Thailand became the first country in Asia to ban tobacco industry related corporate social responsibility (CSR)

August 24, 2017

Source: Department of Disease Control, Bureau of Tobacco Control, Thailand

In July, Thailand became the first country in Asia to implement a ban on tobacco industry related corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. See law here. This is an important achievement under WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and enhances good governance as the tobacco industry uses such activities to gain access and endorsement from high level government officials. In addition, the Thai law also requires the tobacco industry to report the volume of tobacco production or importation into the Kingdom, market share, marketing expense, income and expense annual report, audited financial statement and any other information for the benefits of tobacco products control.