Our policies guide our Corporate Social Responsibility efforts.
Our Environmental Policy outlines our commitment to adapting our business practices to minimize the environmental impact. This includes assessing and managing our climate-related risks and opportunities; working to reduce, reuse and recycle waste in our operations and responsibly handle the waste we produce; implementing measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce water consumption; and actively working with our suppliers and customers to help them reduce their own environmental impacts.
Lead-Acid Batteries Statement
AT&T uses lead-acid batteries in its operations to deliver services to our customers and ensure network reliability. At the end of life, these batteries can be recycled and re-used. Read our Lead-Acid Battery statement to learn how AT&T is working to ensure it does not export used lead-acid batteries outside the United States for disposition and recycling.
We have a Paper Procurement Policy. The policy addresses our commitment to environmental sustainability and our efforts to minimize our environmental impact with regards to paper procurement. We recognize our role in using responsible forest products and encouraging a market that conserves, protects and restores forests. This policy covers areas of paper certification, post-consumer waste content and paper reduction.
Human Rights Policy
We take our commitment to human rights seriously and have a long-standing policy to adhere to the laws in the countries where we operate. Our Human Rights Policy addresses freedom of expression and privacy, protection against corruption, labor standards and sustainable environmental practices.
Philanthropy at AT&T is an important part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to support our local communities. Philanthropic giving at AT&T includes both corporate contributions as approved by the AT&T Contributions Council and grants as approved by the AT&T Foundation. For more information on governance of our philanthropy, read our Philanthropy Policy.
Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Policy
Around the world, we follow ethical business practices in our dealings with public officials, other companies and private citizens. We do not seek to influence them, directly, indirectly, through the payment of bribes or kickbacks or any other unethical payment. Such activity erodes our integrity and, in most cases, violates the law. We strive to avoid even the appearance of improper influence. Read more in our Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Policy.
Artificial Intelligence Guiding Principles
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a non-human system miming human intelligence. But another term is equally important: Ethics. It’s a system of moral standards and human values. It still belongs to people, and people still have responsibility for the outcomes generated by AI.
Board Diversity Statement
AT&T recognizes the value of diversity, and takes into account many factors, including but not limited to gender, race and ethnicity, as important in determining composition and in making nominations to the Board. For additional details on our Board nomination process, please see our annual Corporate Proxy Statement.
Code of Business Conduct
AT&T's Code of Business Conduct addresses common ethical and compliance issues and covers a range of topics. Everything from diversity and non-discrimination to computer use and electronic security to conflicts of interest and relationships with vendors.
Code of Ethics
AT&T has adopted a Code of Ethics applicable to members of the Board of Directors and to the officers and employees of AT&T and its consolidated subsidiaries.
Environment Health & Safety Policy
We are committed to Environment, Health & Safety Compliance complying with all applicable environment, health and safety laws and regulations and to maintaining and improving management systems throughout the company to help ensure environmental responsibility and employee safety. We take our environmental, health and safety (EHS) stewardship seriously, and we evaluate our EHS performance through regular reviews and audits. The AT&T Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Policy asserts our commitment to operate in an environmentally responsible manner and to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public. See our Environment, Health & Safety Compliance issue brief for more information.
Equal Employment Opportunity & Harassment Policy
AT&T Companies prohibit unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic to the extent protected by federal, state, or local laws. AT&T also strictly prohibits all forms of abusive conduct or workplace harassment, including sexual and racial harassment and harassment based on any of the characteristics described above. This policy against harassment or discrimination extends to anyone while working on behalf of AT&T, including co-workers, contractors, vendors, and customers. AT&T also has a strict no-retaliation policy. AT&T prohibits retaliation against individuals who report harassment or discrimination, or who participate in investigations into such conduct. Violations of any of these policies could lead to disciplinary action.
Political Engagement Policy
We comply with all applicable laws concerning political contributions. Lawful political contributions are an important part of the political process. For more information, see our Political Engagement Policy and our biannual Political Engagement Report.
Principles of Conduct for Suppliers
We believe it is important to understand more about the social, economic and environmental performance of our suppliers, and expect our suppliers to share our commitment to citizenship and sustainability. We outline our expectations in our Principles of Conduct for Suppliers, which cover topics including sustainable business practices, diversity, conflict minerals, ethics, and human and labor rights.
AT&T has a firm commitment to the privacy and security of our customers and users, as evidenced by our AT&T Privacy Policies. AT&T privacy policies associated with the company’s apps and loyalty programs are accessible directly from those apps and through other appropriate means, such as the website of the service. Also, customers can send questions or feedback on our privacy policies at any time, either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing us at AT&T Chief Privacy Office, 208 S. Akard St., Room 2901, Dallas, TX 75202. See more in our Privacy issue brief.
Stakeholder engagement — whether it occurs through dialogue, structured collaboration or other working relationship — is a means to help inform decisions, identify solutions and contribute to progress on specific social and environmental issues. We have a Stakeholder Engagement Policy to guide our engagement efforts. Through our engagement with stakeholders, we seek to continually improve our business operations and policies, helping to improve the long-term health of both AT&T and the communities in which we live and work.
AT&T’s historic commitment to doing business responsibly and living our values is foundational to how we act and who we are as a company and as individuals. Our Global Tax Policy reflects that commitment and is guided by our relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including our customers, employees and shareholders, as well as the communities and governmental authorities in the jurisdictions where we do business.