‘CSR activities by tobacco companies part of the problem’

Published: November 27, 2019


ISLAMABAD: A global report on the tobacco industry on Tuesday called for abolishing all corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities related to tobacco, declaring them as part of the problem.

This was stated as the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2019 (GTIII) report was launched in the federal capital on Tuesday by the Society for Alternative Media and Research (SAMAR) in Pakistan. The report assesses the implementation of FCTC Article 5.3.

The report said that the relevant authorities must make it mandatory for the tobacco industry to submit information on tobacco production, manufacture, market share, marketing expenditures, revenues and lobbying activities.

The index also called for setting up a wants a code of conduct for all stakeholders on their interaction with the industry. The report also highlights the conflict of interests.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2019.

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