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Thursday, July 03, 2003

:: BAT in Burma ::
The British government has asked British American Tobacco to withdraw from Burma due to concerns over the oppressive treatment of pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi, and her supporters, by the country's military regime.

BAT is currently considering what it's response will be...

Based on the final point in the following list of priorities from their Corporate Social Responsibility report for 2001/2002 it will be interesting to see whether or not BAT act on this request.

* Changing some of the ways we address issues of concern

* Tackling under-age smoking

* Committed to the principles of sustainable development, and working to world class standards of environmental, occupational health and safety performance

* Helping some 250,000 farmers through responsible tobacco leaf production

* Joining with NGOs and other partners to help conserve biodiversity and eliminate exploitative child labour

* Contributing to the communities where we operate.

Previously, in March 2000 the British government asked Premier Oil to withdraw from Burma. Premier eventually withdrew in 2002...