The below post is by Amanda Chiampi, AT&T’s Director of Sustainability Integration, and originally appeared on AT&T’s People | Planet | Possibilities Blog.
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.
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.
We are a member of the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI), a collaboration of major Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies and organizations worldwide that provide impartial information, resources and best practices for achieving integrated social and environmental sustainability. Recently, I joined other GeSI member companies to release their latest research report, #SystemTransformation, which highlights how ICT-enabled solutions can drive progress towards achieving the SDGs.
AT&T is proud to have several programs in place that we believe will contribute to the overall success of the Goals. Initiatives like It Can Wait and its expansion program ‘Puede Esperar’ in Mexico, aimed at helping to reduce traffic accidents from distracted driving in Mexico City, support SDG 3.6: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents. And, efforts like AT&T Aspire and ESCUELA+, our educational programs across the United States and Latin America that provide teachers and students with innovative solutions to educational challenges, support SDG 4: Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Our efforts don’t stop there. From helping young women in across the U.S. and Latin America become the next generation of web developers (SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) to investing our expertise in the Internet of Things to create smart cities (SDG 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable), AT&T is already demonstrating our strong investment in delivering outcomes that will help support the achievement of several Goals. We know there is more to be done and that we need to work with others to help achieve these goals. We plan to do that through our support of SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals. A great example of this is our support of the Net Positive Project, a new way of doing business which puts back more into society, the environment and the global economy than it takes out.
There is much to be done if we are to ensure the success of the SDGs by their target date of 2030. We are proud to be doing our part and look forward to working with all critical players – from NGOs to governments and other businesses across the globe – to achieve these goals.
To learn more about how AT&T is supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, check out this infographic.