Giving back to communities is one of our core values, and has been since my father, Ralph Roberts, founded Comcast more than 50 years ago. When he passed away June 18, 2015, we lost one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs and philanthropists. My father was the heart and soul of our company, and I am inspired that what he stood for — integrity, family, hard work, and dedication — lives on through our great culture today.
We continually seek new and better ways to make the most positive impact possible through our employees, our products, our operations, and our giving. I’m pleased to share our progress in 2014 in this corporate social responsibility report.
I am often asked what fuels the amazing success of our company, and the answer is easy — our employees’ drive, passion, and entrepreneurial spirit. It’s evident in their thousands of submissions to The Idea, our new employee engagement program that invites people from all corners of Comcast NBCUniversal to propose bold ways of improving our products and practices.
Their generosity shines during our annual United Way giving campaign, which reflects our employees’ deep connection to the communities we serve. Combined with matching grants from the Comcast Foundation, we raised $9 million last year for United Way and the organizations it supports to help each of them continue their important work. Since 2001, our company has provided a total of more than $67 million in support to United Way.
Along with delivering rich information and entertainment experiences for customers, we apply our resources and reach to help more people realize the benefits of technology. Some of our most important work in 2014 focused on closing the digital divide by extending access to broadband Internet and computers, and providing technology skills training to millions of underserved families.
Through groundbreaking assistive technologies such as the "talking guide" for our XFINITY X1 Platform, we continue to make Comcast NBCUniversal products and services more accessible for people with disabilities. Sharing the power of technology means providing the freedom to independently explore and navigate thousands of shows and movies.
Our digital and broadcast platforms have the ability not only to inform, but also to truly inspire. I see this inspiration in our nationwide Growing Hope initiative created by MSNBC, which has empowered thousands of people to voice their ideas — and pool their actions — for positive change on issues ranging from hunger to healthcare, and from education to environmental conservation.
Maintaining the trust of our customers, partners, employees, and other stakeholders moves us to continually improve our performance, use our resources wisely, and grow our business responsibly. I want to thank all of our Comcast NBCUniversal employees for adding purpose and momentum to these efforts.
Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO