Morris, it would be because it was creating viable, safer and scientifically-proven alternatives to traditional tobacco products.

When they approached us to help lay the groundwork for the launch of IQOS, it was an easy decision. This – alongside the business’ move towards reinventing itself – made for a worthwhile and fascinating brief.

So, what lessons have we learnt from this campaign that are applicable to other distrusted companies planning to launch a significant, transformative new product or business model?

Firstly, the work we all do for our clients is essentially about developing a robust argument. This does not need to be in the confrontational sense. It can be a strident view, a case or perhaps just a story. But central to all of these there is usually a position which is designed to convey or convince, with evidence in support. Essentially, this is all about putting across the position of our clients in the most interesting and convincing way – but most crucially, always remaining loyal to facts and values.

Second, equally important is the purpose (or values) behind the transformation. For the first time Philip Morris was prepared to commit to a smoke-free future. Purpose was put ahead of product and that made for a more captivating story.

Third is the power of transparency. In a highly regulated market where advertising of tobacco products is illegal, it was crucial for Philip Morris to open up as much as possible. Historically, tobacco businesses have been evasive and reluctant to do this. We therefore made an early decision to push to be as transparent as possible. What better way to do this than giving The Today programme full access to the story and Philip Morris’ headquarters and research and development centre in Switzerland.

Tobacco businesses, like other businesses in controversial sectors, will never fully escape their past and earn the halo that less contentious businesses can earn. But if they are finally trying to change and are investing billions in creating products and scientific solutions that will eventually consign cigarettes to the past, then why shouldn’t people know about it?"[108]

2017 SABRE awards winners for launching IQOS and Helping the Tobacco Giant Quit Smoking [109]

In June 2020, Pagefield sent news outlets press releases that appeared to attempt to discredit NHS and council stop-smoking services, which are understood to create vast net savings nationally by helping people to stop smoking. Pagefield did not initially say it was working on behalf of Philip Morris International. [110]

2017
Feinstein Kean Healthcare PR Feinstein Kean Healthcare, wholly owned subsidiary of Ogilvy PR, provides an array of communications and consulting services to biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other healthcare companies. As of March 2018, Lynn Blenkhorn is listed as a media contact for the Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. [111] 2017
CNC Communications, now KEKST CNC PR Kekst CNC's clients include a broad range of public and private companies, institutions, alternative investment firms, and non-profit organizations. [112] Tobacco Tactics reposrts CNC listed Philip Morris as a client in the 2014 EU Transparency Register. [113] 2014
Mercury Public Affairs PR Altria's key lobbying firm in Washington DC, Mercury was also hired by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. [114] In 2018, the Foundation spent USD 665 000 with Mercury Public Affairs. [115] 2018
FIM Moto GP Sponsorship The two organisations have collaborated for 26 years. As of 2019, PMI claims the partnership will focus on “advancing the cause of a smoke-free world”. [116] 2019
One Young World Event Anti-Illicit Trade Intelligence Manager for Philip Morris International, Mustapha Ramli was one of the delegates for the 2018 One Young World Conference. [117] One Young World is a UK-based charity that gathers together young leaders from around the world. [118] 2018
Cross My Heart Productions LLC Event USD 770,073 Media and Production contract with the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, according to Form 990 PF (2018). [119] 2018

Social Media Influencers[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
Gabriele Gzimailaite Contractor Gzimailaite, who has 120,000 Instagram followers, had been flown out to Milan by Philip Morris Internatonal for an Iqos party, where she posed against an Iqos-branded wall and posted pictures of the device. [120] 2019
Valik Popsoviy Contractor Valik Popsoviy, a 19-year-old singer and Instagram influencer from Kyiv shared a video of IQOS Heets with his 15,200 followers. [121] 2019
Regina Blandón Contractor Mexican actress Regina Blandón was among celebrities who appeared in a social media campaign for IQOS. [122] 2019

Foundation For A Smoke-Free World[edit]

Organization Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
Asociación Argentina De Servicios Y Estudios Médicos De Avanzada Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee COP9 - Increasing Awareness Jan-21
Child Sight Foundation Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Economics of cessation and THR in South Asia: A Scoping Study and Situation Analysis Sep-20
Child Sight Foundation Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Systematic review and situation analysis of smoking and perceptions about harm reduction amongst slum dwellers in Dhaka City Sep-18
ORG Architecten En Stadsontwerpers BVBA Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee "Support the process of design and construction of the Lilongwe Center for Agricultural Transformation" Nov-19
Anaytisch-Biologisches Forschungslabor Gmbh Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Phase 2 Biomarker research: conduct the literature review, clinical study, and analysis of collected samples to identify meaningful biomarkers that properly distinguish between nicotine product use groups Feb-21
Anaytisch-Biologisches Forschungslabor Gmbh Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Phase 1 Biomarker Research Jan-19
Patras Science Park S.A. - Biohealth Hub Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Development of an Institute for Research and Innovation on THR- Perceived Risk Study and Intervention of Smoke-free Products in Greece Jan-19
Patras Science Park S.A. - Biohealth Hub Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Development of an Institute for Research and Innovation on THR- Perceived Risk Study and Intervention of Smoke-free Products in Greece Oct-18
A.F. Development Care LLP Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Alternative livelihood Options for Women Bidi Rollers- Primary Research and Policy Mapping of home-based Women bidi rollers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Aug-20
Agenome LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Cancer risk in Smoking Subjects Assessed by Next Generation Sequencing profiling of circulating free DNA and RNA May-21
Yayasan Pena Bulu Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Build capacity to share stories that present facts about THR and nicotine use to all stakeholders Nov-20
ECLAT SRL Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee "Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR)" Mar-24
ECLAT SRL Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee "Guidelines and Framework for the Quality of Tobacco/Nicotine product research" May-20
ECLAT SRL Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Catania Conversation: a multi-pronged initiative to fill the gaps in communication around tobacco harm reduction May-20
ECLAT SRL Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Multi-country longitudinal study of the tobacco/nicotine usage patterns and their impact on health in Europe: RFP preparation for the replication of EU-PATH study. Jul-19
ECLAT SRL Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Accelerate and improve smoking precision and detection rate of monitoring the smoking episodes by using the SmokeBeat Technology Nov-18
ECLAT SRL Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR) Aug-18
Youth Bridge, Inc. Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee In-depth assessment on the culture of smoking in Liberia Dec-19
Youth Bridge, Inc. Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee In-depth assessment on the culture of smoking in Liberia Dec-18
Youth Bridge, Inc. Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee In-depth assessment on the culture of smoking in Liberia Sep-18
Central Region Milk Producers Association Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Concept study: Strengthening Smallholder Dairy Agribusiness as Viable Alternative to Tobacco Dec-19
Farmers Union of Malawi Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee "Rebuilding Smallholder Farmers Livelihoods through Agriculture Recovery Project" Jun-20
LTS International Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Research and Evaluation Partner Proposal Feb-22
LTS International Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Advisory Service for M&E and Programming Jun-21
LTS International Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Working Paper Series - How can Gender inequalities in the Tobacco Value Chain inform interventions towards inclusive livelihood diversification Sep-20
LTS International Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Tobacco Value Chain Analysis Oct-19
LTS International Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee ATI and CAT Theory of Change Apr-19
LTS International Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Travel and Participation in ATI Meetings in Stellenbosch, SA Apr-19
Rotary Club of Lilongwe Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee LUANAR Scholarship Fund Dec-23
Southern African Foundation for Agriculture & Climate Change Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Transitioning Tobacco Farmers to Alternative Livelihoods Aug-18
Thanthwe Holdings Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Horticulture value chain transformation project Jan-21
Centre of Research Excellence On Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking, The Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking – Center Grant Aug-24
Centre of Research Excellence On Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking, The Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Bridging grant Aug-19
Centre of Research Excellence On Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking, The Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Proposal to build a global center for smoking cessation and harm reduction in indigenous people Jun-19
Alternative Research Initiative Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee COP9 - Increasing Awareness Dec-20
Alternative Research Initiative Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Barriers to smoking cessation and harm reduction in marginalized communities Dec-19
Alternative Research Initiative Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Continuation of work on mapping the status of harm reduction products in Pakistan Dec-18
Alternative Research Initiative Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Mapping the status of harm reduction products in Pakistan Aug-18
Qbal (Quality Belligerence) Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Situation analysis and development of a comprehensive report on tobacco economics in Pakistan Jul-20
Qbal (Quality Belligerence) Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Identifying, assessing, and designing clinical trials and evaluation methods for readily available consumer products Dec-19
Qbal (Quality Belligerence) Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee FCTC for Farmers Too - Bridging grant Dec-18
Qbal (Quality Belligerence) Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee FCTC for Farmers Too Sep-18
University of Cape Town Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee African Centre Of Excellence For Smoking And Mental Health Apr-19
University of Cape Town Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee African Centre Of Excellence For Smoking And Mental Health Jan-19
University of Stellenbosch, Business School Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Developing an ethical framework for a smoke-free world Nov-18
Ernst & Young Ag Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Lessons from countries with ANDS availability which have seen drastic drops in number of smokers Mar-20
Ernst & Young Ag Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Determinants of a smoker characterization tool Mar-20
International Network Of Nicotine Consumer Organisations Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Development of a business plan to strengthen nicotine consumer organizations network Jul-20
International Network Of Nicotine Consumer Organisations Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Strengthen and build capacity for Tobacco Harm Reduction as a tool to reduce incidence of smoking Jun-21
International Network Of Nicotine Consumer Organisations Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee COP9 and NCDs Jul-20
International Network Of Nicotine Consumer Organisations Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Strengthening nicotine consumer organizations Jul-19
Asia Management Private Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee A Survey of Smoking Behavior of Young Adults in Maldives Mar-20
Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Economic analysis of tobacco, tobacco products, and their alternatives in Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Jun-20
A.C. Nielsen Amer (Shj. Br.) Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Global State of Smoking Poll 2019 Oct-19
Ack Consultants Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers in developing countries Dec-18
Cambridge Design Partnership Ltd Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Looking to the future: Emerging innovations to end smoking: Phase 2 Addressing the impediments to mass adoption of RRP in LMIC Feb-20
Cambridge Design Partnership Ltd Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Emerging technologies to drive mass adoption of reduced-risk products Aug-18
Centre for Health Research and Education Limited, UK Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Working towards achieving and sustaining smoke-free at UK's Priory Group Mental Health Hospitals Nov-20
Centre for Health Research and Education Limited, UK Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Smoke-Free UK- identifying and addressing the needs of the remaining hard core of smokers and their influencers Jun-20
Centre for Health Research and Education Limited, UK Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Evaluating the feasibility and establishment of a multi-center network for tobacco research and cessation in India Jul-20
Centre for Substance Use Research Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Proposal to develop a Centre of Excellence in Behavioral Research Related to ANDS and Smoking Cessation Aug-18
Centre for Substance Use Research Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Determinants and impacts of switching to reduced risk products (RRPs) Aug-18
Euromonitor International Inc Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Tobacco Transformation Index Nov-22
Euromonitor International Inc Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee EU Menthol Ban Impact Analysis Dec-20
Feng Insight Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee China policy landscape and related highlevel strategic review of FSFW engagement, including recommendations. Nov-19
Knowledge Action Change Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee KAC Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme Aug-23
Knowledge Action Change Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Feb-24
Knowledge Action Change Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Road Shows Jan-20
Knowledge Action Change Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Increase capacity for conducting and understanding research related to tobacco harm reduction May-19
Knowledge Action Change Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Production of a combination of online broadcasts, special reports, interviews, and photojournalism pieces to increase the profile and extend the dissemination of the GTHR report worldwide and specially at COP8 Dec-18
Knowledge Action Change Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Translation of the executive summary of GSTHR report from English to Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish Nov-18
Knowledge Action Change Limited Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee To produce the first edition of the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) Oct-18
Oncimmune Ltd Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Characterization of COVID-19 outcomes in a high-risk cohort: Assessment of background levels of autoantibodies in an at risk population of smokers as a prognostic marker for severe COVID-19 infection. Sep-20
Oncimmune Plc Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Establishment of a trust (the “Lung Trust”) suitable for the application, receipt, and administration of future grant awards Jul-20
American Masala Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee 51 Shades of Smokey Grey Jul-20
Asia Public History Foundation Inc Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Smoky Horizons: Tobacco and Empire in Asia (1850-1950) Aug-19
Behavioral Diagnostics, LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee An Integrated Epigenetic ELISA Saliva Kit for Detecting & Quantifying the Use of Tobacco and Nicotine Products Feb-21
Behavioral Diagnostics, LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Biomarker research program Jan-19
Biochromex Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Nicotine product relative risk assessment Jun-20
BOTEC Analysis, LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee A Multi-disciplinary Investigation into the Drivers for Smoking Cessation in Five Countries with ANDS Markets Sep-20
Carlyle Global Partners LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Co-Host "A Celebration of Knowledge and Innovation at the Nexus of Wellness and a Smoke-Free World." Sep-18
Carlyle Global Partners LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Co-host summit celebration of knowledge & innovation at the nexus of wellness & smoke free world Mar-18
Causal Design Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Value Chain Landscaping Activity Apr-20
Causal Design Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee ATI Research and Evaluation Partner Feb-22
Causal Design Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee "Advisory service work stream to support programming and implementation along the ATI theory of change" May-21
Causal Design Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Value Chain Growth Diagnostics Scoping Report Jul-19
Causal Design Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Travel and Participation in ATI Meetings in Stellenbosch, SA Apr-19
Causal Design Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Structural Transformation Research in Malawi Apr-19
Clinivantage Healthcare Technologies, Inc Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Rural and urban-slum patterns of tobacco cessation and use Aug-18
COHRED USA - Council On Health Research For Development Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Strengthening national research system capacity in Low- and Middle-Income countries in support of tobacco control, health, equity and development. Brief Title: NRS for FCTC20-21-22 Sep-20
Conrad Foundation Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Two-year core funding to continue Conrad Challenge. May-21
Conrad Foundation Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Conrad Challenge winners 2019 Jun-20
Conrad Foundation Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Sponsorship of the 2018-2019 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge May-19
Conrad Foundation Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Sponsorship of the 2017-2018 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge May-18
Cornell University Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Economic Analysis of Harm Reduction, Hyperbolic Discounting, and Menthol Feb-21
Cornell University Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee An Economic Study of Risk Perceptions and Consumer Demand for Harm Reduction Products Jan-21
Drexel University Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Study the impacts of e-cigarette and tobacco smoke residue Oct-19
Embera Neuro Therapeutics Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Manufacturing EMB-001 Clinical Trial Material for the Phase 2a Tobacco Use Disorder (TUD) clinical study to be conducted at the Rose Research Center (RRC) under the RRC’s Center Grant from the FSFW. Sep-20
Etheim Biotics, LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Smoking Dysbiosis and Restorative Methods: Probiotic approaches to restore the human microbiome in those who have recently quit cigarette smoking. Feb-24
Fox Foundation Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Center to promote healthy behavioral change Jan-19
FP Group Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Sponsorship of Her Power Summit Sep-20
Global Knowledge Initiative Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Design of the Agri-Preneur Accelerator Program (AAP) Jun-19
Healthy Initiatives Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Economics of ending smoking epidemic by evaluating the status and the gaps in existing TC policies in Ukraine, the Russian Federation and number of developing Former Soviet countries in East and Central Asia (ECA) region Jul-20
Institute of International Education, Inc., The Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee "Proposal to Manage an Agricultural Transformation Initiative Fellowship and Scholarship Fund" Mar-22
Intl Fcstone Financial Inc. Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee "Gold Sponsorship and Five Additional Participants Event: Southern Africa Structured Trade Seminar 26-29 June 2018" Jun-18
Just Managing Consulting Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Public Health and Government Investment in Tobacco - Phase II Sep-20
Just Managing Consulting Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Public Health and Government Investment in Tobacco - Phase 1 Mar-20
Land O'Lakes Venture37 Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Centre for Agricultural Transformation in Malawi Jan-24
Law Enforcement Action Partners (Filter Magazine) Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Build capacity to share stories that present facts about THR and nicotine use to all stakeholders Jun-20
Lumos Diagnostics Pty Ltd Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee The development of a rapid point-of-care (POC) assay panel that will be able to differentiate between multi-use of nicotine products. Feb-21
Lumos Diagnostics Pty Ltd Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Biomarker research program Jun-20
Metaform Ventures LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Indian Smokeless Tobacco Product Characterization Aug-20
Metaform Ventures LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Chemical characterization of Indian smokeless tobacco products (slts) and evaluation of the harm induced by these products Dec-18
Metaform Ventures LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Proposal Development for Establishing Center of Excellence in India Aug-18
Nanocomposix Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Biomarkers to differentiate nicotine product types Jun-19
Opportunity International, Inc. Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee "Technology-enhanced finance and training extension: a pilot to transform smallholder agricultural livelihoods in Malawi" Jul-20
Palladium Group Global Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Investment Support Facility Jan-22
Palladium Group Global Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Bamboo As A Solution Jan-21
Rose Research Center, LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Translational Research Center to Promote a Smoke-Free World Feb-24
San Francisco Study Center Inc Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Comparative Tobacco Interventions for Individuals with Severe and Persisting Behavioral Health Disorders Oct-22
Strategic Impact Advisors Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee "Stimulating Smallholder Farmer Mobile Money Use For the Journey To Digital Financial Inclusion" Dec-20
Sustainability Inc. Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Tobacco Transformation Index Oct-20
University of California San Francisco, School of Nursing Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Interventions to reduce smoking among people with mental health disorders Sep-18
University of Illinois Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab for Value Chain Development May-21
University of Michigan State (MSU) Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Malawi’s Policy Agenda for the Transformation of Agriculture (MwAPATA) Dec-21
University of Minnesota Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Data Revolution for Agricultural Markets (DRAM) Validation Exercise Oct-20
University Of Virginia - Institute For Environmental Negotiation Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee "Breaking the Cigarette Habit in an Evolving Tobacco, Nicotine and Alternative Products Landscape" Oct-19
Vida News LLC Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee VIDA News & World Storytellers Jan-21
Yale University Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Tobacco cessation and harm reduction in the Global South Oct-20
Yale University Foundation For A Smoke-Free World grantee Support Yale University to work with Signals Analytics as Signal Adapts a platform already in use for FSFW to help in humanitarian efforts around COVID-19 Nov-20

British American Tobacco Partners and Allies[edit]

Accounting, Audit, Banking and Legal[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
Lexaria Bioscience Corp R&D Lexaria Bioscience announced that it has entered a research and development framework agreement with British American Tobacco to investigate Lexaria's technology for potential use in nicotine products. [123] 2020
Boond Solar Contractor British American Tobacco has contracted Boond Engineering Bangladesh (Boond Solar) to develop a 1.75 MW solar project in its premises in Bangladesh. [124] 2020
Kinaxis Contractor British American Tobacco selected Kinaxis as its supply chain planning partner in September 2019. [125] 2019
Cravath, Swaine & Moore Litigation Six top law firms have advised on British American Tobacco’s mega-buyout of Reynolds American. According to official announcements from BAT and Reynolds, the law firms and other reports, the legal advisers to various groups involved in the deal are: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Herbert Smith Freehills; Jones Day; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Moore & Van Allen; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. [126] 2017
Shearn Delamore & Co. Litigation Law firm for British American Tobacco Malaysia. [127] 2018
Wong & Partners (Baker & McKenzie International) Litigation Law firm for British American Tobacco Malaysia.[127] 2018
De Borja Marasigan Allado Law Partnership Litigation Law firm for British American Tobacco Philippines.[127] 2018
Herbert Smith Freehills Litigation Herbert Smith Freehills advised their long-standing client British American Tobacco on a recommended offer to acquire the remaining 57.8 percent of Reynolds it does not already own, which at the time amounted to a value of USD 49.4 billion. [128] 2018
Jones Day Litigation Six top law firms have advised on British American Tobacco’s mega-buyout of Reynolds American. According to official announcements from BAT and Reynolds, the law firms and other reports, the legal advisers to various groups involved in the deal are: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Herbert Smith Freehills; Jones Day; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Moore & Van Allen; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.[126] 2017
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Litigation Six top law firms have advised on British American Tobacco’s mega-buyout of Reynolds American. According to official announcements from BAT and Reynolds, the law firms and other reports, the legal advisers to various groups involved in the deal are: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Herbert Smith Freehills; Jones Day; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Moore & Van Allen; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.[126] 2017
Moore & Van Allen Litigation Herbert Smith Freehills advised their long-standing client British American Tobacco on a recommended offer to acquire the remaining 57.8 percent of Reynolds it does not already own, which at the time amounted to a value of USD49.4 billion. [129] 2017
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Litigation Six top law firms have advised on British American Tobacco’s mega-buyout of Reynolds American. According to official announcements from BAT and Reynolds, the law firms and other reports, the legal advisers to various groups involved in the deal are: Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Herbert Smith Freehills; Jones Day; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Moore & Van Allen; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.[126] 2017
KPMG Research A KPMG conducted a study for British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International that revealed one in every ten cigarettes consumed in the European Union in 2013 were illicit. [130]

KPMG LLP was appointed as the Group Auditors for British American Tobacco in March 2015 and their appointment was confirmed by shareholders at the 2015 AGM. [131]

2014
EY Audit British American Tobacco hired EY to conduct an independent review of the company's sustainability data. [132]

Fees: 2018: GBP 18,000 [133]:105 2017: GBP 15,000 [133]:105

2017
Deloitte Consulting Deloitte provides British American Tobacco with general advice on remuneration matters including: market trends and comparator group analysis; policy review and shareholder engagement perspectives; and independent measurement of the relative TSR performance conditions[133]:105

Fees:

2018: GBP 136,700 [133]:105 2017: GBP 86,000 [133]:105

2018

Think-tanks & International Organizations[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
Fur Zukunftsfragen Sponsorship The organization has been actively working with British American Tobacco on research for years. [134] 2020
Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FBCCI) Sponsorship FBCCI is a business organisation which promotes private sector interests in Bangladesh. British American Tobacco's current chairman Golam Mainuddin is one of FBCCI's elected directors for the 2019-2020 term. FBCCI is a strategic partner of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.[135] 2020
Crime Stoppers International (2018) Event In 2018, Thomas Compernolle, former Senior Global Engagement Manager and current EU affairs Director of British American Tobacco, was invited to speak at the 39th Crime Stoppers International conference. [136] 2018
Retailers Against Smuggling Member Retailers Against Smuggling is an Irish organization that gathers retailers' efforts to prevent illicit trade in the country. It is funded by the Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee, composed of JTI Ireland, Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobacco subsidiaries. [137] 2019
Polish Confederation Lewiatan Member Polish organisation with members from BAT Poland and PMI Poland. Its website lists the organisation’s activities over the last 15 years, among which is successfully campaigning against tax rises and other benefits for the tobacco industry. [138] 2020
International Chamber of Commerce Lobbyng This Paris-based organization was founded in 1919 and bills itself as the world's largest business organization. It regularly issues reports sympathetic to the tobacco industry and lobbied against plain packaging proposals. British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International sit on its influential anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiative. [139] 2020
Digital Coding & Tracking Association (DCTA) Event The Digital Coding and Tracking Association (DCTA) is a front group, launched in 2013 by the four multinational tobacco companies: British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International. The DCTA has promoted the industry’s tobacco tracking and tracing technology, Codentify, often without disclosing its relationship to the tobacco industry. [140] 2019
Americans for Tax Reform Sponsorship In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco and British American Tobacco both disclosed they donated to Americans for Tax Reform, though did not disclose which years.[141] 2017
The Atlas Network Member The Atlas Network is a thinktank based in Arlington, Virginia, which says it has more than 490 "partner" thinktanks in more than 90 countries around the world. In two annual reports in 2015 and 2016, the group said it received donations from British American Tobacco.[141] 2016
Canadian Taxpayers Federation Member The group receives support from the Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers Council, which is supported by companies including British American Tobacco.[141] 2020
National Taxpayers Union Member In response to questions from the Guardian, British American Tobacco said it currently supports this organization.[141] 2017
Australian Institute for Progress Lobbying In 2018, the Australian Institute for Progress also signed onto a letter to the WHO opposing plain packaging, which removes branding from cigarette packaging. Johns also consulted for the the International Tax and Investment Center, which at the time received funding from Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Brands tobacco. In his role at the ITIC, Johns attacked SEATCA as an “instrument of the World Health Organization".[141]

In response to questions from the Guardian, the Institute said it is an “independent thinktank and we do work in areas which are significant to us”. Although the group said it does not disclose its funding, British American Tobacco said it had not supported AIP. [141]

2018
Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) Lobbying IPA has a relationship with British American Tobacco Australia and New Zealand "that goes back decades," according to Tobacco Tactics, a database run by the University of Bath, and has repeatedly taken direct funding from tobacco companies.[141] 2018
New Zealand Taxpayers' Union Lobbying New Zealand Taxpayers' Union has repeatedly opposed plain packaging, which removes branding from cigarettes packs. Dozens of Atlas thinktanks, including the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union, signed open letters to the World Health Organization opposing plain packaging in 2016 and 2018. In response to questions from the Guardian, British American Tobacco said it currently supports this organization.[141] 2018
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) Lobbying The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) was one of dozens of free-market thinktanks which opposed plain packaging in a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2016 . In response to questions from the Guardian, British American Tobacco said it donated to Ideas, but did not disclose which years.[141] 2017
Austrian Economics Center Lobbying The Austrian Economics Center has repeatedly opposed plain packaging, which removes branding from cigarette packaging. Dozens of free-market thinktanks, including the the Austrian Economics Center, signed open letters to the World Health Organization opposing plain packaging in 2016 and 2018. In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco and British American Tobacco both disclosed they donated to the Austrian Economics Center, but did not disclose which years.[141] 2018
Institute of Economic Affairs Lobbying In 2011, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) co-signed a letter to the editor of the Telegraph calling for a "halt to the relentless campaign to 'denormalise' smoking" and pushing against plain packaging. The same year, British American Tobacco gave more than £10,000 to the IEA, and £20,000 in 2012, according to disclosures by BAT.[141] 2018
TaxPayers' Alliance Lobbying The TaxPayers' Alliance was among a handful of Atlas affiliates which co-signed a letter to the editor of the Telegraph calling for a "halt to the relentless campaign to 'denormalise' smoking" and pushing against plain packaging. In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it also donated to TaxPayers' Alliance, though did not disclose which years, and British American Tobacco said it currently supports this organization. [141] 2018
Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation Sponsorship Philip Morris donated $150,000 to the Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation in 2017. In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it donated to the Foundation, though did not disclose which years. British American Tobacco said it currently supports this organization. In 2016 and 2018, the foundation was one of dozens of Atlas-affiliated thinktanks which signed a letter to the World Health Organization opposing plain packaging, which removes branding from cigarette packs.[141] 2017
Warsaw Enterprise Institute Lobbying Warsaw Enterprise Institute was among dozens of free-market thinktanks to oppose plain packaging in an open letter to the World Health Organization in 2018. Plain packaging removes branding from cigarette packs, and is fiercely opposed by tobacco companies. In response to questions from the Guardian, British American Tobacco said it donated to the Warsaw Enterprise Institute, but did not disclose which years.[141] 2018
Forrest EU Lobbying Forest EU is supported by the Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers (CECCM), whose members are Japan Tobacco International (JTI), British American Tobacco (BAT) and Imperial Brands PLC (IMB) and by the members of the European Smoking Tobacco Association (ESTA). Their annual budget in 2018 was EUR 165,000. [142] 2018
The Kangaroo Group PR The Kangaroo Group promotes free trade across the European Union. In 2017, the Group’s tobacco industry members were listed as Barry Ronan from British American Tobacco, Mario Muller from the Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers, Alan Hardacre from Imperial Tobacco, Kristof Doms from Philip Morris International and Paolo Bochicchio from Japan Tobacco International. [143] 2017

Marketing, Conferences and PR[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
Finnacial Times Marketing The BAT Group has been named as a diversity leader by the Financial Times for a second consecutive year. [144] 2020
TR Business Sponsorship British American Tobacco signed up as official sponsor of the Tobacco Category Insights webinar in September 2020. [145] 2020
London Symphony Orchestra Sponsorship The London Symphony Orchestra still receives sponsorship from British American Tobacco. [146] 2019
Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum Event The event is run by the Tobacco Merchants Association, a US-based organization which hosts discussions regarding nicotine and tobacco issues. The organization also owns and runs the Tobacco Reporter magazine. [147] David O’Reilly, director of scientific research for British American Tobacco was be one of the speakers at the 2019 Forum in Washington DC and the 2020 virtual meeting (with Kingsley Wheaton, chief marketing officer). [148] </ref> GFNF website, 2020 AGENDA, May 2020, Accessed 1 December 2020 </ref> 2020
Politico PR British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International advertised with Politico in June 2019. [149] 2019
IsoNTech Conference Event Developers, manufactures and distributors of eCigsar invited to demonstrate new products and discuss their design and development at IsoNTech Conference. Representatives from British American Tobacco (Chris Proctor), Philip Morris International (Gizelle Baker) and Juul (Erik Augustson) were present. [150] 2019
Kantar Media PR BAT commissioned Kantar Media in 2017 to conduct a global media review. The review identified the key issues covered by the tobacco industry and FMCG peer companies; relevant national and international regulation; international standards and frameworks, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals; external reports and allegations regarding BAT or the tobacco industry; and risk monitoring and outlook reports, such as those of the World Economic Forum. [151] 2017
FTI Consulting PR FTI Consulting is listed as British America Tobacco's press contact for global media releases. [152] 2020
Geometry Global Event Geometry Global Japan has curated an art installation, “Do-Re-Mi-Rella by glo”. The event is designed for British American Tobacco Japan which launched the next-generation tobacco device “glo” in Sendai in December 2016. [153] Geometry controversially removed a black artist from a campaign for British American Tobacco device Glo shortly before the campaign launched, in a move that appears to be connected to the Black Lives Matter movement. [154] 2017
Sard Verbinnen PR Sard Verbinnen & Co., LLC provides strategic communications advice and services that help clients in managing their position and specific events affecting their reputation, business, and market value. The company also provides services in the areas of corporate positioning that include development of strategies and initiatives based on research, judgment, and thinking for individuals and institutions; and offers communication advisory services to boards and senior management of public and private organizations, as well as small and mid-cap companies. 2017
EUK Consulting PR & Lobbying EUK is Westminster and Brussels based consultancy, providing; bespoke public affairs, lobbying and issues-management services, political consultants, politics, british politics, London parliament. [155] 2017
Red Flag PR Red Flag is an international consultancy specialising in strategic communications, government relations, crisis management and regulatory engagement. The company was listed as lobbyists for British American Tobacco in 2016 EU talks regarding implementation of FCTC. [156] Red Flag spent more than EUR 300,000 on its Brussels operations last year, with its clients including Pernod Ricard, British American Tobacco and American pesticide producer Monsanto.[157] 2017
Ogilvy Hong Kong PR According to the company's website, Ogilvy has been working with British American Tobacco for 15 years. [158] 2016
APCO Worldwide PR Former British American Tobacco executive Sulaiman Beydoun who managed communications and engagement for the Middle East Area sits on the company's International Advisory Board.[159] 2020

Imperial Brands[edit]

Consultancies, Banking and Finance[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
Retailers Against Smuggling Lobbying Retailers Against Smuggling is an Irish organization that gathers retailers' efforts to prevent illicit trade in the country. It is funded by the Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee, composed of JTI Ireland, Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobacco subsidiaries.[160] 2019
International Chamber of Commerce Lobbying This Paris-based organization was founded in 1919 and bills itself as the world's largest business organization. It regularly issues reports sympathetic to the tobacco industry and lobbied against plain packaging proposals. British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International sit on its influential anti counterfeiting and piracy initiative. [161] 2019
Digital Coding & Tracking Association (DCTA) Members The Digital Coding and Tracking Association (DCTA) is a front group, launched in 2013 by the four multinational tobacco companies: British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International. The DCTA has promoted the industry’s tobacco tracking and tracing technology, Codentify, often without disclosing its relationship to the tobacco industry.[162] 2019
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Audit PwC are Imperial Tobacco's auditors. [163]:43,71 2017
KPMG Audit KPMG LLP UK prepared a report on Illicit tobacco in New Zealand for Imperial Tobacco New Zealand Limited.[164]

A KPMG conducted a study for British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International that revealed one in every ten cigarettes consumed in the European Union in 2013 were illicit. [165]

2017
Pinsent Masons LLP Litigation Pinsent Masons LLP provided legal advice in respect of the operation of the Group’s employee share plans. [163]:71 2017
Allen & Overy LLP Litigation Allen & Overy LLP is available to provide legal advice to Imperial Tobacco's Renumeration Committee as and when required. It was not used for remuneration-related advice during the financial year. Allen & Overy LLP also provided other legal services to the Group. [163]:71 2017
The Kangaroo Group Lobbying The Kangaroo Group promotes free trade across the European Union. In 2017, the Group’s tobacco industry members were listed as Barry Ronan from British American Tobacco, Mario Muller from the Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers, Alan Hardacre from Imperial Tobacco, Kristof Doms from Philip Morris International and Paolo Bochicchio from Japan Tobacco International. [166] 2020

Marketing, Conferences and Public Relations[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
Moodie Davitt Sponsorship Imperial Tobacco will present its new products at the inaugural Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo. [167] 2020
ABF Lab Research ABF Lab (Analytisch-biologisches Forschungslabor) published a paper funded by Imperial Brands in 2017, and in 2019 listed Imperial Tobacco as a funder of a current project. [168] 2019
Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum Events The event is run by the Tobacco Merchants Association, a US-based organization which hosts discussions regarding nicotine and tobacco issues. The organization also owns and runs the Tobacco Reporter magazine. [169] Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Brands was on of the keynote speakers at the 2019 Forum in Washington DC. [170] Joe Thompson, chief scientific officer at Imperial Brands was amongst the 2020 Forum speaker. [171] 2020
MSQ Partners PR Blu, the vaping brand owned by Imperial Tobacco, has appointed MSQ Partners and Fold7-backed brand experience agency Hyperactive to work on the launch campaign. [172] 2018
Hyperactive PR Blu, the vaping brand owned by Imperial Tobacco, has appointed MSQ Partners and Fold7-backed brand experience agency Hyperactive to work on the launch campaign. [173] 2018
Proximity PR In March 2014, Proximity picked up Imperial Tobacco’s global creative account. WPP’s Deepblue Networks was the incumbent. [174] In 2019, Proximity has retained the global advertising account after a review. The account does not include advertising for e-cigarette brand Blu, which is owned by Fontem Ventures, part of Imperial Tobacco’s parent company Imperial Brands. [175] 2015
FTI PR FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm. [176] 2016
Aspect Consulting Lobbying In 2017, Fontem Ventures, affiliated with Imperial Tobacco used the services of Aspect Consulting for lobbying in Brussels[177] and Blue Star Strategies globally. [178] 2017
Bell Pottinger PR Imperial Brands used Bell Pottinger for two decades until a scandal over Bell Pottinger's secret campaign to stir up racial tensions in South Africa came to surface. [179] 2017


Japan Tobacco International Partners and Allies[edit]

Accounting, Audit, Banking and Legal[edit]

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Think-tanks & International Organizations[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
Intrinsic Insight Research Intrinsic Insight Ltd verified Japan Tobacco's report entitled 'The Gathering Storm', on how the illegal tobacco trade are operating during the Covid-19 global pandemic and preparing to reap the rewards in the economic aftermath that will follow. [180] 2020
Sauber Engineering AG Contractor japan Tobacco International has a technology partnership agreement with Sauber Engineering AG. Through this partnership, both companies collaborate on the development of precision engineering projects aimed at increasing the performance of the "next generation" of JT Group products. [181] 2020
Retailers Against Smuggling Lobbying Retailers Against Smuggling is an Irish organization that gathers retailers' efforts to prevent illicit trade in the country. It is funded by the Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee, composed of JTI Ireland, Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobacco subsidiaries.[182] 2020
Digital Coding & Tracking Association (DCTA) Lobbying The Digital Coding and Tracking Association (DCTA) is a front group, launched in 2013 by the four multinational tobacco companies: British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Philip Morris International. The DCTA has promoted the industry’s tobacco tracking and tracing technology, Codentify, often without disclosing its relationship to the tobacco industry.[183] 2020
International Trademark Association Members Philip Morris International, Philip Morris Asia Limited and Philip Morris Products S.A. are all listed as members of the organization. [184] 2020
Americans for Tax Reform Sponsorship In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco and British American Tobacco both disclosed it donated to Americans for Tax Reform, though did not disclose which years.[185] 2017
Atlas Network Sponsorship In 2016, its named donors also included JTI-Macdonald Corp, also known as Japan Tobacco International. Atlas Network did not disclose the amount of those donations. [185] 2016
Cato Institute Sponsorship

In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it donated to Cato, but not which years.[185]

2013
Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) Sponsorship It also received funds from Japan Tobacco International in 2015 and 2017. In response to questions from the Guardian, British American Tobacco said it donated to Ideas, but did not disclose which years.[185] 2017
Adam Smith Institute Sponsorship In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco and British American Tobacco both disclosed they had also donated to the Adam Smith Institute, though they did not disclose which years. The Adam Smith Institute was rated "highly opaque" by watchdog group Transparify, which campaigns for more disclosure of thinktank funding.[185] 2013
Austrian Economics Center Lobbying Dozens of free-market thinktanks, including the the Austrian Economics Center, signed open letters to the World Health Organization opposing plain packaging in 2016 and 2018. In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco and British American Tobacco both disclosed they donated to the Austrian Economics Center, but did not disclose which years. [185] 2018
Center for Liberal Democratic Studies Sponsorship In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it also donated to the Center, though did not disclose which years.[185] 2020
Center for Social and Economic Research Sponsorship In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it paid the Center, though did not disclose which years or in what amounts. The Center for Social and Economic Research denied it received money from Japan Tobacco, despite disclosures by Japan Tobacco. The group said it "stands for predictable taxation policy", which "should consider smuggling trends in the region". The group said it has "no idea" about plain packaging.[185] 2019
Ekonomichna Pravda Sponsorship In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it had paid Ekonomichna Pravda but not which years. In response to questions from the Guardian, editor of Ekonomichna Pravda Dmytro Dienkov said the group had not received "donations" from Japan Tobacco. Instead, it said the group partnered with Japan Tobacco in an advertising campaign. "The goal of the project is to show how difficult it is to run a business in Ukraine and how many documents, unnecessary permits and licenses they need," the group said. "This project is not about the tobacco industry, and tobacco products are not advertised." The group said it believed tobacco controls, including plain packaging, were not necessarily bad policy, "if it leads to a reduction in the number of smokers". [185] 2019
Hibernia Forum Lobbying The Hibernia Forum repeatedly opposed plain packaging, which removes branding from cigarette packs. Dozens of Atlas thinktanks, including the Hibernia Forum, signed open letters to the World Health Organization opposing plain packaging in 2016 and 2018. In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it donated to the Hibernia Forum, though did not disclose which years.[185] 2018
TaxPayers' Alliance Lobbying The TaxPayers' Alliance was among a handful of Atlas affiliates which co-signed a letter to the editor of the Telegraph calling for a "halt to the relentless campaign to 'denormalise' smoking" and pushing against plain packaging. In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it also donated to the TaxPayer's Alliance, though did not disclose which years, and British American Tobacco said it currently supports this organization.[185] 2019
Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation Sponsorship Philip Morris donated $150,000 to the Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation in 2017. In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it donated to the Foundation, though did not disclose which years. British American Tobacco said it currently supports this organization. In 2016 and 2018, the foundation was one of dozens of Atlas-affiliated thinktanks which signed a letter to the World Health Organization opposing plain packaging, which removes branding from cigarette packs.[185] 2017
Forrest EU Members Forest EU is supported by the Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers (CECCM), whose members are Japan Tobacco International (JTI), British American Tobacco (BAT) and Imperial Brands PLC (IMB) and by the members of the European Smoking Tobacco Association (ESTA). Their 2018 annual budget was EUR 165,000. [186] 2018
The Kangaroo Group Lobbying The Kangaroo Group promotes free trade across the European Union. In 2017, the Group’s tobacco industry members were listed as Barry Ronan from British American Tobacco, Mario Muller from the Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers, Alan Hardacre from Imperial Tobacco, Kristof Doms from Philip Morris International and Paolo Bochicchio from Japan Tobacco International. [187] 2017

Marketing, Conferences and PR[edit]

Organization/Company Tobacco company relationship Relationship type Evidence of past or present formalized relationship
Bangladesh Brand Summit 2020 Event Bangladesh Brand Summit 2020 featured Shahriar Amin, the Head of Portfolio at Japan Tobacco International. [188] 2020
The Economist Event Ian Monteith, Global senior director of anti-illegal trade, spoke at a virtual panel on "Global Illict Trade: Profiteering from Pandemic'. [189] 2020
Grey PR WPP's agency Grey won Japan Tobacco International pitch for ‘borderless’ way of working, which will be rolled out fully in 2020 with an internal platform launch. [190] 2020
Vapetech Sponsorship In partnership with Japan Tobacco International, Plug And Play is running a call for applications twice per year to each select 10 new startups to join Vapetech. Startups will have a 3-month access to the Vapetech in Silicon Valley, pilot opportunities with strategic partners, and ecosystem resources at Plug and Play with the backing of a large international player in the industry. The exact details of the partnership are unclear. [191] 2020
Grey MENA PR Grey Group Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has won Japan Tobacco Interntional's account, to develop its brand management and communication in the GCC region, with focus on Saudi Arabia. The Grey team will oversee JTI’s brand management and communication. [192] Grey’s Beirut team has enlarged its portfolio in the tobacco industry, as it already holds the account of Nakhla Tobacco Company. [192] Grey won one of the agency’s bigger pitches in Japan Tobacco International—a win it credits to its new ‘borderless’ way of working, which will be rolled out fully in 2020 with an internal platform launch. [193] 2018
Kantar Media Research In 2018, Kantar was contracted to conduct an "independent" research for Japan Tobacco International on the national public opinion survey on the perception of plain packaging on tobacco one year after its implementation in the UK. [194] 2018
Ogilvy Action Taiwan PR Jeevan Jayakumar played a strategic role in the development and expansion of Ogilvy Action Taiwan while leading the British American Tobacco business relationship across APAC. [195] 2019
Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum Events The event is run by the Tobacco Merchants Association, a US-based organization which hosts discussions regarding nicotine and tobacco issues. The organization also owns and runs the Tobacco Reporter magazine. [196] Christiane Bisanzio (VP of diversity and inclusion, people and culture) and Jim Howard (VP of Environment, health and safety) at Japan Tobacco International were among the speakers at the 2019 Forum in Washington DC. [197] 2020
InvestGR Events The InvestGR Forum on Monday announced the start of its three-year strategic partnership with Japan Tobacco International (JTI) with this year’s event, titled “Greece in the Pole Position,” which due to the coronavirus pandemic will be online.[198] 2020
Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo Events Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has become the latest Platinum Partner for the Moodie Davitt Virtual Travel Retail Expo in October. JTI Worldwide Duty Free General Manager Simon Warburton expressed his excitement at taking part in the industry’s first digital initiative on this scale. He said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to connect with our partners, and will focus our attention on discussion, ideas and innovations that drive as swift a recovery as possible. [199] 2020
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