Born in Bristol over 100 years ago, Imperial Tobacco is a subsidiary of Imperial Brands PLC, a UK-based, FTSE Top 30 company who produces and sells a wide range of tobacco products for consumers in 150 different global markets.
We employ around 35,000 people worldwide and our commercial activities account for £20 billion in global tax contributions. Focusing on the UK, with a market share of approximately 41% and 60,000 retailers stocking our products, Imperial is among the market leaders. We directly employ 1,250 individuals in this country, and contribute over £5 billion to HM Treasury annually.
Imperial Tobacco takes its legal and ethical responsibilities extremely seriously, both in the UK and abroad. Successful initiatives include our international marking standards, Youth Access Prevention projects, proof-of-age schemes like No ID No Sale! and CitizenCard, litter and environmental projects (like our eco-friendly corporate HQ in Bristol), community investment projects and Anti-Illicit Trade programs.
The problem of illicit trade concerns the government, the industry and society as a whole. Every year HM Treasury loses approximately £2.1 billion in tax, or nearly £6 million per day, through the sale of illicit tobacco. In our efforts to combat illegal tobacco, Imperial Tobacco collaborates closely with a range of stakeholders, from retailers to customs authorities worldwide. Learn more by visiting our Anti-Illicit Trade website at: www.suspect-it-report-it.co.uk.