DALLAS, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* announced today that it will be included in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America (DJSI), the second consecutive year the company received this honor. The index will be announced on September 19, 2011 at the opening of the equity markets. 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.
From reducing the amount of plastic used in its accessory packaging, to reducing the emissions of its more-than-71,500-vehicle corporate fleet, AT&T is committed to sustainable business practices across all areas of its business. The DJSI North America honor is testament to AT&T's progress on its 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 as part of a 10-year plan through 2018. As part of this commitment, the company recently deployed its 4,000th alternative-fuel vehicle and joined the Department of Energy's Clean Cities' National Clean Fleets Partnership encouraging large fleets to cut petroleum use by 2.5 billion gallons by 2020.
- Installing Bloom Energy Servers to power 11 AT&T sites in California, effectively reducing CO2 emissions for the power produced by approximately 50 percent compared to the grid and virtually eliminating some harmful smog forming particulate emissions.
- Investing $148 million in 2010 in philanthropic efforts through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation programs.
- Engaging in community volunteerism, where more than 300,000 AT&T employees and retirees contributed 9 million hours of time in their communities last year.
"We are honored to appear on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the second consecutive year," said Charlene Lake, senior vice president of public affairs and chief sustainability officer, AT&T. "The efforts embodied by the index are key business issues. At AT&T, sustainability means more than reducing our own environmental impact. It is about creating a valued connection to our communities through employee service initiatives supporting student education, environmental responsibility and consumer education. All of these bring shared value to our company and the communities in which we live and work."
For a full list of companies included on the DJSI North America, please visit http://www.sustainability-indexes.com/.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
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