Since our company’s founding in 1963, we have been firm believers that it is our responsibility to give back to the communities where our employees and customers live and work.
The pressing issues our society faces, however, cannot be solved by the private sector alone. Solutions require concerted, cohesive efforts — powerful, engaged stakeholders across the board — working together at their best.
This belief is at the heart of our community impact initiatives and our company’s values agenda. It is what drives us to focus on issues like digital inclusion, civic engagement, education, leadership development, and diversity and inclusion.
Our commitment to a broad array of community impact initiatives is also driven by an increased need for the business community to step up and perform important, supportive roles that used to be filled primarily by government.
The pressing issues our society faces, however, cannot be solved by the private sector alone. Solutions require concerted, cohesive efforts — powerful, engaged stakeholders across the board — working together at their best. There is a critical need for the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to join together to supplement existing safety nets, and construct new ones, for the most vulnerable populations in our communities.
One of the most powerful ways we can all tackle society’s biggest challenges is through national service, which is why Comcast NBCUniversal is so committed to multiple service organizations and movements. We helped to found Employers of National Service at the Corporation for National and Community Service. We also invest deeply in national service organizations such as City Year, whose 3,000 AmeriCorps volunteers last year served nearly 200,000 students in some of the most challenged public schools in the country.
We continue to focus on additional priority initiatives as well. Our flagship Internet Essentials program has now helped more than 4 million individuals access low-cost internet service at home. This year, partnering with hundreds of local nonprofit organizations, we surpassed our millionth volunteer since the launch of Comcast Cares Day in 2001.
Our company must remain engaged. To accomplish these ambitious objectives, we have established dedicated social impact teams at both Comcast and NBCUniversal, with Senior Vice President Dalila Wilson-Scott continuing to lead the Comcast Foundation and to drive our community impact initiatives at Comcast Corporation and Comcast Cable, and Senior Vice President Hilary Smith now leading our corporate social responsibility program at NBCUniversal.
I look forward to the work we will do in 2018 and beyond to help serve the communities that we, our employees, and our customers call home.
David L. Cohen
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation