CNT is firmly committed to a policy of social responsibility in co-operation with its affiliated and subsidiary companies in all areas of operation. Since 2002 CNT has been participating in SRTP (Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production) – from all tobacco operations.
Tobacco Processing: Occupational Health & Safety policy
In all working environments CNT has strict Occupational Health and Safety policies and procedures in place. All applicable laws are adhered to, in the absence of local legislation international standards are applied and where possible standards are exceeded.
CNT shall comply with all applicable national and international laws and regulations regarding Occupational Health & Safety policy affecting business activities. Procedures have been established for assessing and reviewing the occupational health and safety impacts of present and future activities on a regular basis. Through continual improvement all pro-active measures are taken to safeguard the health and safety of our employees on company premises.
The SRTP policy is an active policy on which we strive for continuous development and improvement. This policy covers areas of the working environment, e.g. Working Environment, Impact on Community, Factory Safety, Fire Prevention and Evacuation, Medical, Security and Climate Change.
The concept of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) if the fundamental core of the way operations ensure sustainable, economically viable production of tobacco. GAP is implemented throughout all the leaf operations and strives to incorporate best agricultural practices in the production of a quality crop while protecting, sustaining or enhancing the environment with regard to soil, water, air, Biodiversity. This is carried out through training, knowledge transfer and extension services for contracted farmers to ensure that they are able to fully implement these guidelines.
The GAP program has seven main components:
- Farmers training through our field extension officers / surveys / follow up / training adjustments
- Risk assessments
- Variety management and integrity – ensure that tobacco is GMO free / GMO analysis
- Integrated Pest Management – crop rotation / biological controls / destruction of crop residues / scouting & threshold levels / toxicity
- Fertiliser application
- Water and soil conservation
- Pollution control (water course and environment)
- Soil protection
- NTRM ( foreign matter)
- Product integrity
- Farm safety – CPA storage & disposal / PPE usage / GTS awareness and training
- Farm productivity, farm worker safety and labour policies preventing child labour and forced labour
- Wood usage – chain of custody
- Sustainability – including the conservation of soil and bush land, reforestation/afforestation, biodiversity and the protection of water resources
“CPA” (Crop Protection Agents) are chemicals that are used in the production of tobacco (and other crops). A strict adherence to its storage, application and disposal is essential at all times. CNT has training programmes in place to ensure that the associated dangers with CPAs are avoided and limited as much as possible. Tobacco, like any crop, is prone to attack from pests and disease. To limit damage affecting yield or quality, any integrated pest management program (IPM) may require judicious use of CPAs. CPA management shall ensure that appropriate CPAs are only used when needed and in accord with their labelled instructions, by trained personnel using appropriate personal protective equipment. CPA management shall document correct CPA use and a plan for reduced usage.
CPA Residues shall be monitored regularly, not limited to Coresta GRLs. Only approved CPAs for tobacco will be used. Farmers are trained to ensure only approved levels of CPAs are applied and used in a technically correct way. Alternative methods of crop protection shall be supported through the IPM concept and the preferred methods will be implemented.
CNT is an active member of the Coresta Sub-Group “Pest and Sanitation Management in Stored Tobacco”. The Group is dealing with all aspects of combating the different infections of stored tobacco.
Green Tobacco Sickness
Green Tobacco Sickness (GTS) is well documented as intoxication caused by dermal absorption of Nicotine. It often occurs during harvesting, when workers and farmers come in contact with wet tobacco leaves containing Nicotine on their surface. Humidity allows Nicotine to enter the bloodstream and causes poisoning. CNT established operating procedures in the locally applied GAP instructions to avoid GTS.
Soil and water conservation
CNT is committed to the preservation of soils and watercourses in all areas in which it operates. CNT believes that through its extension services and engagement with growers on good agricultural practices such as crop rotation, soil mulching and land management conservation can be optimised.
NTRM (Non Tobacco Related Materials) is an area of serious importance for both the industry and for CNT. The company is committed to a zero-tolerance policy on high risk NTRM in the product. CNT shall provide continuous training and increased awareness on NTRM issues and the importance of NTRM elimination throughout the supply chain.
Post Harvest Management
Energy efficiency and reduced resource utilisation is paramount in the effective improvement on post-harvest management while maintaining quality and farmer return. CNT is committed to improving curing efficiency and reducing resource utilisation for curing.
Deforestation is an international, national and industry concern of critical importance. CNT has taken its commitment to reforestation progressively further year on year. Through stakeholder, partners and individual efforts CNT reforestation programs are designed to provide sustainable curing fuel for tobacco farmers, replenish indigenous forests and amenity value for the community.
The price paid to farmers will always be influenced by supply and demand, but through SRTP CNT aims to ensure that farmers’ standards of living are maintained or increased through the introduction of good agricultural practices and consequently higher yields and quality of tobacco.
CNT intends to select the best available person for every vacancy, regardless of sex, race, colour, religion, marital status, ethnic origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. At the same time, CNT aims to provide all employees with the opportunity to develop long-term careers appropriate to their abilities and ambitions.
CNT wishes to give all its employees the maximum opportunity to develop their careers and achieve their work potential. In filling any vacancy, CNT will encourage applications from suitably qualified internal candidates wherever possible.
Recruitment strategy is based on retaining and attracting the most suitable people at all levels of the business and this is reflected in an objective approach to recruitment and selection.