To help develop its procurement staff, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company enlisted the Procurement Academy, an online education software program. This software program delivers specialized training to the procurement staff, enabling them to better contribute to RAI subsidiaries’ purchasing goals. Procurement employees are assessed based on their job descriptions to evaluate their current skill sets. Based on these assessments, each employee is provided a personal improvement plan, which includes training in core procurement skills identified as key to their role. Training also includes a sustainability component, enabling our procurement department to better contribute to the RAI companies’ business and sustainability goals.