Did you know that AT&T has been named ranked the top community-minded company in the United States by the Civic 50 program?
For the third time in five years the communications company has received the top honor from the Civic 50, a Points of Light Foundation program, in a report the company released earlier this month. The Civic 50 program was started in 2012 in order to recognize companies who are most community-minded and whose employees are most committed in giving of their time, money and talents for the greater good as well as those employees who exemplify a culture of service. Civic 50 is an exclusive and only survey system that ranks a company’s community involvement in the United States.
Bham Now spoke to AT&T about the many ways their employees give back to the Birmingham area community. In the past few months, AT&T employees have engaged with more than 18 community organizations and projects in and around Birmingham. Those projects range from the March of Dimes Walk and Birmingham Aids Outreach Walk to giving blood at the American Red Cross to working with HICCA!, Grace House Ministries to Adopting Salvation Army Angel Tree angels to mentoring students through the ASPIRE program.
Additionally, AT&T employees have given their time and talents to the American Heart Association, Fire House Shelter, First Light Shelter, the WellHouse, Children’s Hospital Parent’s Night Out, the Birmingham Education Foundation, Hoover City Schools, the North Shelby Library and KIDSPARK Alabama.
“AT&T has proudly invested in our Alabama communications networks, our people and local communities for 138 years,” stated Terri Williams, AT&T Alabama Regional Director of External and Legislative Affairs. “We are committed to helping people connect with their world and with opportunities and resources that make life more fulfilling.”
As a whole, the company stated that employees volunteered more than 5.4 M hours through employee and volunteer programs worldwide and that more than $40 M has been pledged to organizations trough AT&T’s employee giving program.
In the same report, AT&T released that it has accomplished its first milestone in reducing the company’s sustainability program. AT& T’s initiatives have goals of enabling customer’s carbon savings 10x the footprint of the company’s operations by 2025. In this update, the company outlines the methodology used for measuring the impact of their first customer case study about the carbon benefits of connected shipping pallets. AT&T stated, “Side-by-side with nonprofits, peers and customers we are working to measure the carbon and cost savings enabled by our technology, so more businesses can understand how they can use technology to help improve the environment.”
The company also realized more than $101 M in annualized energy savings from 25,000 energy projects in 2016. Additionally, the company has recycled more than 120 M in refurbished or recycled Direct TV, U-Verse and AT&T mobile devices since 2007.
AT&T’s workforce, network and connections are truly making a powerful difference in our community.