2004 Committee Charter : MO


The Public Affairs and Social Responsibility Committee (the "Committee") of the Board of Directors (the "Board") of Altria Group, Inc. (the "Company") shall consist of at least three directors chosen by the Board. Based on the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Board annually shall elect the members and the Chair of the Committee at its organizational meeting following the Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The members of the Committee may be removed by the Board.

Purpose, Authority and Responsibilities

The purpose of the Committee is to provide oversight of the Company's public affairs, corporate reputation and societal alignment strategies.

In furtherance of this purpose, the Committee shall have the following authority and responsibilities:

  • to review public policy issues affecting the Company and the Company's key public policy positions taken around the globe;
  • to offer advice and insights and make recommendations regarding policies, programs, actions and procedures that will assist the Company in responding appropriately to its social responsibilities and the public interest in its affairs;
  • to review key trends in legislation, regulation, litigation, and public debate around the world in order to determine whether the Company should consider additional public affairs and corporate social responsibility actions;
  • to review the state of the Company's relationships with key stakeholders, how those constituencies view the Company and the issues raised by them;
  • to consider the impact of business operations and business practices on the communities where the Company does business;
  • to review the Company's policies, programs and activities related to political and charitable contributions;
  • to review significant communications of public affairs and societal alignment initiatives; and
  • to conduct an annual review of the Committee's performance and periodically assess the adequacy of its charter and recommend changes to the Board as needed.


    The Committee shall meet as often as it deems is appropriate to carry out its responsibilities. A majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. The Chair of the Committee, in consultation with the other Committee members, shall set meeting agendas. The Committee shall report its actions and recommendations to the Board.

    The Committee shall have the sole authority to retain and terminate legal counsel and other advisors to the Committee as the Committee may deem appropriate, including sole authority to approve related fees and terms of any counsel or advisors to the Committee that it retains.

    The Committee may delegate its authority to subcommittees or the Chair of the Committee when it deems appropriate.