AT&T recently released its 2008 Citizenship and Sustainability Report, “Connecting for a Sustainable Future.” The report spotlights more than $865 million in multi-year investments for important education, environmental and volunteerism programs to help strengthen communities, stimulate economic growth and ensure America’s global competitiveness.
Despite a down economy, AT&T accelerated its social and environmental investments over the past year. Key initiatives highlighted in this year’s report include:
Education and Workforce Readiness: In 2008, AT&T launched AT&T Aspire, a $100 million multi-year education initiative to help stem the United States high school dropout crisis. The program, one of the largest corporate commitments ever to address high school success and workforce readiness, supports four primary components: grants to schools and nonprofits, dropout prevention summits organized by America’s Promise Alliance, dropout prevention research and a companywide job shadowing program.
Community Volunteerism: In 2008, AT&T employees and retirees volunteered 10.3 million hours of their time, worth more than $200 million, to improve communities where they live and work. For example, during this year’s National Day of Service, AT&T partnered with the Communications Workers of America to support Share Our Strength’s efforts to address childhood hunger by collecting and delivering more than 50,000 pounds of food to local area food banks in 39 metropolitan areas.
A Cleaner Fleet: Earlier this year, AT&T announced plans to invest up to $565 million to roll out more than 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles over the next 10 years. This means removing approximately 211,000 metric tons of emissions from communities where the fleet operates, which is equivalent to removing approximately 38,000 passenger cars from the road for a year.
The investments we make in our people, the network, communities and the environment can bring prosperity, growth and opportunity to workers, families and businesses. Investing in high-tech jobs, faster wireless and wired networks and important education programs will help stimulate both economic and job growth.