Businesses have a great impact on society, and as a leading media and technology company, we recognize our unique ability to help solve some of the most challenging social issues of our time.
At Comcast NBCUniversal, we are committed to using our platforms, media channels and strategic expertise across our varied businesses to create opportunities for individuals and communities to succeed, including by creating more access to technology and fostering innovation in diverse communities.
Our latest Corporate Social Responsibility report, published today, shares our progress in 2016 in using our talent, technology and reach to create a positive, long-term impact in our communities. The report points to our more than 50-year commitment to truly making a difference, as well as our ongoing efforts to find new ways to address evolving community needs.
Our unparalleled storytelling and media platforms, combined with our technology and connectivity to communities allow us to bring our customers, audiences, consumers and employees closer to moments that change people’s lives for the better – like those created by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, among the first to drive national attention to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., a community where Comcast has deep roots and has been a steady presence in the ongoing response effort. 2016 was marked by many moments where our brands came together to effect positive change. A few of our significant 2016 milestones include:
Our largest expansion in the history of the Internet Essentials program though a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ConnectHome initiative. Internet Essentials has helped connect 3 million individuals to the internet at home since 2011.
Our commitment to bringing creative accessibility solutions to our customers meant enabling two blind teens to experience television independently for the first time.
Our reach made it possible to tell the stories of families of wounded veterans through Hidden Heroes, a partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and NBC News.
Our culture of philanthropy and service as exemplified through our 15th annual Comcast Cares Day led to about 650,000 volunteer hours, while our United Way Employee Giving Campaign generated nearly $11 million for communities.
I know all of us in the Comcast NBCUniversal family take great pride in the role we play in helping improve our communities, which includes investing more than $500 million in cash and in-kind contributions to more than 1,200 nonprofits across the country. Creating a better world is what we strive to do each and every day. It’s also what our employees expect, and one of the reasons we are humbled to be named last month to LinkedIn’s Top Ten Companies of 2017.
Please download the Executive Summary to learn more about our efforts.