Hail & Cotton International Group (HCIG) is an international company with a unified culture that adheres to a high level of business behavior in all our global operations, while respecting local laws, workforces and traditions. Our business is guided by our corporate values, which emphasize ethical behavior and dedication to our customers, employees, growers and communities.

Employment: HCIG provides equal opportunities to all persons with respect to employment and career development within the Company by practicing accountability, transparency, ethical behavior, respect for the rule of law, and human rights.  Personnel determinations are based on the individual’s qualifications and the merits of each case in accordance with national, state, and local laws. …Read More

Sustainable Tobacco Production (STP): HCIG maintains a comprehensive program for STP that is subject to audits by recognized professional bodies such as AB Sustain. Our program focuses on environment, crop, facilities and people.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP): Our trained agronomy teams develop and implement sound agricultural practices with our tobacco suppliers. Through our internal and external programs — HCIG Global GAP Program and GAP Connections (USA) — we create awareness and cultivate positive environmental and social impacts. We help connect farmers to resources needed to maintain a sustainable supply chain for our tobacco products.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and American Institute of Baking (AIB): Partnering to help the tobacco industry comply with current practices established through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these practices are clearly identified and promote a clean working environment where the product and our people are protected.

Quality Management Systems (QMS): All USA facilities are certified to the guidelines of ISO 9001:2015, an internationally recognized compliance program that ensures top management commits to the quality of our product, on-time deliveries and promoting a safe working environment for all our employees.  We are working toward implementation of ISO 9001:2015 in other operating origins.

Additionally, HCIG is a member of international organizations that promote business and ethical practices including;

  • CORESTA — Promotes international cooperation in tobacco research and identifies best practices.
  • ECLT Foundation — Works to eliminate child labor in tobacco growing.

Links

CORESTA: http://www.coresta.org
ECLT Foundation: http://www.eclt.org
AB Sustain: http://www.absustain.com/models/think-global
GAP Connections: http://www.gapconnections.com
AIB International: http://www.aibonline.org/aibOnline/en