Community Engagement

In 2016, employees and retirees donated more than 5.4 million volunteer hours — worth more than $129 million.1 

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, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. For instance, New York City also prohibits discrimination on the basis of creed. AT&T complies with these and other applicable EEO laws, and prohibits unlawful discrimination. 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 conflict zones. Our Principles of Conduct for Suppliers address conflict minerals and confirm AT&T’s expectations that the products we sell will not contain conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups. AT&T works with non-governmental organizations and our suppliers on this issue. Additionally:

  • 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.

To date, AT&T has not had a reporting obligation pursuant to the SEC Conflict Minerals Rules. AT&T will continue to execute the CM Program 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 and labor practices through our supplier engagement. Suppliers accounting for 80% of our spend received the 2016 AT&T Supplier Sustainability Assessment. The assessment requested suppliers to attest that they have policies that:

  • Prohibit child labor
  • Prohibit involuntary labor
  • Protect freedom of association
  • Prohibit discrimination
  • Prohibit physical coercion
  • Limit the number of working hours
  • Address wages and compensation

For more information, please see the Engaging our Supply Chain issue brief. 

Philanthropic Spending

In 2016, we contributed $139.9 million through corporate, employee, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs.

Priority Arts & Culture Civic & Community Education Health & Welfare Total
Total (Millions) $6.2M $34.1M $67.9M $31.1M 139.3M

Our signature philanthropic initiative AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond.. Read more about it here.

Supplier Diversity

In 2016, we spent $14.2 billion with minority, women and service-disabled veteran and LGBT business enterprises. This represents 18.83of our total spend.

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

AT&T Prime Supplier Program

Since 1989, the AT&T Prime Supplier program has been instrumental in helping our prime suppliers increase the use of minority-, women and service-disabled veteran- and LGBT-owned businesses in their supply chain. The AT&T Prime Supplier program has dedicated supplier diversity managers who collaborate with our Prime Suppliers to create detailed plans for utilizing diverse suppliers, set meaningful goals for utilization of diversity suppliers as subcontractors, and encourage development of innovative solutions for improving and tracking diversity results. The team also manages process improvements for monthly reporting as well as monitoring annual compliance results for the program. 

Meet the Prime Matchmaker Events

In 2016, AT&T Global Supply Chain enhanced its support of AT&T’s Supplier Diversity initiatives. AT&T hosted a supplier conference with the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), where AT&T’s executive leadership discussed the changes planned to the network and Information Technology (IT) infrastructure. During the conference, AT&T hosted a matchmaking event to connect Prime Suppliers with diverse companies. Seventy-five diverse suppliers met with 20 AT&T Prime Suppliers in160 one-on-one meetings. These meetings led to several projected 2016 contracts.

For more information on our supplier diversity initiatives, visit our Supplier Diversity issue brief

U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

For over a century, AT&T has been committed to using the power of our technology to make communities stronger. As we expand into new global markets, this commitment is as strong as ever. In September 2015, 193 countries came together and agreed to take on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) – a framework of 17 goals aimed at reducing poverty, protecting our planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. These goals call upon all of us to do our part to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. At AT&T, we believe that our focus on supporting people, planet and possibilities is aligned with the UN SDGs.

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1 The financial equivalent is determined by using $23.07 per volunteer hour, which is based on the 2015 industry standard from Independent Sector, a leading nonprofit organization that determines the financial equivalent for a variety of volunteer initiatives.


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