As consumers, there are many ways for us to play a part in reducing our impact on the environment, be it via powering our homes through solar power or simply recycling our milk bottles. Businesses and governments are no different – and increasingly they’re recognising the responsibility they have to reduce their environmental impact.
As we continue to learn and understand how our actions as a community impact climate change, Australia’s business community is feeling the pressure to limit and contain carbon emissions, whilst managing the pressure to also achieve both reputational and commercial benefits. In fact, Accenture’s 2013 Global Survey of 1,000 CEOs, shows that 93 per cent regard sustainability as key to their company’s success.
At Telstra, tackling this issue has been on our agenda for a long time. Today, I’m thrilled to launch our latest environment report ‘Connecting with a low-carbon future’ to many of my peers at an American Chamber of Commerce lunch in Melbourne. The report itself builds on the findings from our 2007 Climate Risk report on the role of the ICT sector, as the solution to both contain cost and reduce carbon emissions.
Today, we are pleased to launch our first Transparency Report.
Telstra’s Transparency Report is the first of its kind in Australia. The aim of the report is to give our customers more information about our legal obligations as a telecommunications carrier.
We are bound by Australian privacy law which protects the personal information of our customers. We are also required, like all telecommunications companies that provide services in Australia, to assist Australian national security and law enforcement agencies. This assistance may involve disclosing customer information.
To mark over 10 years of partnership with Surf Life Saving Australia, Telstra has captured stories from the world’s largest volunteer movement of its kind for a mini documentary series. Bronte Surf Club member and volunteer for over 25 years, Graham Ford, has been selected for the series and here he shares his passion for Surf Life Saving.
My name is Graham Ford and I am proud to be a volunteer patrolling surf lifesaver from the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. I have been a Patrol Captain for 21 years and held various positions in the Surf Club as Club Captain, Trainer, Assessor, Junior Coordinator, Team Manager, President for 11 years and now the Club Patron.
We often hear about negative things that happen online: bullying, scams, those unspeakable trolls and so on. But the fact is this is not the norm.
I believe online safety is as much about creating a sense of belonging and reinforcing high standards of behaviour, as it is about eliminating negative behaviours.
In recent research by Telstra, 64 per cent of young adults said they had used the internet for positive purposes, and 80 per cent offered ideas for how a better internet could be created.
Earlier this month we marked Safer Internet Day by taking the opportunity to celebrate the positive things we can do to make the online world a better place.
From the Cocos Islands to Tasmania, my team is responsible for the construction and maintenance of Telstra’s fixed and wireless networks.
We’re the Telstra people you see working on roadside cabinets, laying optic fibre cables or putting up the base stations and antennas that are necessary to keep Telstra’s customers connected.
Recently my team built a new base station in Yamba, NSW. The new site was needed to not only improve mobile coverage in Yamba generally but also for the additional capacity that’s required during the peak summer holiday season.