A Message from Brian L. Roberts & Dalila Wilson-Scott
June 1, 2023
Supporting our local communities has been core to Comcast’s DNA since our founding. Over our nearly 60 years, that commitment has not only grown but evolved to support society’s most pressing needs. In 2022, our wonderful teammates around the world – together with many incredible partners – worked purposefully and tirelessly to advance digital equity, champion diversity and inclusion, and foster a cleaner environment.
We entered 2023 with great momentum and energized to continue our mission. We have now fully allocated our multi-year $100 million pledge to social justice and equality, and will continue this important initiative through Project UP, our $1 billion plan to connect people to the Internet, invest in access to digital skills, and strengthen pathways to economic mobility.
Last year, we surpassed our goal of opening over 1,250 Lift Zones, which provide free WiFi in neighborhood centers, scaled a nationwide digital navigator network to get more Americans online, and fulfilled our promise to support 13,000 underrepresented small businesses hard hit by the pandemic. And with the founding of Sky Up in the UK, our connectivity and skills programs are now helping more people secure jobs and climb the economic ladder globally.
We once again saw improvement in diversity within our workforce. Through inclusive recruitment and partnerships, we are attracting diverse talent and providing opportunities for development and growth. To build a pipeline from classrooms to newsrooms and the media industry, NBCU Academy, which trains the next generation of diverse content creators, has reached 45 academic partners around the country.
We also made measurable progress toward our carbon neutral goal – reducing our emissions 38% since 2019 – and took a critical step by joining the Science Based Targets initiative on climate action. Our ongoing investment in clean energy and energy efficiency will remain a primary focus of our decarbonization strategy in the years ahead.
Finally, we introduced Team UP, our expanded employee volunteer program – built upon a successful 20 years of service through Comcast Cares – that reminds us we are more effective when we join forces.
It is with great pride that we reflect on our shared accomplishments while remaining mindful that there is still work to do. Our collective impact would not be possible without our extraordinary employees and partners. They inspire us with their dedication to creating a future of unlimited possibilities.
Brian L. Roberts
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation
President, Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation