Verizon is committed to putting our customers first by providing excellent service and great communications experiences. We’re also a responsible corporate citizen, using our broadband and wireless networks to help make lives better. Our hard work and dedication are paying off – in the most recent rankings of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” by Fortune magazine, Verizon was named #1 in the global telecommunications sector, according to our peers. Our goal is to tap the potential of our employees and our networks to address social issues that are critical to the well-being of the communities we serve.
Verizon’s intelligent broadband networks are powerful engines of growth and innovation that will continue to have a positive impact on many of the issues facing our society. As broadband becomes deeply embedded in the lives of our customers, more Americans will have access to quality education and efficient healthcare. For people with disabilities and physical challenges, broadband enables increased accessibility – for example, our wireless service for the visually impaired converts text into speech. In 2009, BusinessWeek ranked Verizon 30th on its list of Most Innovative Companies, citing the high quality of our wireless network, the rollout of our FiOS fiber-optic service and the upcoming launch of our 4G wireless network.
Verizon is committed to offering our employees an environment where they can gain new skills and work in an exciting growth industry. We provide progressive health and benefit packages and encourage a balance between work and family life. As a result, Verizon is frequently recognized as a great place to work. Working Mother magazine named Verizon one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” nine years in a row, as well as one of the “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” for the fourth straight year. We’ve been listed on DiversityInc’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” for nine consecutive years, and made Latina Style magazine’s Top 12 in its annual list of the best U.S. companies for Latina employees seven years in a row. In addition, BusinessWeek magazine named Verizon to its list of “Best Places to Launch a Career” for the last four years.
Partnering with Communities
Our philanthropic organization, The Verizon Foundation, is committed to fueling positive social change in issues that impact our employees, customers and communities. The Foundation’s educational Web site, Thinkfinity.org, provides teachers, parents and students with the best educational resources – at no charge – to enhance teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Our HopeLine program focuses on the prevention of domestic violence by enabling consumers and businesses to donate their cell phones, batteries and accessories, with proceeds going to nearly 350 organizations combating domestic violence. Finally, our employees are deeply dedicated to volunteerism and generously share their talents. Last year they donated over 700,000 hours to local community-based groups across the country and around the world.
Protecting the Environment
Verizon is committed to reducing our impact on the environment by conserving energy, recycling and developing greener products. We’re also working to meet the environmental challenges of other industries by helping them develop smart energy grids and smart transportation solutions, and we’re enabling our customers to reduce their energy consumption by using innovative broadband applications. As a result, we’re the only U.S. telecommunications company included on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, which lists North America’s leading companies as measured by governance, social and environmental performance. Verizon’s 1.4 million-square-foot operations center in Basking Ridge, N.J., earned the U.S. EPA’s prestigious Energy Star rating for placing among the top 25% of the most energy-efficient facilities in the U.S. Forty-six Verizon facilities have earned Energy Star ratings so far. Last year Verizon placed in the top third on CRO magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens” and was awarded a “Green Choice Award” for recycling and conservation initiatives by Natural Health magazine.
To learn more about Verizon’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit us online at verizon.com/responsibility.