Community Engagement

In 2017, employees and retirees donated more than 1.78 million volunteer hours — worth more than $42 million.1

Read more in our Engaging Employees in their Communities issue brief. 

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 in our Principles of Conduct for Suppliers, which covers topics including sustainable business practices, diversity, conflict minerals, ethics and labor rights.

Conflict Minerals

As a large device retailer, we’ve actively sought to address the issue of conflict minerals. Our Principles of Conduct for Suppliers confirm our expectations that the products we sell will not contain conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate suppliers who fail to demonstrate a commitment to this expectation. AT&T works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and our suppliers on this issue.

In addition, we have taken the following steps:


  • We do not employ forced, compulsory or slave labor and have the same expectation for our suppliers. Both our Human Rights Policy and Principles of Conduct for Suppliers are clear in this respect.
  • We remain involved in this issue through our membership in the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Through this membership and our participation in the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) (formerly Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative), we support the continued development of the Conflict-Free Smelter Program and the use of RMI’s Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT). Through continued collaboration with suppliers, we are committed to the responsible mining of these minerals.


See our Engaging our Supply Chain issue brief for more information.

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 also addresses human rights and labor practices through suppliers completing the QuEST Sustainability Assessor, described in the previous section. The assessment requests suppliers to respond about their policies and management practices that:

  • Prohibit child labor
  • Prohibit involuntary labor
  • Protect freedom of association
  • Prohibit discrimination
  • Prohibit physical coercion and any injumane disciplinary practices
  • Ensure health and safety
  • Limit the number of working hours
  • Address wages and compensation
  • Prohibit corruption and bribery

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

Philanthropic Spending

In 2017, we contributed $156 million through corporate, employee, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs.

Priority Arts & Culture Civic & Community Education Health & Welfare Total
Total (Millions) $4.8M $34.1M $86.4M $31.1M $156M

Our signature philanthropic initiative AT&T Aspire drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. Read more in our Philanthropy Highlights and Supporting Education: AT&T Aspire issue briefs.

Supplier Diversity

In 2017, we spent $14 billion with minority-, women-, service-disabled veteran- and LGBT-owned business enterprises. This represents 25.22% of our total spend.2

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.

To learn how AT&T supports the UN SDGs, view our infographic.


1 The financial equivalent is determined by using $24.14 per volunteer hour, which is based on the 2016 industry standard from Independent Sector, a leading non-profit organization that determines the financial equivalent for a variety of volunteer initiatives.

2 Supplier diversity spend and performance excludes content and programming spend


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