Sustainability

As we invest in our company, we also continue to invest in our people and communities — continuing a legacy that stretches back more than 140 years.

To view our 2017 Sustainability Update, click here. You can also find more information on our People | Planet | Possibilities website.

We support programs and projects that are making a meaningful impact in communities around the world. Here are a few examples:

IT CAN WAIT® CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES IN MEXICO

AT&T introduced its It Can Wait campaign to Mexico. The program aims to encourage our wireless users, employees and the public to keep their eyes on the road, and not on their phones, while driving. Research from AT&T1 showed more than 9-in-10 (92%) urban Mexicans read or send messages or engage in other smartphone activities while driving. Nearly a quarter (24%) do it “all the time.” In 2015, we joined with government and community officials to launch an It Can Wait public awareness, advertising and pledge campaign in Mexico City. We hosted neighborhood It Can Wait events that included our virtual reality experience, a 3-D setting that allows people to experience the potentially deadly consequences of even glancing at a phone while driving. We’ll expand the campaign to other Mexican cities in 2016.

ALERTA AMBER

AT&T was the first and only Mexican wireless carrier to collaborate with the Alerta Amber (Amber Alert) initiative at a national level in 2015. Iusacell, Nextel Mexico and Unefon users receive text messages when a child is missing or abducted in their area.

TÉLÉCOMS SANS FRONTIÈRES

Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF), a leading emergency telecommunications organization, aims to be on the scene of a disaster — anywhere in the world — within 24 hours. With its headquarters in Europe and its international bases in Bangkok and Nicaragua, TSF provides victims, other relief organizations and first responders with the ability to communicate. In 2015, TSF responded to emergencies from Chile to Nepal, helping connect first responders, victims and other relief organizations. In the Balkins, TSF opened two telecom centers at the heart of the migrant route to help those fleeing instabilities in their home countries. To help ensure children in refugee camps have access to educational tools, they have set up Learning centers in Syria, Turkey, and Iraq. Since 2003, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation contributed $1.2 million to TSF.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

Every student deserves the tools to reach their full potential. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities. In Europe and Latin America, we’ve been working with Junior Achievement Worldwide to assist with mentor recruitment, student work-experience placements, program quality monitoring and further development of the implementation strategy. In Europe, students working with AT&T employees have the opportunity to join an entrepreneurial program and learn set up their own enterprise or an employability program that sets out the skills and knowledge young people need to succeed. In Mexico and Brazil, students gained work experience through mentoring with volunteers.

THE PRINCE OF WALES FOUNDATION & THE PRINCE’S TRUST

For 10 years, AT&T has supported The Prince of Wales Foundation and The Prince’s Trust – an organization that provides funding and helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Since 2005, AT&T has contributed more than $575,000 to The Prince of Wales Foundation and The Prince’s Trust, which has gone to support more than 200 young people. We are also a member of the Technology Leadership Group, a networking forum for business leaders across the sector who want to make a difference to young people in the UK. An AT&T team of cyclists also took to the road and raised more than £3,500 in the Palace-to-Palace 45-mile cycle challenge.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW PROLAW

PROLAW is a Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development program that develops leaders to advance social justice across the globe, through effective, sustainable governance and rule of law reform.  AT&T has supported ProLaw with 2015 funding being directed toward scholarship assistance for a student from Mexico to attend the ProLaw LLM course in Rule of Law, at Loyola University’s campus in Rome.

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