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About Tobacco Processors Zimbabwe (TPZ)

Founded in 1987, TPZ is owned by Northern Tobacco Company (Pvt) Ltd,Inter-Continental Leaf Tobacco Company Pvt) Ltd, Tribac (Pvt) Ltd. Depending on the scale of production, TPZ employs up to 1,000 employees, which consist of both seasonal and permanent workers. TPZ is responsible for the processing of over 42% of Zimbabwe’s annual tobacco crop.

The company’s Harare plant is one of the most modern and large leaf processing facilities in Africa.
The equipment and facilities have a capacity of handling an average of 500 tonnes per day

TPZ has shown a great deal of environmental responsibility. To this day, the organization has put in place measures to ensure that the environmental impact of its operations is kept minimal. In line with this, the company has implemented an Integrated Management System (IMS), which combines quality issues with environmental aspects. TPZ received its ISO certification for both ISO 9001:2000 and ISO14001:2004 in August 2002 after being audited by SAZ.

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Corporate Culture
Quality Assurance
Green Leaf Threshing
Social Responsibility
Human Resources
Safety, Health & Environment

The vision

To be a leading global service provider in the tobacco industries supply chain.

Mission statement

Excellence is our vocation

Organizational structure

There are 10 departments at the company namely:

  • Leaf Accounting and Logistics
  • Processing Operations
  • Quality Assurance
  • Engineering
  • Security
  • Human Resources
  • Finance and Administration
  • Safety, Health and Environment (SHE)
  • General Management
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Corporate Culture (The TPZ Brand)

The corporate culture is premised upon the TPZ STRIPE values. The values are explained below.


These values are derived from the TPZ guiding principle that is freedom through responsibility, strength from diversity, enterprising spirit and open minded.

TPZ and the Society

TPZ is geographically located in the Southerton Industrial society. It is neighbors with the Breatice Hospital of infectious Diseases and the lobels Bread Factory. With these organizations within its proximity, TPZ has been socially responsible as highlighted in the social responsibity policy. The summary of the nature of TPZ relations with the society is embedded in the social responsibility policy elaborated below.

Quality Assurance

Quality and service excellence has been at the core of its services and in 2002 was I.S.O certified on the environmental and quality management systems; EMS 14001:2004 and QMS 9001:2000 through Anglo Japanese American (AJA). For logistical reasons, TPZ decided to use Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) which is the government approved standards certifying body for all its I.S.O audits in 2005.The subsequent business partnership has seen SAZ supporting TPZ on all surveillance and re-certification audits thereby providing the third party assurance needed by customers.

Human Resources

The GLT (Green Leaf Threshing) process which is the mainstay of TPZ is highly labor intensive and the company employs over 1700 contract employees annually, who are commonly known as seasonals.

Safety, Health and Environment

Tobacco Processors Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd aims to apply the best international standards of practice in all aspects of its operations which relate to the health and safety of its employees at work and non-company personnel on company premises and the conservation of the physical environment and to give a high priority to these activities.  The company has therefore won National and International Safety Awards inter-alia as follows:

  • BAT Zero Accident Award for the year ending 4 October 2000(Recognition of working 1 year with no Lost Wok Day Case)

  • BAT Zero Accident Award for the year ending 5 August 2002(Recognition of working 1 year with no Lost Wok Day Case)

  • BAT 5 000 000 Accident Free hours for the period 6 August 2001-9 October 2002

  • From 1999 till now the company has been getting the regional sectoral awards from NSSA. At the 2009 NSSA conference the company received a Gold Award for coming first in the regional Commerce and Distribution sector.

TPZ Environmental Policy Download

TPZ Quality Policy Download

TPZ Occupational Health and Safety Policy Download

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