Policies

Our policies guide our Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.

 

 

Environmental

  • Climate Change Policy

    Our Climate Change Policy outlines our belief that climate change is happening, that greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to it, and that transitioning to a more resource efficient world will be a primary determinant of success in the 21st Century global economy. We also believe that our technology is central to this transition.

  • Energy Policy

    We have developed an Energy Policy to improve and optimize energy efficiency, while maintaining or improving the quality, reliability and competitiveness of our services. Our Energy Policy balances our business need for affordable supply with the need to identify alternative and renewable forms of energy that have less impact on the environment.

    Energy management is constantly evolving, so we continue to explore new strategies and creative ways to work toward our goals and more efficiently manage the energy we use. Visibility and accountability, innovation and collaboration, and technology are the building blocks of our approach. For more information, see our Energy Management issue brief.

  • Lead-Acid Batteries Statement

    AT&T uses lead-acid batteries in its operations to deliver services to our customers and ensure network reliability. At the end of life, these batteries can be recycled and re-used. Read our Lead-Acid Battery statement to learn how AT&T is working to ensure it does not export used lead-acid batteries outside the United States for disposition and recycling.

  • Paper Policy

    We have a Paper Procurement Policy. The policy addresses our commitment to environmental sustainability and our efforts to minimize our environmental impact with regards to paper procurement. We recognize our role in using responsible forest products and encouraging a market that conserves, protects and restores forests. This policy covers areas of paper certification, post-consumer waste content and paper reduction.

 

Social

  • Human Rights Policy

    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.

    Human Rights Policy

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

  • Philanthropy Policy

    Philanthropy at AT&T is an important part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to support education and our local communities. Philanthropic giving at AT&T includes both corporate contributions as approved by the AT&T Contributions Council and grants as approved by the AT&T Foundation. For more information on governance of our philanthropy, read our Philanthropy Policy.

    Our signature philanthropic initiative AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. Read more in our Community Engagement issue brief.

 

Governance

  • Code of Business Conduct

    AT&T's Code of Business Conduct addresses common ethical and compliance issues and covers a range of topics. Everything from diversity and non-discrimination to computer use and electronic security to conflicts of interest and relationships with vendors. Since the aquisition of WarnerMedia in 2018, we also maintain the WarnerMedia Standards of Business Conduct.

  • Code of Ethics

    AT&T has adopted a Code of Ethics applicable to members of the Board of Directors and to the officers and employees of AT&T and its consolidated subsidiaries.

  • Environment Health & Safety Policy

    We are committed to complying with all applicable environment, health and safety laws and regulations and to maintaining and improving management systems throughout the company to help ensure environmental responsibility and employee safety. We take our environmental, health and safety (EHS) stewardship seriously, and we evaluate our EHS performance through regular reviews and audits. AT&T has an Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Policy signed by AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. The policy asserts AT&T's commitment to operate in an environmentally responsible manner and to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public. See our Environment, Health & Safety Compliance issue brief for more information.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment Policy

    AT&T Companies prohibit unlawful discrimination or 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 to the extent protected by federal, state, or local laws.   This policy against harassment or discrimination extends to coworkers, contractors, vendors, and customers.

    AT&T also has a strict no-retaliation policy. AT&T prohibits retaliation against individuals who report harassment or discrimination, or who participate in investigations into such conduct.  Violations of any of these policies could lead to disciplinary action.

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Bribery Compliance Policy

    Around the world, we follow ethical business practices in our dealings with public officials, other companies and private citizens. We do not seek to influence them, directly, indirectly, through the payment of bribes or kickbacks or any other unethical payment. Such activity erodes our integrity and, in most cases, violates the law. We strive to avoid even the appearance of improper influence. Read more in our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Bribery Compliance Policy.

  • Political Engagement Policy

    We comply with all applicable laws concerning political contributions. Lawful political contributions are an important part of the political process. For more information, see our Political Engagement and our biannual Political Engagement Report.

  • Principles of Conduct for Suppliers

    We believe it is important to understand more about the social, economic and environmental performance of our suppliers, and expect our suppliers to share our commitment to citizenship and sustainability. We outline our expectations in our Principles of Conduct for Suppliers, which cover topics including sustainable business practices, diversity, conflict minerals, ethics, and human and labor rights.

  • Privacy Policy

    AT&T has a firm commitment to the privacy and security of our customers and users, as evidenced by our AT&T Privacy Policies. AT&T privacy policies associated with the company’s apps and loyalty programs are accessible directly from those apps and through other appropriate means, such as the website of the service. Also, customers can send questions or feedback on our privacy policies at any time, either by emailing privacypolicy@att.com or writing us at AT&T Privacy Policy, Chief Privacy Office, 208 S. Akard St., Room 1033, Dallas, TX 75202. See more in our Customer Privacy issue brief.

  • Stakeholder Policy

    Stakeholder engagement — whether it occurs through dialogue, structured collaboration or other working relationship — is a means to help inform decisions, identify solutions and contribute to progress on specific social and environmental issues. We have a Stakeholder Engagement Policy to guide our engagement efforts.

    Through our engagement with stakeholders, we seek to continually improve our business operations and policies, helping to improve the long-term health of both AT&T and the communities in which we live and work.