AT&T Releases 2016 Annual Sustainability Update: A Letter from our Chairman and CEO

28 Jun 2017 | Randall Stephenson

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Since our start, AT&T has been about one thing: harnessing the power of our network to change lives and improve the world. And just as our network technology has gotten better over the years, so has our ability to address some of society’s toughest challenges.

None of this would be possible without our employees, who are as dedicated to their communities as they are to their jobs.


A great example is education, where technology is radically changing how students learn and teachers teach. In the U.S., AT&T Aspire, our $400 million education investment, is helping prepare more young people to succeed in school, on the job and in life.  We’re working with external organizations – like Udacity, Coursera and numerous universities – to create opportunities for specialized online degrees or certifications. And in Latin America, our ESCUELA+ initiative has connected teachers and students in more than 7,500 schools across 8 countries to a world of educational discovery.


We’re even using these same tools to help our employees gain the high-tech skills they need as we become a more software-centric company.


Technology can also speed the transition to a low-carbon economy – from networks that use less energy and water to better ways to conserve fuel through smart traffic management. Our 2025 goal: To enable carbon savings for our customers that are 10x the footprint of our operations.


Finally, as one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, we want people to use our technology responsibly. Over almost 8 years, our It Can Wait® program has signed up millions of U.S. drivers who have pledged to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones. And now we’re expanding our work to Mexico.


None of this would be possible without our employees, who are as dedicated to their communities as they are to their jobs. In 2016, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 5.4 million hours to make their communities better places to live and work.


Leveraging technology to build a better tomorrow is something we take very seriously. I invite you to learn more about our efforts in the 2016 edition of the AT&T Annual Sustainability Update.


The AT&T Annual Sustainability Update launched, June 28, 2017. We also unveiled the methodology and first case study that shows our work to achieve AT&T’s goal to enable carbon savings 10x the footprint of our operations by 2025.

About the Author

Randall Stephenson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


Randall was named to his current position in 2007. Randall began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982 in Oklahoma. He served as the company’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2004, and from 2004 to 2007 he served as chief operating officer. He was appointed to AT&T’s board of directors in 2005. He is a member of the board of directors of Emerson Electric Co. and Boeing, a member of the PGA TOUR Policy Board, and National President of the Boy Scouts of America. Randall received his B.S. in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Master of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.