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SaskTel releases 2015/16 Corporate Social Responsibility report

SaskTel releases 2015/16 Corporate Social Responsibility report

SaskTel today released its Corporate Social Responsibility report for the 2015/16 fiscal year. The report – aptly named “Breathing Life into Saskatchewan” – outlines a variety of community and sustainability initiatives that SaskTel supports across the province, with over $3.6 million being reinvested in Saskatchewan last year.

“SaskTel’s roots in Saskatchewan go beyond providing a service,” said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. “Our dedicated team of employees live, work, raise families and volunteer here.  We are committed to ensuring that our efforts can help the province to prosper and thrive for both present and future generations.”

SaskTel was pleased to support 1,041 non-profit and charitable organizations, community associations, venues, events, and partnerships last year. In total, SaskTel reached 229 communities in Saskatchewan last year through its community investment initiatives. The organizations that SaskTel supports spearhead activities related to at least one of the four pillars of support, including technology, diversity, youth and rural.

Highlighted in the report are two successful community outreach programs that SaskTel leads. The “I Am Stronger” program is SaskTel’s social cause, working to fight bullying in local communities and schools. It’s designed to influence the change needed to stop the activities of bullying and cyber-bullying in our local and online communities. In partnership with the Ministry of Education, the program awards grants of up to $1000 for youth-led initiatives that promote kindness. To date, 25 grants have been awarded totaling $23,735. The “Phones for a Fresh Start” program creatively protects the environment while supporting women in transition. Since 2009, the program has recycled 84,998 wireless devices, which has allowed SaskTel to provide 1.992 phones and $60,000 worth of prepaid phone cards to women in transition across Saskatchewan.

The report also touches on many other initiatives and priorities SaskTel has focused on in the 2015/16 fiscal year such as the SaskTel Pioneers program, which saw over 4200 members volunteer over 49,000 hours and contribute more than $165,000 in charitable donations; the TelCare program that facilitated $294,622 in employee and SaskTel matched funds being reinvestment in 67 different organizations; as well as an investment of $37,000 in educational scholarships across the province.

“Our success in being a good corporate citizen could not have happened without the effort of all SaskTel employees who work hard every day to deliver for our customers,” added Styles. “I’m so proud of our ability to balance business priority with sustainability, and look forward to continuing our investment in our province.”

To obtain a copy of the 2015/16 Corporate Social Responsibility report, please visit sasktel.com/csrreports.

To keep up to date with our community stories, please visit sasktel.com/about-us/community-stories.

About SaskTel

SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.4 million customer connections including 616,000 wireless accesses, 402,000 wireline network accesses, 267,000 Internet accesses and over 107,000 maxTV™ subscribers. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at sasktel.com.

For more information, please contact:

Emily McNair, SaskTel Manager of External Communications
Phone: (306) 777-4548
Email: emily.mcnair@sasktel.com