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Community Engagement

In 2012, employees and retirees donated more than 5.8 million volunteer hours - worth more than $129 million.*

*The financial equivalent is determined by using $22.14 per volunteer hour, which is based on the 2012 industry standard from Independent Sector, a leading nonprofit organization that determines the financial equivalent for a variety of volunteer initiatives.

Read more about how employees are engaged in their communities.

Equal Opportunities Policy

AT&T and its subsidiaries are committed to equal employment opportunity. AT&T Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers. All qualified candidates will receive full and fair consideration for employment. All applicants and employees are protected from unlawful discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other category protected by applicable law. You should notify the EEOC, the FCC or other appropriate agency if you believe you have been discriminated against.

Human Rights

We take our commitment to human rights seriously and have a long-standing policy to adhere to the laws in the countries where we operate. Here is how we're ensuring our commitment to human rights:

Human Rights Policy

Our Human Rights Policy addresses freedom of expression and privacy, protection against corruption, labor standards and sustainable environmental practices.

Code of Business Conduct

The Code of Business Conduct training also incorporates principles of the human rights policy.

Principles of Conduct for our Suppliers

We outline our expectations for suppliers around a variety of issues, including human and labor rights, diversity and ethics in our Principles of Conduct for Suppliers.

Conflict Minerals

Use of minerals from the conflict zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding areas is an important human rights issue that requires increased supply chain transparency. AT&T is a member of the Global Electronics Sustainability Initiative and also has signed on with the Private-Public Alliance for Responsible Trade with the U.S. State Department. These organizations are developing standard processes to address issues relating to conflict minerals. Read more about our efforts on conflict minerals. 

Labor Practices and Human Rights in our Supply

As reflected in our Supplier Conduct Principles, we take issues around labor practices and human rights in our supply chain seriously. In 2012, we began working with our suppliers on assessing and, in some cases, auditing their labor practices and human rights policies and performance. In 2013, we will continue this engagement to include additional suppliers.

Philanthropic Spending

In 2012, we contributed more than $131 million through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs.

Priority Arts & Culture Civic & Community Education Health & Welfare Total
Total (Millions) $7.8M $25.4M $64.3M $33.9M $131.4M

AT&T Aspire is our primary philanthropic focus. Read more about it here.

Supplier Diversity

In 2012, we spent $12.8 billion with minority, women and disabled veterans business enterprises. This represents 23.96 percent of our total spend.

We also have established several supplier diversity mentoring and protégé programs including:

Operation Hand Salute

Operation Hand Salute, a program for disabled veteran CEOs, matches participants with mentors and connects them with industry experts, community leaders and AT&T executives. We launched our second class with 14 national disabled veteran CEOs to participate in a 10-week online business development program. The program was produced by John F. Kennedy University from May 2012 - September 2012.

AT&T Prime Supplier Program

The Prime Supplier Program is one of the most essential AT&T Supplier Diversity programs. Since 1989, AT&T's Prime Supplier Program has helped our prime suppliers increase the utilization of diverse businesses in our supply chain through subcontracting and value-added reseller arrangements. Our prime suppliers are vital to the success of AT&T Supplier Diversity. The AT&T Prime Supplier Program has helped our prime suppliers establish their own supplier diversity program and develop an annual plan outlining how their company will provide better business solutions by working with diverse businesses.

Meet the Prime Matchmaker Events

These events target key suppliers in emerging markets to engage in one-on-one interviews with qualified diverse suppliers to discuss contract opportunities.

Read more about supplier diversity.

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