PMI IMPACT is a global initiative to support projects dedicated to fighting illegal trade and related crimes, such as corruption, organized crime and money laundering.

Public organizations, law enforcement, private entities, and non-governmental organizations from around the world are invited to submit their project proposals for funding. Projects can range from research initiatives to awareness programs to on-the-ground activities, in line with the theme of each funding round. Projects are selected through an open and defined evaluation process, led by a council of independent experts.

PMI IMPACT at a glance (pdf)

A multi-faceted problem

Illegal trade remains a persistent and complex global problem. Estimates from Global Financial Integrity (GFI) place the total global retail value of illegally traded goods at US$ 650 billion, and at US$ 2 trillion, if illicit financial flows are included*.

* Source: World Economic Forum:
Network of Global Agenda Councils Reports 2011-2012 – Illicit Trade

Illegal trade remains a persistent and complex global problem. Estimates from Global Financial Integrity (GFI) place the total global retail value of illegally traded goods at US$ 650 billion, and at US$ 2 trillion, if illicit financial flows are included*.

* Source: World Economic Forum:
Network of Global Agenda Councils Reports 2011-2012 – Illicit Trade

Its various forms - ranging from tobacco smuggling and the counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals and electronics to trade in drugs, arms, and wildlife - are inevitably interlinked, as wrongdoers exploit the same large-scale trafficking routes and corrupt networks.

Often operated by organized criminal groups, illegal trade deprives governments and taxpayers of much needed revenues, takes business away from legitimate operators, and deceives consumers with products of doubtful quality. Beyond the economic impact, illegal trade undermines society’s welfare and security by fueling corruption and providing funding for other crimes, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking and sometimes terrorism.

Its various forms - ranging from tobacco smuggling and the counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals and electronics to trade in drugs, arms, and wildlife - are inevitably interlinked, as wrongdoers exploit the same large-scale trafficking routes and corrupt networks.

Often operated by organized criminal groups, illegal trade deprives governments and taxpayers of much needed revenues, takes business away from legitimate operators, and deceives consumers with products of doubtful quality. Beyond the economic impact, illegal trade undermines society’s welfare and security by fueling corruption and providing funding for other crimes, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking and sometimes terrorism.

In too many places around the world, criminals have built their illicit empires on dirty money and laundered funds to infiltrate and corrupt government institutions. In this shadowy, illegal economy, traffickers and narcotics kingpins act as CEOs and venture capitalists while they build their empires of destruction, jeopardizing public health, emaciating communities’ human capital, eroding our collective security, and destabilizing fragile governments. Source: OECD (2016) Illicit Trade: Converging Criminal Networks

An inclusive approach

Achieving sustainable results against illegal trade requires more focus, more coordinated actions, and more resources.

Achieving sustainable results against illegal trade requires more focus, more coordinated actions, and more resources.

It also requires an inclusive approach for governments, the private sector and civil society to work together to address the issue in its entirety - across a range of illegally traded goods and by tackling crimes often linked to illegal trade, including corruption that is both a driver and a consequence of illegal trade. Moreover, the speed with which illegal networks develop, adapt and expand in today’s global environment, calls for global actions and solutions.

In this context, PMI IMPACT creates a platform for a wide range of organizations and stakeholders to implement impactful projects against illegal trade, together building synergies and innovative solutions.

It also requires an inclusive approach for governments, the private sector and civil society to work together to address the issue in its entirety - across a range of illegally traded goods and by tackling crimes often linked to illegal trade, including corruption that is both a driver and a consequence of illegal trade. Moreover, the speed with which illegal networks develop, adapt and expand in today’s global environment, calls for global actions and solutions.

In this context, PMI IMPACT creates a platform for a wide range of organizations and stakeholders to implement impactful projects against illegal trade, together building synergies and innovative solutions.

PMI IMPACT & PMI

PMI has a strong interest in seeing the illegal tobacco trade eradicated. We invest significant resources to ensure strong controls in our supply chain, raise awareness on the consequences of illegal tobacco trade and enhance knowledge on the issue and possible solutions.

PMI has a strong interest in seeing the illegal tobacco trade eradicated. We invest significant resources to ensure strong controls in our supply chain, raise awareness on the consequences of illegal tobacco trade and enhance knowledge on the issue and possible solutions.

The illegal trade in tobacco products is one of the problem’s many faces. Despite significant efforts to date, it remains one of the most profitable and least risky forms of illegal trade, with an estimated 600 billion illicit cigarettes consumed annually.

PMI is also committed to work against corruption and to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which among other topics, call for accountable and transparent institutions, sustainable reduction of corruption and bribery in all its forms, the promotion of the rule of law and the elimination of all forms of organized crime*.

PMI IMPACT is part of this commitment and supplements our many, ongoing anti-illicit trade efforts. Find out more here: www.stopillegalcigarettes.com.

* Source: Sustainable Development Goal 16

The illegal trade in tobacco products is one of the problem’s many faces. Despite significant efforts to date, it remains one of the most profitable and least risky forms of illegal trade, with an estimated 600 billion illicit cigarettes consumed annually.

PMI is also committed to work against corruption and to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which among other topics, call for accountable and transparent institutions, sustainable reduction of corruption and bribery in all its forms, the promotion of the rule of law and the elimination of all forms of organized crime*.

PMI IMPACT is part of this commitment and supplements our many, ongoing anti-illicit trade efforts. Find out more here: www.stopillegalcigarettes.com.

* Source: Sustainable Development Goal 16