Economic & Social Development
Supporting economic and social development of the communities in which employees live and work is the right thing to do for our communities and for our business. Contributing to the overall welfare of our communities creates an attractive environment for recruiting and retaining a high-performing talent base to our companies. We do this through the work of our foundations, through gifts of land, buildings and cash, and through our employees’ time and talent.
Supporting Basic Needs
RAI and its subsidiaries believe it is important to meet the basic needs of the people in our communities. Each year, we partner with organizations in the communities in which we operate to advance the welfare of our neighbors. In 2015, we worked with several organizations to provide support and contribute to the economic and social welfare of the regions in which we work, including:
Stewardship of Land and Buildings
In addition to monetary donations, Reynolds American Inc. and its subsidiaries remain committed to ensuring that company facilities no longer in use continue to play a vital role in economic development. RAI’s giving heritage began with Richard Joshua Reynolds and his family’s donations of land and buildings to organizations such as Wake Forest University. In 2015, our companies donated facilities, industrial land and buildings in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Robertson County, Tenn.
Agricultural Communities and Research
Our support extends to the economic development of our contracted growers’ and their workers’ communities, as well as the advancement of agricultural sciences through grants to institutions of higher learning, like N.C. State University. Such relationships help improve the lives and livelihood of tobacco farmers and contribute to our tobacco operating companies’ ability to maintain access to quality leaf supply.
Access to quality tobacco leaf is essential to the success of our tobacco operating companies. RAI and its tobacco operating companies offer a variety of support to tobacco growers and researchers to advance environmental and social issues associated with tobacco agriculture. Responsible Agriculture programs include: