Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris)

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• Altria Group, formerly Philip Morris, is the largest tobacco company, owning half the US tobacco market.

• Altria Group uses its corporate influence to affect public health policy and has consistently worked to block anti-tobacco legislation designed to protect consumers.

• An Illinois judge ordered Altria Group to pay a $10.5 billion penalty for deliberately misleading consumers about the safety of light cigarettes.

• Get help removing Altria Group and their tobacco from your life at Go Green.

-- Profile Updated 08/04/2010

About Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris)


New York-based Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris Companies), is the world's largest tobacco company, owning half the US tobacco market. In 2006, Altria recorded sales of $101.4 billion and employed 199,000 people.

Campaigns

Tobacco Industry Campaign

Corporate Accountability International is campaigning for the implementation and enforcement of the global tobacco treaty…

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Corporate Accountability International is campaigning for the implementation and enforcement of the global tobacco treaty. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) protects global health policy from corporate or industry interference. The global tobacco treaty bans tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. According to CAI, "Philip Morris/Altria--which has tremendous influence over US health policy--claims to support the treaty, but opposes its central provisions. As it is implemented, the treaty will prevent the corporation from addicting new customers with aggressive promotional tactics like the Marlboro Man." Click on the URL to take action now.

www.stopcorporateabuse.org/cms/page1111.cfm


Affiliates

- ACH Foods - Jacksonville, IL
- Alliang Foods Co. - Hyannis, MA
- Altria Corporate Service - Wilkes Barre, PA

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- Altria Corporate Service - Wilkes Barre, PA
- Altria Corporate Services - Winnetka, IL
- Altria Corporate Services Inc - Milwaukee, WI
- Altria Group Inc. - New York, NY
- Balance Bar Company - Rye Brook, NY
- Boca Foods Company - Madison, WI
- Breakfast Foods Division - Tarrytown, NY
- Callard & Bowser - Rye Brook, NY
- Capri Sun Inc. - Granite City, IL
- Churny Company Inc. (Subsidiary) - Northbrook, IL
- Embare Industrias Alimenticias - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
- Jacobs Kaffee Ges.m.b.H. - Vienna, Austria
- Jacobs Suchard France S.A. - Reims, France
- Ka-Tee-Ka AG - Zug, Switzerland
- KJS Kraft Jacobs Suchard - Berlin, Germany
- Kraft Canada Inc. (Subsidiary) - Montreal, Canada
- Kraft Canada Inc. - Don Mills, Canada
- Kraft Canada Inc. - Oakville, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. (Subsidiary) - Montreal, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Burlington, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Burnaby, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Calgary, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Cobourg, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Edmonton, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Exeter, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Ingleside, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Montreal, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Oakville, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Saint Davids, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Toronto, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Vancouver, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. - Williamstown, Canada
- Kraft Canada, Inc. Mississauga Milling Division (Division) - Mississauga, Canada
- Kraft Food Ingredients (Subsidiary) - Memphis, TN
- Kraft foods - East Hanover, NJ
- Kraft Foods A/S - Glostrup, Denmark
- Kraft Foods Argentina - Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Kraft Foods Atlantic Gelatin - Woburn, MA
- Kraft Foods Desserts Division - Tarrytown, NY
- Kraft Foods Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG - Bremen, Germany
- Kraft Foods Global Inc - Nabisco Division - Atlanta, GA
- Kraft Foods Inc - Glenview, IL
- Kraft Foods Inc. (Branch) - Northfield, IL
- Kraft Foods Inc. (Division) - Fairfax, VA
- Kraft Foods Inc. (Subsidiary) - Chicago, IL
- Kraft Foods Inc. (Subsidiary) - Ligonier, IN
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Beaverton, OR
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Bentonville, AR
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Canton, NY
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Charlotte, NC
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Chicago, IL
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Columbia, MO
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Coshocton, OH
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Dover, DE
- Kraft Foods Inc. - East Hanover, NJ
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Englewood, CO
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Fair Lawn, NJ
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Garland, TX
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Glenview, IL
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Kirksville, MO
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Lenexa, KS
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Little Chute, WI
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Lowville, NY
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Madison, WI
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Minneapolis, MN
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Modesto, CA
- Kraft Foods Inc. - New Ulm, MN
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Newberry, SC
- Kraft Foods Inc. - North Lawrence, NY
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Northfield, IL
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Northlake, IL
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Orange Park, FL
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Port Chester, NY
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Richmond, VA
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Tampa, FL
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Tarrytown, NY
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Wausau, WI
- Kraft Foods Inc. - Woodstock, IL
- Kraft Foods Inc. Kraft Technology Center - Northfield, IL
- Kraft Foods Inc.-Coffee - Tarrytown, NY
- Kraft Foods International (Subsidiary) - Rye Brook, NY
- Kraft Foods Lehigh Valley - Allentown, PA
- Kraft Foods Limited - Cheltenham, United Kingdom
- Kraft Foods Limited - Port Melbourne, Australia
- Kraft Foods Ltd - Quarry Bay, China (Hong Kong)
- Kraft Foods Mexico - Mexico, Mexico
- Kraft Foods North America - Buffalo, NY
- Kraft Foods North America - Northfield, IL
- Kraft Foods North America - San Antonio, TX
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. -
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Champaign, IL
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Charlotte, NC
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Cleveland, OH
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Columbia, MD
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Fairport, NY
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Fullerton, CA
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Irvine, CA
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Jacksonville, FL
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Livermore, CA
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Mason City, IA
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Morton Grove, IL
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - New Ulm, MN
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Northfield, IL
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Rochelle, IL
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - San Leandro, CA
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Springfield, MO
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Tampa, FL
- Kraft Foods North America Inc. - Tulare, CA
- Kraft Foods Osterreich GmbH - Vienna, Austria
- Kraft Foods Primo Division - Toronto, Canada
- Kraft Foods SA Pty Ltd - Edenglen, South Africa
- Kraft Foods Switzerland AG - Zurich, Switzerland
- Kraft Foods, Inc. - Paranaque, Philippines
- Kraft Grocery Division - Brampton, Canada
- Kraft Inc. (Subsidiary) - Chicago, IL
- Kraft Jacobs Suchard (Australia) Pty. Ltd. - Melbourne, Australia
- Kraft Jacobs Suchard - Velizy-Villacoublay, France
- Kraft Limited-Kraft Limitee - Montreal, Canada
- Kraft North America - Portland, OR
- Kraft North America Nabisco, Inc. - Fair Lawn, NJ
- Kraft Oscar Mayer & Boca Foods - Madison, WI
- Kraft Pizza Company (Subsidiary) - Tinley Park, IL
- Kraft Pizza Company - Coppell, TX
- Kraft Pizza Company - Medford, WI
- Kraft Pizza Company - Ontario, CA
- Kraft Pizza Company - Orlando, FL
- Kraft Pizza Company - Santa Cruz, CA
- Kraft Pizza Company - South Bend, IN
- Kraft Pizza Company - Sussex, WI
- Marsa Kraft Jacobs Suchard Sabanci Gida Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S - Istanbul, Turkey
- Nabisco Direct Inc. - Parsippany, NJ
- Nabisco Division - Mexico, Mexico
- Nabisco Group Ltd. - Parsippany, NJ
- Nabisco Holdings Corp. - Stockbridge, GA
- Nabisco Inc. (Subsidiary) - Indianapolis, IN
- Nabisco Inc. - Buffalo, NY
- Nabisco Inc. - Edmond, OK
- Nabisco Inc. - Horsham, PA
- Nabisco Inc. - Ontario, CA
- Nabisco Inc. - Philadelphia, PA
- Nabisco Inc. - Suffolk, VA
- Nabisco Inc. - Tampa, FL
- Nabisco Intl Mkt Dev Group - Parsippany, NJ
- Nabisco Investments Inc. - Parsippany, NJ
- Nabisco Ltd. - Montreal, Canada
- Nabisco Royal Inc. - East Hanover, NJ
- Oscar Mayer Foods - Madison, WI
- Pavlidis S.A. - Athens, Greece
- Philip Morris (Australia) Limited - Moorabbin, Australia
- Philip Morris Capital Corp. - Stamford, CT
- Philip Morris Capital Corporation - Rye Brook, NY
- Philip Morris EEC - Lausanne, Switzerland
- Philip Morris GmbH - Munich, Germany
- Philip Morris Inc. - Berwyn, PA
- Philip Morris Inc. - Richmond, VA
- Philip Morris Incorporated (Subsidiary) - Alpharetta, GA
- Philip Morris Incorporated (Subsidiary) - Amherst, NY
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Bedminster, NJ
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Bellevue, WA
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Charlotte, NC
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Concord, NC
- Philip Morris Incorporated - East Syracuse, NY
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Guaynabo, PR
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Mansfield, MA
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Milford, OH
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Red Bank, NJ
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Richmond, VA
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Saint Louis, MO
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Schaumburg, IL
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Shawnee Mission, KS
- Philip Morris Incorporated - Springfield, MO
- Philip Morris Incorporated - White Plains, NY
- Philip Morris International Inc. (Subsidiary) - Rye Brook, NY
- Philip Morris K.K. - Tokyo, Japan
- Philip Morris Limited - Moorabbin, Australia
- Philip Morris Management Corp. - Richmond, VA
- Philip Morris Sabanci Pazalarma Ve Satis A.S. - Istanbul, Turkey
- Philip Morris U.S.A. - Richmond, VA
- Philip Morris U.S.A. Cabarrus Mfg. Center (Division) - Concord, NC
- Philip Morris USA - Richmond, VA
- Philip Morris/Cash & Carry Ltd. - London, United Kingdom
- Philsa Philip Morris Sabanci Sigara Ve Tutunculuk A.S. - Istanbul, Turkey
- Planters Company (Division) - East Hanover, NJ
- Planters Company - Fort Smith, AR
- Post Cereals & Desserts - Rye Brook, NY
- Salzburg Schokolate Tes MTH Cokt - Grodig, Austria
- Sather Trucking Corp. - Chattanooga, TN
- Stella Doro Biscuit Co. Inc. - Old Bridge, NJ
- Stollwerck Polska Sp. z.o.o. - Tarnowo Podgorne, Poland
- Suchard Schokolade Ges.m.b.H - Bludenz, Austria
- Taloca & Cia Ltda - Bogota, Colombia
- Taloca AG - Zug, Switzerland
- Terry's Group - Cheltenham, United Kingdom
- Veryfine Products, Inc. - Littleton, MA

Contact Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris)


Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris)
New York, NY 10017 USA

Phone: 917-663-4000

Web: www.altria.com

Alerts

Health and Safety

In March 2003, an Illinois State Judge ordered Philip Morris USA to pay $10.1 billion for deceiving customers by advertising light…

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In March 2003, an Illinois State Judge ordered Philip Morris USA to pay $10.1 billion for deceiving customers by advertising light cigarettes as less harmful than regular cigarettes. The company was ordered to post a $12 billion bond - the amount of the award plus interest. In 2005 the state Supreme Court overturned the verdict determining that Philip Morris could not be sued under the Consumer Fraud Act because the Federal Trade Commission specifically authorized the use of terms such as “light” and “low tar” when describing tobacco products. In November 2006, the US Supreme Court upheld the Illinois state Supreme Court’s decision, stating Philip Morris was not liable.

-- ConsumerAffairs.com, 11/28/2006

Source URL: www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2006/11/scotus_philip_morris.html


At the 2006 shareholder meeting, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Congregation Sisters of St.…

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At the 2006 shareholder meeting, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Congregation Sisters of St. Agnes, and Trinity Health are calling on Altria to "voluntarily undertake a campaign aimed at African Americans apprising them of the unique health hazards to them associated with smoking menthol cigarettes, including data showing the industry descriptors such as “light” and “ultralight” do not mean those who smoke such brands will be any less likely to incur diseases than those who smoke regular brands."

-- Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, 05/01/2006

Source URL: www.iccr.org


At the 2006 meeting of Altria shareholders, Sinsinawa Dominicans and Catholic Health Services are calling on Altria to "make as pu…

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At the 2006 meeting of Altria shareholders, Sinsinawa Dominicans and Catholic Health Services are calling on Altria to "make as public policy a commitment to support legislation at all levels of local, regional, state, and federal government which is geared to [prohibit smoking in public places]. Furthermore, the Company shall also support all efforts to repeal existing preemption laws limiting local smokefree air ordinances."

-- Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, 05/01/2006

Source URL: www.iccr.org


Philip Morris (now Altria) has been criticized for legal disputes over tobacco:

  • In July 2004 Altria agreed to pay mor…

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    Philip Morris (now Altria) has been criticized for legal disputes over tobacco:

    • In July 2004 Altria agreed to pay more than $1 billion over a 12 year period to settle allegations that it colluded with smugglers. In February 2001, Belgium and Finland joined in on the civil action launched by the European Commission in the previous year against Philip Morris. The action claims that Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds are involved in cigarette smuggling operations in direct violation of the U.S. Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organization Act.
    • In March 2003, an Illinois State Judge ordered Philip Morris USA to pay $10.1 billion for deceiving customers by advertising light cigarettes as less harmful than regular cigarettes. The company was ordered to post a $12 billion bond - the amount of the award plus interest - while Altria appeals the verdict. However, Altria 's Philip Morris USA division said it cannot provide the money to post the court-ordered bond needed to appeal the ruling. According to Standard & Poor's Philip Morris USA might have to consider bankruptcy as an option if the value of the bond cannot be cut to a manageable amount.
    • A Miami jury told three tobacco companies to pay $37.5 million to a former three-pack-a-day smoker who lost his tongue to cancer. Part of the larger appeal of the statewide class action,this case represents an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 smokers,and has begun to enter appeals courts. In the Miami case, the jury found Philip Morris and Brown & Williamson were each 22.5 percent liable, meaning they would pay that much of the verdict. The jury found Liggett 50 percent liable. A previous jury in the class action had already ruled that cigarettes cause cancer and other diseases, and that the tobacco companies conspired to hide their addictive and deadly effects. Two years ago, that jury ordered the nation's five largest cigarette makers to pay the class $145 billion as punishment. As of June 2002, the tobacco companies were appealing that verdict.
    • In 2004 the Justice Department said it would appeal a court decision barring it from pursuing $280 billion from tobacco companies in a civil racketeering lawsuit. The 2-1 decision from an appeals court dealt a major blow to the government's attempt to hold cigarette makers accountable for decades of alleged deceit about the dangers of smoking. The panel decided that the 1970 civil racketeering statute under which the government filed its case required forward-looking remedies, which did not include "disgorgement," or the pursuit of $280 billion the government claims the industry earned through fraudulent activities. Altria said in a statement that the company expects to show that many of the Justice Department's suggested remedies are "backward-looking. Moreover, the government's approach to this case continues to ignore the fundamental and irreversible changes that have occurred in the cigarette industry over the last decade," the company said.
    • In October 2002, a jury awarded a woman suffering from terminal lung cancer $28 million in punitive damages from Philip Morris. The company pledged to ask a court to set aside or reduce the amount, and in September 2002 the same jury awarded the woman $750,000 in economic damages and $100,000 for pain and suffering after finding Philip Morris liable for fraud, negligence and product liability. The woman, who started smoking when she was 17 years old, blamed Philip Morris for failing to warn her of the risks of smoking. The company denied those allegations and stated, "This jury should have focused on what the plaintiff knew about the health risks of smoking, and whether anything the company ever said or did improperly influenced her decision to smoke or not to quit."

    -- CBS News, 03/21/2003

    Source URL: www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/04/15/health/main549379.shtml


    Human Rights

    Altria is not a participant in the UN Global Compact, which, according to its Web site, "through the power of collective action, t…

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    Altria is not a participant in the UN Global Compact, which, according to its Web site, "through the power of collective action, the Global Compact seeks to promote responsible corporate citizenship so that business can be part of the solution to the challenges of globalization. In this way, the private sector, in partnership with other social actors, can help realize the Secretary-General’s vision: a more sustainable and inclusive global economy."

    -- Business-HumanRights.org, 06/28/1905

    Source URL: www.business-humanrights.org


    Ethics and Governance

    Louis C. Camilleri, Altria's CEO, earned $33,992,344 in total compensation according to the SEC and $34,718,924 according to calcu…

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    Louis C. Camilleri, Altria's CEO, earned $33,992,344 in total compensation according to the SEC and $34,718,924 according to calculations by the labor conglomerate, AFL-CIO.

    -- AFL-CIO, 02/17/2007

    Source URL: paywatch.org/corporatewatch/paywatch/ceou/database.cfm?tkr=MO&pg=1


    According to the Social Investment Research Analyst Network, ten years after the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission recommended disc…

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    According to the Social Investment Research Analyst Network, ten years after the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission recommended disclosure of diversity data as a way to remove barriers and promote women and minority advancement, most US companies still fail to voluntarily disclosure EEO data to the public. Altria is listed as one of the companies that does not provide any public disclosure.

    -- Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), 12/07/2005

    Source URL: www.siran.org


    In January 2004, Kraft Foods (owned by Altria at the time), the world's second largest food company announced plans to focus on th…

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    In January 2004, Kraft Foods (owned by Altria at the time), the world's second largest food company announced plans to focus on the urban India consumer by launching more durable packaged foods in the Indian market. According to Global Newswire, Atria habitually uses its food products to enter world markets,establishes favorable relationships with governments, and then begins aggressively marketing its tobacco products.

    -- Global Newswire, 01/11/2004

    Source URL: none available


    Mark Berlind, associate general counsel of Philip Morris, announced in June 2001 that Philip Morris has decided to support legisla…

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    Mark Berlind, associate general counsel of Philip Morris, announced in June 2001 that Philip Morris has decided to support legislation that would give the FDA "meaningful, tough, and effective authority" over tobacco products. Critics assert that this concession by America's number-one selling tobacco company is not as magnanimous as it may seem. Further restrictions on advertising and distribution could give Philip Morris an advantage over smaller tobacco manufacturers, as the company's brands, such as Marlboro, are already well-known and well-established.

    -- Financial Times, 06/15/2001

    Source URL: none available


    The Multinational Monitor, a magazine that tracks the actions of multinational corporations, has named Altria as one of the…

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    The Multinational Monitor, a magazine that tracks the actions of multinational corporations, has named Altria as one of the 10 Worst Corporations of 2006 citing a ruling issued in United States v. Philip Morris, a case that lasted seven years. In her 1,600 page ruling, Federal District Court Judge Judith Kesller found that Philip Morris (now owned by Altria) had knowingly misled the public about the adverse health affects and addictive nature of cigarettes and nicotine. Additionally, she takes Altria to task for marketing its products to minors (which the company denies doing) saying the company has "marketed and sold their lethal product with zeal, with deception, with a single-minded focus on their financial success, and without regard for the human tragedy or social costs that success exacted. Philip Morris previously made the list in 2001.

    Other companies on Multinational Monitor's list that are also profiled in Responsible Shopper include Wal-Mart, Kroger and Smithfield.

    -- Multinational Monitor, 11/01/2006

    Source URL: www.multinationalmonitor.org/mm2006/112006/mokhiber.html