Healthy Habits of Companies that Make a Difference

Mar 28, 2014 10:05 AM ET

Healthy Habits of Companies that Make a Difference

By: Jason Leiker, Assistant Vice President, AT&T Community Engagement

Unleashing our human potential...that’s one of the things we strive to do every day at AT&T, whether it’s providing innovative products and services to our customers or helping our employees serve their communities.  I am continuously inspired by our approximately 243,000 employees, who every day are using their unique skills and passions to make a real, positive impact one person and one neighborhood at a time.

A recent report compiled by Civic 50, a national initiative to survey and rank S&P 500 corporations on how they engage with the communities they serve and institutionalize these practices in their corporate culture, unveiled a list of the 50 most community-minded corporations.  AT&T was honored to be ranked #1 in the communications category.   The report affirms that the companies who stand out from the pack are not just opening their checkbook; they’re investing in their employee base and utilizing their business expertise to get out of the office and on to the street to meet the needs of their local communities.

Civic 50 leaders have all sorts of best practices to keep community engagement front and center, such as:  including community engagement in employee performance reviews; integrating  community engagement activities into company policies; and actively providing opportunities for employees to serve their communities.