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Date updated : 23-Apr-2014

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Tell British American Tobacco Chairman Burrows to Prevent Human Rights Abuses in U.S. Tobacco Fields!

The situation for tobacco farm workers in North Carolina is dire. Many farm workers often live in labor camps with inadequate or non-functioning toilets and showers and other substandard conditions, suffer from illnesses resulting from nicotine poisoning and exposure to dangerous pesticides and work long hours for below-poverty wages.

BAT is the major shareholder (42.02%) and an important customer of Reynolds American Inc., the largest tobacco company in North Carolina. BAT plays an important role in setting acceptable standards for tobacco farm workers in its supply chain.

Since there is no American law which mandates compliance with internationally recognized human rights protections for tobacco farm workers such as freedom of association, the IUF-affiliated Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), which represents tobacco farm workers, wants RAI to guarantee the human right to freedom of association and worker representation on its contract farms. BAT should use its influence and tell RAI to sign an agreement with FLOC.

It's time for BAT to take responsibility for conditions in their U.S. supply chain - use the form below to send a message to BAT Chairman Richard Burrows.