AT&T* announced today that, effective with the opening of equity markets on September 20, 2010, it will be added to the 2010 Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America. One of the world’s most recognizable sustainability indexes, the DJSI North America is based on a rigorous analysis of corporate, economic, environmental and social performance. The index tracks the performance of the top 20 percent of the 600 biggest North American companies in the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index that lead the field in terms of sustainability.
AT&T is committed to sustainable business practices across all areas of its business. The DJSI North America announcement comes as AT&T continues to make progress on multiyear commitments for important environmental, education and volunteerism programs that help strengthen communities and stimulate economic growth. Critical initiatives include:
- Investing up to a planned $565 million to roll out approximately 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles through 2018.
- Helping find solutions to the nation’s high school dropout crisis through AT&T Aspire, a $100 million, multi-year program to improve high school retention rates and prepare the next generation of U.S. workers.
- Engaging in community volunteerism, where AT&T employees and retirees contributed 8.5 million hours of time in their communities last year.
“Our debut on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index signals our belief that a company’s long-term growth is linked to the soundness of its business practices and to the health of its employees, its community and its world,” said Charlene Lake, senior vice president of public affairs and chief sustainability officer, AT&T. “We know our stakeholders have high expectations of AT&T as a corporate citizen. While we continue to learn and make progress on this journey, we take pride in being recognized for the steps we’ve taken.”
AT&T is one of three telecommunications companies listed on the DJSI North America. For a full list of companies included on the DJSI North America, visit http://www.sustainability-index.com/07_htmle/reviews/review2010.html.
Visit www.att.com/csr and www.att.com/sustainability to learn more about sustainability at AT&T. Also visit www.att.com/csr to download the full 2009 Citizenship & Sustainability Report.