Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Index

 

 

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) provides a collection of industry-specific standards to help measure and communicate performance on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) topics. The content index below provides AT&T’s reporting for 2 industries that align to our business: Telecommunication Services and Media & Entertainment.

Inclusion of information in this index should not be construed as a characterization of the materiality or financial impact of that information. Please see our Corporate Annual Report or Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and other publicly-filed documents available at the AT&T Investor Relations website.

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Telecommunication Services

SASB Code(s)

SASB Requested Metric(s)

AT&T Response

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Wireless subscribers

Total North America wireless customers: 185.048 million

  • U.S.: 165.889 million
  • Mexico: 19.159 million

For more information, see our Q4 2019 Investor Briefing and our 2019 Corporate Annual Report.

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Wireline subscribers

Total voice connections: 12.857 million

  • Network Access Lines: 8.487 million
  • U-verse® VoIP Connections: 4.37 million

For more information, see our Q4 2019 Investor Briefing.

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Broadband subscribers

Global broadband subscribers: 15.389 million

For more information, see our Q4 2019 Investor Briefing.

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Network traffic:

Percentage on cellular network

Percentage on fixed network

Our advanced network carries more than 335 petabytes of traffic on an average business day.

AT&T is not able to provide further breakdown of this data as requested, as it is proprietary and confidential.

For more information, see our Network Quality & Reliability issue brief.

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Total energy consumed (GJ)

Percentage grid electricity

Percentage renewable energy

Total energy consumed: 63.78 million GJ

Percentage grid electricity: 77.7%

In 2019, we expanded our clean energy portfolio to more than 1.5 gigawatts of total capacity, maintaining AT&T’s position as one of the largest corporate purchasers of renewable energy in the U.S.

Our on-site production of alternative and renewable electricity totals more than 1.05 million GJ annually through the use of solar and fuel cell installations.

The estimated energy production of our entire renewable energy portfolio is more than 7.92 million GJ annually, with more than 6.84 million GJ coming from our off-site solar and wind contracts currently in production. 

For more information, see our Energy Management issue brief.

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Description of policies and practices relating to behavioral advertising and customer privacy

We provide our customers with information – and choices – about how their data might be used. We publicly post privacy policies and give customers the ability to opt-in to some programs and say no to others.

AT&T’s Privacy Center website informs customers about AT&T’s data practices, including: the types of information collected; how information is collected, used and shared within AT&T and with third parties; how it is secured; and how long it is kept.

To help customers understand our practices, we describe our technology and services in simple terms and provide a consolidated resource for privacy policies and rights such as those under the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe and the California Consumer Privacy Act.

Our advertising unit, Xandr, optimizes media spend across TV and digital properties for buyers and sellers. As part of our efforts to boost transparency, we offer an Online Advertising & Ad Tech Glossary to educate consumers on the advertising industry’s many technical terms. We ensure the data Xandr collects does not reflect names, email addresses or other information that directly identifies a user. And Xandr never sells data from our platform pertaining to any individual that we know is a minor.

For more information on AT&T’s data protection and security practices, see the AT&T Privacy Center website and our Customer Privacy issue brief.

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Percentage of users whose customer information is collected for secondary purposes

Percentage who have opted in

AT&T is not able to provide this data, as it is proprietary and confidential.

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Total amount of monetary losses as a result of legal proceedings associated with customer privacy

AT&T is not able to provide this data, as it is proprietary and confidential.

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Number of government or law enforcement requests for customer information:

Number of customers whose information was requested

Percentage resulting in disclosure

Twice a year, we issue a Transparency Report listing the number and types of government and law enforcement demands received during the prior 6 months.

The report includes U.S. and international requests and lists the number and types of demands to which we responded as well as the number of requests for which no data was provided.

AT&T does not currently disclose the number of individual customers whose records were requested.

Reports from 2014 forward are published online and since July 2017 have been made available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Number of data security breaches:

Percentage involving customers’ personally identifiable information (PII)

Number of customers affected

AT&T is committed to maintaining our customers’ privacy. Despite our best efforts, there are occasions when unauthorized parties gain access to our customers’ information. The details associated with any such events are confidential.

For more information on AT&T’s data protection and security practices, see the AT&T Privacy Center website and our Customer Privacy issue brief.

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Description of approach to identifying and addressing data security risks, including use of third-party cybersecurity standards

AT&T has developed and maintains the AT&T Security Policy and Requirements (ASPR), a set of security control standards based in part on leading industry standards such as ISO/IEC 27001:2013. ASPR aligns to laws and standards such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework and NIST 800-53 as well as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS).

AT&T also performs annual third-party certifications/audits – such as those for the payment card industry, Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and SSAE 18/ISAE 3402 (SOC) – to demonstrate compliance to our customers and our stakeholders.

AT&T maintains global ISO 27001 certification, which includes the information security management systems (ISMS) for the AT&T global IP network and customer-facing services.

For details on our managerial approach to security, see our Network & Data Security issue brief.

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Materials recovered through take-back programs, percentage of recovered materials that are:

  • Reused
  • Recycled
  • Landfilled

Materials from take-back programs:

  • Reused or sold: 79.2%
  • Recycled: 20.8%
  • Landfilled: 0%

To ensure responsible recycling, all our device recycling and salvage vendors are R2 certified. The R2 Standard for electronics recycling and refurbishment facilities covers areas such as worker health and safety, environmental protection, chain-of-custody reporting and data security.

AT&T works with Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI), the housing body for the R2 Standard. We participate on SERI’s R2 Technical Advisory Committee, which works to develop standards updates that maintain leadership in the electronics recycling value chain.

For more information, see our Product Life Cycle and Waste Management issue briefs.

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Total amount of monetary losses as a result of legal proceedings associated with anticompetitive behavior regulations

For the fiscal year 2019, AT&T had no material losses relating to litigation involving alleged anticompetitive conduct.

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Average actual sustained download speed of:

Owned and commercially associated content

Non-associated content

AT&T does not favor certain websites or internet applications by blocking or throttling lawful internet traffic on the basis of content, application, service, user or use of nonharmful devices on its broadband internet access services.

In the provisioning of broadband internet access services, AT&T does not directly or indirectly favor some traffic over other traffic in exchange for consideration from a third party or to benefit an affiliate, except to address the needs of emergency communications, law enforcement, public safety (including FirstNet) or national security authorities, consistent with or as permitted by applicable law.

For more information on our approach to network traffic management, see the AT&T Broadband Information: Network Practices webpage.

For information on the expected and actual performance of our wireline and mobility network services, see the AT&T Broadband Information: Performance Characteristics webpage.

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Discussion of risks and opportunities associated with net neutrality, paid peering, zero rating and related practices

For information on these topics, see AT&T’s public policy statements about net neutrality and network-to-network connections on the AT&T Public Policy Blog, and the AT&T Global IP Network Peering Policy.

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System average interruption frequency

Customer average interruption duration

System average interruption frequency: 0.000710391

Customer average interruption duration: 0.033198749

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Description of systems to provide unimpeded service during service interruptions

At AT&T, we design our network and operations to be resilient – so we’re prepared to provide essential communications and data connectivity for our customers and communities. Our global team of certified and experienced business continuity experts, led by our President of AT&T Network Engineering and Operations, works to maintain operations of key business processes by utilizing documented business continuity strategies, plans and procedures that are updated and exercised on an annual basis. Regular reports on our business continuity efforts are shared with the Audit Committee of the AT&T Board of Directors.

Our Business Continuity Management Program is certified to the international business continuity standard ISO 22301:2012. It’s also aligned with the Disaster Recovery Institute International Professional Practices, Business Continuity Institute Good Practice Guidelines, U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Incident Management System and ISO 31000.

Alignment with such standards demonstrates that AT&T is equipped to maintain business operations and serve our customers in the vital hours, days or weeks after disaster strikes.

To help ensure the resilience of the AT&T network, our systems collect billions of service-assurance measurements across our wired and wireless infrastructure every hour, informing us of events such as unforeseen outages or spiking bandwidth demands. We analyze this data in near real time, 24/7, to help optimize performance. If disruption occurs, network technicians – and, if needed, our Network Disaster Recovery personnel and fleet – are deployed to rapidly restore communications to affected areas.

For more information on our managerial approach, see our Network Quality & Reliability issue brief.

Media & Entertainment

SASB Code(s)

SASB Requested Metric(s)

AT&T Response

SV-ME-000.A

Total recipients of media in the U.S. and the number of:

Households reached by broadcast TV

Subscribers to cable networks

Circulation for magazines and newspapers

Total video connections: 33.73 million

  • Premium TV: 19.473 million
  • AT&T TV NOW: 0.926 million
  • Vrio (Latin America): 13.331 million

Subscribers to cable networks:

  • HBO® (including HBO NOW℠): 140 million (internationally)

For more information, see our Q4 2019 Investor Briefing, 2019 Corporate Annual Report and our Form 10-K.

Circulation for magazines and newspapers is not applicable to AT&T.

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Total number of media productions and publications

Warner Bros. library includes more than 100,000 hours of programming:

  • More than 8,600 feature films
  • More than 5,000 television programs, comprised of tens of thousands of individual episodes

 For more information, see our Form 10-K.

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Percentage of gender and racial/ethnic group representation for:

Management

Professionals

All other employees

For a breakout of this data for U.S. management and front-line employees, see page 12 of our 2019 AT&T Diversity & Inclusion Report.

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Description of policies and procedures to ensuring pluralism in news media content

The AT&T Human Rights Policy states, “The role of a free press is fundamental to ensuring the security of human rights. At AT&T we consider the commitment to a free press to be a core value that is central to our mission. We will safeguard editorial independence and we will support efforts to ensure and advance freedom of expression across our platforms around the world.”

Our news organization, CNN, is committed to diversity across all screens and behind the scenes, and we actively invest in diversity recruiting and development programs. As demonstrated by our varied team of anchors, correspondents, producers, editors, contributors and guests around the globe, we know that to report the facts and uncover the truth, diverse perspectives are essential.

At CNN, we do not appeal to a specific point of view or political constituency. To the contrary, our reporters, producers, editors and writers aim for comprehensive journalism, which is enriched by the diversity of our employees. In our news coverage, we strive to present the whole story fairly and completely, so that readers and viewers may come to their own conclusions. And in our presentation of opinion and analysis, we strive to represent a range of viewpoints.

Our CNN website clearly identifies CNN’s parent company, WarnerMedia, a subsidiary of AT&T. And when CNN covers stories addressing AT&T, WarnerMedia or sister brands, we clearly disclose such relationships.

For more information, see our Media Pluralism, Ethics & Journalistic Integrity issue brief.

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Total amount of monetary losses as a result of legal proceedings associated with libel or slander

AT&T is not able to provide this data, as it is proprietary and confidential.

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Revenue from embedded advertising

AT&T is not able to provide this data, as it is proprietary and confidential.

Periodically, third-party branded products and/or services may appear or be referenced in WarnerMedia productions. In some cases, they are added by the content creators as organic set elements, relative to the environment or storyline; this brand inclusion generally does not involve compensation or consideration from the brand.

In other instances, either the content creator or WarnerMedia may enter a brand partnership with an advertiser to incorporate a product and/or service within a relevant storyline. In certain instances, these brand placements may be part of a larger media purchase. When done thoughtfully, inclusion of brands in content can benefit many parties:

  • The media/content creator – as a revenue source and a mechanism for reducing the overall cost of production
  • The audience – by enhancing content and offering advertising that is relevant and less intrusive
  • The advertiser – by developing an environment for their ad that drives deeper awareness and engagement with their product and/or service

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Description of approach for ensuring journalistic integrity of news programming related to:

Truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, fairness and accountability

Independence of content and/or transparency of potential bias

Protection of privacy and limitation of harm

Our commitment to responsible, fair and accurate journalism guides our news businessAt CNN, we practice and defend the highest principles of journalistic integrity and ethical standards. In our news coverage, our journalists present the story fairly and completely, so readers and viewers can make informed decisions. This commitment reflects one of AT&T’s core company values – to Embrace Freedom – which we apply to press, speech and beliefs.

Our reporters, producers, writers and editors work to confirm the facts before publishing articles on CNN digital or airing stories on CNN television. At CNN, fairness, integrity, diversity and accuracy are of the utmost importance to the brand, and systems are in place to maintain them. For example, news reports are reviewed by producers and copy editors – and particularly sensitive and investigative stories are reviewed further by a team of senior editors, standards and practices specialists, and media attorneys before they are broadcast or published.

Responsible and ethical journalism means that the CNN editorial staff maintains full editorial decision making for any segments or programs that are sponsored by our advertisers. And our journalists report on and hold to account our advertisers, other business partners and our parent company as they would any other company.

CNN conducts extensive and ongoing training to ensure employees connected to news gathering and reporting are fully aware of the scope and complexity of privacy law and the associated obligations toward confidentiality of news sources. Each news topic or situation involves unique circumstances that are addressed individually in connection with our legal and ethics teams.

For more information, see the WarnerMedia Journalistic Integrity website and the WarnerMedia Standards of Business Conduct

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Description of approach to ensuring intellectual property (IP) protection

AT&T’s patent portfolio is regularly regarded as one of the strongest in the world, and through our WarnerMedia division, we own a library of audiovisual content widely considered among the most valuable in the entertainment industry.

We create, own and distribute intellectual property, including material protected by copyrights, registered or unregistered trademarks, trade names, patents, trade secrets or other proprietary rights (“Intellectual Property”). To protect this Intellectual Property, we rely on a combination of laws, license agreements, robust registration and enforcement, and the responsible actions of our employees.

For more information about AT&T’s Intellectual Property portfolio and approach, see the AT&T Intellectual Property website, the AT&T Code of Business Conduct and the WarnerMedia Standards of Business Conduct.