AT&T has developed a number of policies to guide our Citizenship and Sustainability efforts:
- Climate Change Policy
- Code of Conduct
- Code of Ethics
- Energy Policy
- Environment Health & Safety
- Lead-Acid Batteries
- Equal Opportunity Policy
- Human Rights
- Paper Policy
- Philanthropy Policy
- Principles of Conduct for Suppliers
- Stakeholder Policy
- Anti-Bribery Compliance Policy
AT&T’s 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.
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.
The Board 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: AT&T Code of Ethics.
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.
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 a environmentally responsible manner and to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public.
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. Please 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.
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.
AT&T has a Human Rights Policy. The policy addresses freedom of expression and privacy, protection against corruption, labor standards (including forced labor), and sustainable environmental practices. Our Principles of Conduct for Suppliers sets out AT&T’s expectations for human rights and labor practices The Code of Business Conduct training also incorporates principles of the human rights policy. Additionally, we have a long-standing policy to adhere to the laws in the countries where we operate.
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.
"AT&T's new paper policy puts the company in a leadership role in sourcing products from responsibly managed forests", said Corey Brinkema, President, Forest Stewardship Council — US. "The Forest Stewardship Council applauds AT&T for their business decision and we look forward to working with them to implement the new policy."
Philanthropy at AT&T is an important part of the company’s Citizenship and Sustainability efforts to support education and our local communities. The company’s key philanthropic program is AT&T Aspire, a $350M commitment to education, helping students succeed in school, the workforce and in life. 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, please visit our philanthropy policy.
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.
Stakeholder engagement — whether it occurs through dialogue, structured collaboration or formal partnership — is a means to help inform decisions, identify solutions and contribute to progress on specific social and environmental issues. 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. We have a Stakeholder Engagement Policy to guide our engagement efforts.
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. In particular, we are especially vigilant when dealing with government officials.
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