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SUPPLY CHAIN g e t t g s m a r t a b o u t o u r s u p p l y c h a A c o m p a n y s e c o n o m i c , s o c i a l a n d e n v i r o n m e n t a l i m p a c t e x t e n d s f a r b e y o n d i t s own operations. It begins with the materials from which a company’s products and services are sourced.

AT&T has a long history of embracing diversity and environmental awareness in our supply chain. Recently, we’ve taken some additional steps to be more proactive.

Engaged suppliers with Supplier Citizenship and Sustainability survey (2009 and 2010)

  • What did it ask? It included questions on energy efficiency, environmental protection, health and safety, labor rights, ethics, confidentiality and water usage. This information will help us to better understand and respond to the various types of sustainable business practices in our supply chain.

  • Results? We found that a growing number of our suppliers are tracking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which means they are aware of risks associated with GHG emissions. There is still work to be done in improving the energy efficiencies of suppliers’ operations and deliverable equipment. Suppliers need more guidance on setting performance goals in certain areas of sustainability.

Teamed up with the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Supply Chain Initiative

  • CDP is working with us this year to encourage our top suppliers to measure and disclose emissions information. This should enable us to understand risks and opportunities as well as increase the transparency and accountability in our supply chain. Since there is still no single commonly accepted global set of standards for carbon accounting, we continue to stay abreast of the progress being made by standards organizations.

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