We’re determined to reduce our environmental impact and to help our customers reduce theirs.
We want everyone to enjoy the benefits that new communication technologies can bring, regardless of age, income, ability or location.
Sustainability is our business
We all want to know that our employer does the right thing by everyone – employees, customers, the environment and the communities we work in.
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We have vibrant networks for people who are passionate about the environment. Our EcoChamps receive regular newsletters and participate in quarterly forums where they hear from experts on a variety of issues and initiatives. Employees interested in energy efficiency can get together in our Energy Matters Community of Practice, a great place to collaborate on ideas and opportunities for greener ICT.
There are lots of ways we can do our bit for sustainability. From volunteering and getting involved in community campaigns or workplace giving, to turning out the lights each night
TELSTRA FOUNDATION: 10 YEARS, 7,000 PROJECTS, $40 MILLION IN COMMUNITY SUPPORT
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Access for Everyone
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Telstra's Access for Everyone program works with the Salvation Army to keep those who are in need connected.
Volunteering on Telstra time
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Every Telstra employee gets a day of paid volunteer leave every year to spend with a community organisation of their choice
CASE STUDY: Collaborating on energy efficiency
Twenty-one Melbourne university students and seven Telstra employees participated in an Energy Efficient Networking course where they identified energy efficiency improvement opportunities across our network, facilities, cloud and applications technologies. Smarter thinking around energy efficiency is important in helping us meet future data demands while minimising our energy use and emissions.
CASE STUDY: Joining the Army for a day
The Regulatory Affairs team took advantage of Telstra’s paid volunteer leave, heading to the Salvation Army Centre in Surry Hills (NSW). They cooked and served around fifty lunches and helped clear the roof terrace for a community open-air party. Volunteer Ivan Cook said: “It was a rewarding day – fresh air and exercise for a good cause. At no cost to the employee in leave or leisure time, it's a win-win-win situation in which Telstra, the charity organisation and staff volunteers all benefit.”
Helping people stay connected
Many people don’t have the access to technology that most of us take for granted. We help people get connected and stay connected.
AROUND $230 MILLION EACH YEAR IN SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
CASE STUDY: Making friends through iModelling
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Autism SA has developed an app that assists children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to develop and improve social skills
CASE STUDY: Telstra people improve an urban park
As part of the first Melbourne Corporate Challenge run by Landcare Australia, our people rolled up their sleeves and put on their gum boots to plant trees, mulch and prune to make a huge difference to local urban park just kilometres from Melbourne's CBD. The Telstra team helped distribute 80 cubic meters of mulch (via many wheelbarrows!), pruned and cut 250 cubic meters of non-indigenous trees and enjoyed the company of two baby ringtail possums. Volunteer Nicky said: “It’s amazing the difference people can make when they get together and work towards a common goal. I loved being able to look back at the end of the day to see how much work got done and getting to know other Telstra people outside of a normal work setting.”
CASE STUDY: Gardening for a cause
“Meeting the regular volunteers was such an inspiration and a reminder of all the amazing people in the world who go about quietly getting things done for others in need”
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Data Scientist Investor for Telstra Ventures
- Job Number: 10046179-001
- Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
- Location: INTERNATIONAL: San Francisco
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CASE STUDY: Connecting Qantas pilots with iPads
We’re helping our customers reduce their environmental impacts through the use of new communications technologies. When Qantas joined the tablet PC revolution and decided to arm its pilots with iPads, they turned to Telstra to supply them. Instead of using bulky paper documents, Qantas pilots can now use iPads to access a wide range of information. This means that instead of 18,000 printed pages per day, Qantas now needs to print as little as 3,000 pages.
Making a difference through payroll giving
We make it easy for our people to donate to their favourite charity – through easy pre-tax donations from their pay. And Telstra matches every dollar that’s donated through Payroll Giving (up to $1,000 per year) to help the causes our employees care about even more.
MORE THAN 30,000 CALLS TO OUR DISABILITY EQUIPMENT HOTLINE EVERY YEAR
Every year, we get our people and customers involved in the community campaigns we support. For example, we partner with Mobile Muster to drive mobile phone recycling on World Environment day, and with the Cancer Council on their annual Pink Ribbon campaign.
Supporting digital literacy
Being tech savvy is important for a great online experience. We run training sessions and make learning DVDs available through public libraries across the country.
CASE STUDY: Getting into the pink spirit to fight breast cancer
Our people get behind the Cancer Council’s annual Pink Ribbon campaign in a variety of ways. All our stores sell pink ribbon merchandise and promote the campaign through special window displays. We raise awareness through our social media channels and via our giant billboard in Bourke St Mall (Melbourne). Our staff volunteer to sell merchandise in Telstra building foyers, and many bake up a storm for morning tea fundraisers. Others wear their best pink attire and donate to the Cancer Council via matched payroll giving.
Keeping people safe online
We run cyber safety seminars for parents, students and older Australians across the country and provide tips and tools to help keep them safe when they navigate the digital world.
MORE THAN 14 TONS OF MOBILES RECYCLED THROUGH MOBILE MUSTER EVERY YEAR
CASE STUDY: ‘Tech Savvy Seniors’
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The internet can seem overwhelming, so we’ve partnered with the NSW Government to helped seniors to become ‘Tech Savvy Seniors’
Grants for Telstra’s Kids
Our employees are at the heart of the Telstra Kids Fund, and they direct where the grant dollars are donated. Of the million dollars in Telstra Kids grants available each year, every cent is donated to community projects nominated by eligible Telstra employees. It’s an easy application process and can make a huge difference to local communities.
To find out more about the Telstra Kids Funds visit www.telstrakidsfund.com
CASE STUDY: Connecting teenagers with cerebral palsy
Cerebral Palsy Alliance is piloting an online community for young people with cerebral palsy in rural areas of NSW. They recognised that technology can provide a great opportunity to mentor teenagers in remote areas; connecting them to others and helping them achieve their full potential. A $10,000 Telstra Foundation Everyone Connected grant supports this program.
CASE STUDY: Slam dunk for kids’ basketball
Guy Di Paola, Manager Fixed Networks and Services, was thrilled to receive a $1,200 Telstra’s Kids Fund grant on behalf of The Marcellin Eagles Basketball Club. The project gave 120 kids access to professional training to enhance their skills and confidence, in both playing and coaching basketball. "Basketball encourages teamwork and an active lifestyle. We are a small family orientated club with limited funds, run by volunteers. This project enabled us to provide some professional training to enhance the children’s self-confidence.” Guy said.
CASE STUDY: ‘appy learning for kids
Wendy Lindsay from Wholesale Customer Operations in Queensland applied for a Telstra’s Kids Fund grant to help purchase iPads on behalf of Wamuran State School. “The kids are really enjoying using the new equipment and have shown an increased enthusiasm towards learning. It’s great to see them so keen!” she said. Special Education Program Teacher Petrina Abraham is thrilled that the iPad project has been so successful. “Not only has the project been a great learning experience for the students, it has also been valuable for the teachers who have had the opportunity to develop some best practice procedures.” she said.
BENEFITS WORTH $2 BILLION THROUGH 10 YEARS OF LOW INCOME PROGRAMS
CASE STUDY: Connecting young refugees to technology
SydWest Multicultural Services Inc. is using a $10,000 Telstra Foundation Everyone Connected grant to help young refugees connect safely to the internet. Most of the participants haven’t had much opportunity to develop their technology skills before coming to Australia, so the program will help them increase their ability and confidence to use the internet and smartphones safely.
CASE STUDY: Deafblind community gets connected
Telstra and Able Australia are working together to help the thousands of deafblind Australians better access technology, including tablets and smartphones. Often, people who are deafblind are isolated from others and frustrated because they have to rely on support workers. The partnership will help them get connected and use technology more confidently and safely.
CASE STUDY: Telstra helps cancer patients pay bills
The Cancer Council is just one of our 2,000 community partners that deliver our Access for Everyone Program for customers on a low income or in crisis. This means cancer patients receive bill assistance from Telstra to help reduce their financial burden during a difficult time. Many of us take access to communications for granted, but staying connected to friends and family is particularly important for people suffering severe illness.
$1M IN EVERYONE CONNECTED COMMUNITY GRANTS TO SUPPORT DIGITAL INCLUSION