AT&T has a Human Rights Policy. The policy addresses freedom of expression and privacy, protection against corruption, labor standards and sustainable environmental practices. The Code of Business Conduct training also incorporates principles of the human rights policy.
Additionally, we have a long-standing policy to adhere to the laws in the countries where we operate.Top
We outline our expectations in our Citizenship & Sustainability Principles of Conduct for Suppliers guidelines, which cover topics including sustainable business practices, diversity, ethics and labor rights. These principles are published online and have been widely viewed since the 2008 launching of this document.
In addition, we're engaging our suppliers in the following ways:
AT&T Supplier Survey
Since 2009, we have conducted an annual supplier citizenship and sustainability self-assessment survey aimed at helping us gage the level of awareness and maturity of sustainability issues within our major suppliers' cultures and operations. These suppliers account for most of our procurement expenditures and we incorporate their information into our overall supplier performance measurement process. The survey includes questions on energy efficiency, environmental protection, health and safety, labor rights, ethics, confidentiality, product stewardship, alternative energy, GHG emissions, and water usage.
Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Survey
We are working with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Supply Chain initiative to further track and report our suppliers' GHG emissions in a standard format. Each year we send the survey to suppliers who represent approximately 80 percent of our total spend. According to data from the CDP and AT&T surveys, about 60 percent of our procurement expenditures are with suppliers who track and report their emissions, or have plans to do so by 2012.
Strategic Supplier Sustainability Scorecard
AT&T measures the performance of its strategic suppliers on their adherence to sustainable business practices. Areas of focus include the environment, health, safety, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous substances, labor, and water.
We are working with our major network suppliers to establish goals to improve the efficiencies of next-generation network equipment. We have collaborated with the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) in the publishing of a Telecommunications Energy Efficiency Ratio (TEER) metric. This allows us to work closely with our top suppliers as they test their equipment using the TEER metric and to establish expectations with these suppliers for baseline performance measurements and continuous improvement.Top
In 2011, we spent $12 billion with minority, women and disabled veterans business enterprises. This represents 23 percent of our total spend.
We are a member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable a supplier diversity think tank of corporations that spend more than $1 billion annually with diverse companies. Only 17 companies qualify at this level.
We also have established several supplier diversity mentoring and protégé programs including:
- Operation Hand Salute — Matches participants with mentors and connects them with industry experts, community leaders, and AT&T executives. In May 2011, we concluded the first Operation Hand Salute program, and based on its success, AT&T Global Supplier Diversity is expanding the program nationally.
- AT&T Prime Supplier Program — Has helped our prime suppliers increase the utilization of diverse businesses in our supply chain through subcontracting and value-added reseller arrangements since 1989. The program has helped our prime suppliers establish their own diversity programs and develop annual plans outlining how their company will provide better business solutions by working with diverse suppliers.
- Meet the Prime Matchmaker Events — Target key suppliers in emerging markets to engage in one-on-one interviews with qualified diverse suppliers to discuss contract opportunities.
In 2011, we contributed more than $115 million through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs.
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In 2011, employees and retirees donated 6 million volunteer hours — worth more than $133 million.Top
Equal Opportunities Policy
AT&T and its subsidiaries are committed to equal employment opportunity. AT&T Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers. All qualified candidates will receive full and fair consideration for employment. All applicants and employees are protected from unlawful discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability or any other category protected by applicable law. You should notify the EEOC, the FCC or other appropriate agency if you believe you have been discriminated against.Top
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