Ranked 2 out of 80

New Zealand

Overall Score: 30

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Indicators of Influence

These seven key indicators highlight interference from the tobacco industry in New Zealand.

No. 1

Industry participation in policy development

Indicator Score:

1 / 20

No. 2

Tobacco industry-related CSR activities

Indicator Score:

3 / 20

No. 3

Benefits given to the tobacco industry

Indicator Score:

4 / 20

No. 4

Unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry

Indicator Score:

2 / 20

No. 5

Procedure for transparency measures

Indicator Score:

5 / 20

No. 6

Avoiding conflicts of interest

Indicator Score:

4 / 20

No. 7

Preventive measures

Indicator Score:

11 / 30


These are ways New Zealand can deter interference from the tobacco industry:

  • Implement a government program to maintain awareness and compliance of Article 5.3 consistently across all government departments and agencies. Ensure robust monitoring and public reporting.
  • Increase transparency:
    • Collect and publicly report tobacco industry data on profits, taxes, spending on marketing, philanthropy, research and CSR in a single public repository.
    • Any communications between the tobacco industry and all government departments and agencies should be actively published, along with transcripts of meetings.
    • Implement rules mandating that the government does not provide financial aid in any way to the tobacco industry.
  • Exclude tobacco from treaties.
  • Ban tobacco industry CSR activities in New Zealand.
  • Restrict lobbying: Create a government transparency lobbying register and make it a legal requirement for all tobacco industry and affiliated organizations and individuals to register before any lobbying.
  • Conflict of interest policies:
    • Update the code of conduct for all public officials, prescribing standards for how they should deal with the tobacco industry.
    • Prohibit public officials from holding positions in the tobacco industry either during or after their public employment.
    • Prohibit the tobacco industry from making all forms of contributions to political parties or government officials.

Learn more about tobacco industry interference in this country.

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