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Community Engagement

In 2015, employees and retirees donated more than 5.4 million volunteer hours - worth more than $124 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 the 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.
  • 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).

With respect to the products we sell, AT&T has put in place the following ongoing activities to identify potential reporting obligations:

  • A comprehensive conflict minerals (CM) program, 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 Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules on Conflict Minerals.
  • A working team that addresses the day-to-day activities associated with complying with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules on Conflict Minerals.
  • A governance committee that reviews and provides general guidance on conflict minerals compliance activities.
  • An AT&T officer steering committee that provides oversight, guidance and accountability.


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 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% of our annual spend receive the AT&T Supplier Sustainability Survey annually. The survey covers general questions on both human rights and labor practices. Because we are a non-manufacturing service carrier, we look to our product manufacturers to demonstrate that they have rigorous human rights programs and labor practices in their manufacturing operations. The annual AT&T Supplier Sustainability Assessment discussed above is a key tool to obtain this important information. AT&T also communicates its human rights policy directly to suppliers, and expects them to recognize and abide by it. It is posted on AT&T’s Supplier Portal, along with other policies and materials that explain our supply chain sustainability approach.

Philanthropic Spending

In 2015, we contributed $156.6 million through corporate, employee, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs.

Priority Arts & Culture Civic & Community Education Health & Welfare Total
Total (Millions) $6.5M $29M $87M $34.1M 156.6M

Our signature philanthropic initiative AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education – through technology, social innovation and relationships — to ensure all students have the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. Read more about it here.

Supplier Diversity

In 2015, we spent $13.7 billion with minority, women and disabled veterans business enterprises. This represents 24.06% 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. AT&T is proud to announce the 2015 graduation of 12 service-disabled veteran-owned businesses from this initiative, executed by the John F. Kennedy Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership (JFK). The JFK mentorship program reflects AT&T’s commitment to increasing its vendor diversity by implementing a program that addresses the challenges that businesses face when competing for contracts in the global marketplace. Since 2011, 87 diverse business owners graduated from the JFK mentorship program.

AT&T Prime Supplier Program

AT&T is very proud of our Prime Supplier program, which we created 25 years ago. Historical results clearly indicate how instrumental our Prime Suppliers have been in assisting us in proliferating diversity businesses into AT&T’s 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; to set meaningful goals for utilization of diversity suppliers as subcontractors; and to encourage development of innovative solutions for improving and tracking diversity results.

Meet the Prime Matchmaker Events

These events target key suppliers in emerging markets to engage in one-on-one meetings with qualified diverse suppliers to discuss contract opportunities. In 2015, AT&T hosted a matchmaking event in Dallas in conjunction with the AT&T Suppliers Conference. In each meeting, primes and diverse suppliers discussed current and future contract opportunities. In total, there were 119 meetings with 12 primes and 50 diverse suppliers. There were also 65 follow-up meetings scheduled.

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

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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