Panorama has exposed British American Tobacco plc (BAT) for illegally paying politicians and civil servants in countries in East Africa. The payments were revealed when a whistleblower shared hundreds of secret documents with the programme.
BAT is a British multinational tobacco company headquartered in London. It is the world’s second-largest tobacco company by sales. Its brands are Dunhill, Lucky Strike, Kent, Pall Mall, Kool, Benson & Hedges and Rothmans. BAT is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Its Chief Executive is Nicandro Durante.
Paul Hopkins, who worked for BAT, a British company, in Kenya for 13 years, said he had begun paying bribes after being told it was the cost of doing business in Africa.
BAT told the BBC: “The truth is that we do not and will not tolerate corruption, no matter where it takes place.”
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Panorama’s The Secret Bribes of Big Tobacco is on BBC One at 830pm tonight.