AT&T Releases Its 2009 Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Report
Monday, June 28, 2010
Connecting For a Sustainable Future
We are pleased to share that today AT&T1 today announced the release of its 2009 corporate citizenship and sustainability report highlighting the company's progress toward our goal of making multiyear commitments of up to $865 million for important education, environmental and volunteerism programs that help strengthen communities, stimulate economic growth and ensure America's global competitiveness. The report also showcases the company's relentless passion for innovation — a promise to use the power of its networks to drive human progress.
The report highlights a variety of initiatives that help make AT&T's business stronger as well as strengthen communities across the country:
Reducing Energy Use: In 2009, AT&T built on its ongoing effort to better manage energy use, reduce the amount of energy needed to carry data over its networks and invest in alternative energy. Specific efforts included:
Maintaining a Competitive and Diverse Workforce: Recognizing that the high school drop-out crisis impacts the ability of American businesses to sustain an educated, talented and diverse workforce, AT&T launched the $100 million Aspire program in 2008. The program seeks to improve high school retention rates and prepare the next generation of U.S. workers. In 2009, AT&T continued to support Aspire with initiatives including:
- Completing the first round of the evaluation process of 82 local community programs initially funded in 2008 through Aspire.
- Bringing the total number of students hosted through a job shadowing initiative in partnership with Junior Achievement to more than 23,000 students in more than 200 cities.
- Funding national research that explored practitioners' perspectives on the high school drop-out issue.
Sponsoring 84 drop-out prevention summits in 46 cities in 44 states attended by 27,000 stakeholders and organized by America's Promise Alliance as of the end of 2009.
<http://www.att.com/csr> Click here <http://www.att.com/csr> to view a full version of "Connecting for a Sustainable Future” or its executive summary
Community Engagement: In 2009, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered more than 8.5 million hours of time — valued at more than $176 million2 — to community activities across the country. To further encourage employee volunteerism, AT&T launched:
We look forward to our continued work together to ensure a sustainable future.
- A new employee volunteer website called AT&T Cares that enables employees to register and join individual, group and companywide volunteer initiatives.
- The AT&T/YourCause.com online community that enables employees to create their own personalized contributions web pages to raise funds for charities of their choice. In the first three months of this new program, AT&T employees raised more than $98,000 for charities through their AT&T/YourCause pages.
For more information about AT&T's sustainability efforts, please visit www.att.com/csr <http://www.att.com/csr> .