We support law enforcement and authorities to find, track down, confiscate, and destroy illicit tobacco products.
Information sharing is an important aspect of this cooperation. For example, we share information gathered through the several research projects and investigative operations we conduct across the globe every year with the authorities.
Our Product Intelligence and Security team also provides technical trainings to law enforcement officers in several countries to help them improve their ability to perform preliminary assessments of the authenticity of products bearing our brands.
Governments have the responsibility to enforce laws, change policy or otherwise act against the problem set. Industry, however, which has no authority to enforce illicit trade laws or change policy, is often the first to identify the problem and subsequently provide information in support of the solution. Industry can and does develop leads, and provides the information to governments.
OECD (2016), Illicit Trade: Converging Criminal Networks, OECD Publishing, Paris.