Community Engagement

In 2014, employees and retirees donated more than 5.6 million volunteer hours - worth more than $126 million1.   

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

We’ve actively sought to address the issue of conflict minerals from the conflict zones. Before President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank legislation that addressed conflict zone mineral sourcing into law, AT&T worked with non-governmental organizations and our suppliers on this issue:

  • We do not employ forced, compulsory or slaved labor and have the same expectation for our suppliers. We have a Human Rights Policy and Principles of Conduct for Suppliers that are clear in this respect.
  • We remain involved in this issue through our membership in the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Through that membership and our participation in both the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) and the GeSI Extractives Project Team, we support the continued development of the Conflict-Free Smelter Program and the use of the CFSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template. Through continued collaboration with suppliers, we are committed to the responsible mining of these minerals.
  • In October 2011, we joined as a participant in the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) — an alliance set up by the U.S. State Department, USAID, NGOs and company/industry organizations to address conflict minerals concerns. It promotes solutions to encourage those involved in responsible minerals trade in the DRC and the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa.

AT&T has taken rigorous steps to determine the extent to which it has reporting obligations under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the SEC’s rules implementing that Act (SEC Conflict Minerals Rules). The SEC Conflict Minerals Rules require public companies that manufacture or contract to manufacture products that contain conflict minerals to make annual disclosures about the use of those minerals.

Although AT&T is not a manufacturer of the products it sells, the SEC Conflict Mineral Rules would nevertheless apply to AT&T if it contracts to manufacture those products. AT&T’s first step in determining the applicability of Dodd-Frank was thus to establish a governance structure. AT&T created (i) a working team to address the day-to-day activities associated with complying with the SEC Conflict Minerals Rules; (ii) a governance committee that reviews and provides general guidance on conflict minerals compliance activities; and (iii) an officer steering committee to provide senior management oversight, guidance and accountability. AT&T also developed a comprehensive Conflict Minerals Management System (CMMS), which serves as the documented framework in which AT&T performs the steps required to determine the applicability of, and be in compliance with, the Conflict Minerals Rules. AT&T will continue to execute the CMMS annually to identify any potential changes to our filing status.

Read more about our efforts on conflict minerals.

Labor Practices and Human Rights in our Supply Chain 

As reflected in our Principles of Conduct for Suppliers, we take issues around labor practices and human rights in our supply chain seriously.

AT&T addresses human rights throughout our supplier engagement. AT&T Supply Chain has developed a Supplier Human Rights and Labor Practices Program. As part of that program suppliers accounting for 80 percent of our annual spend receive the AT&T Supplier Sustainability Survey annually. The survey covers general questions on both human rights and labor practices. As an additional step, selected suppliers, based on risk, receive an in-depth questionnaire that addresses aspects of human rights and labor practices, including minimum age requirements, maximum allowable hours worked, prohibiting forced labor and discrimination. The questionnaire assesses both the supplier and the supplier’s supply chain. Finally AT&T reserves the right to audit suppliers on all aspects of its sustainable business practices, including human rights and labor practices.

We also communicate our human rights policy directly to our suppliers. It lives on AT&T’s Supplier Portal, along with other policies and materials that explain our supply chain sustainability approach.

Philanthropic Spending

In 2014, we contributed more than $126 million through corporate, employee, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs.

Priority Arts & Culture Civic & Community Education Health & Welfare Total
Total (Millions) $4.9M $21.5M $68.9M $31.6M >$126.9M

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

Supplier Diversity

In 2014, we spent $16.5 billion with minority, women and disabled veterans business enterprises. This represents 27.45 percent of our total spend.

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

Operation Hand Salute

Operation Hand Salute is a national education and mentoring program for service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses. The initiative provides training and mentoring to a select group of qualified CEOs, with the goal of improving their business operations and enhancing their ability to win corporate contracts. In 2012, AT&T joined with John F. Kennedy “JFK” University and helped mentor, educate and offer contract opportunities to service-disabled veteran business owners. Since that time, AT&T has sponsored 53 service-disabled veteran business owners.

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AT&T Prime Supplier Program

The Prime Supplier Program is one of the most essential AT&T Supplier Diversity programs. Since 1989, it 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 initiative 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. In 2014, AT&T hosted one large matchmaking event in Dallas, three virtual matchmaker events and one regionally focused event in Chicago. These events were very successful, attracting 215 diverse suppliers and 87 AT&T Prime Suppliers, resulting in almost 800 one-on-one meetings, which led to several projected 2014-2015 contracts.

For more information on our supplier diversity initiatives, visit

1The financial equivalent is determined by using $22.55 per volunteer hour, which is based on the 2013 industry standard from Independent Sector, a leading nonprofit organization that determines the financial equivalent for a variety of volunteer initiatives.