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Telstra leads pack on community donations

January 2008

Telstra, the Australian telecoms company, gave A$18.8million ($16.5m, £8.4m) in 2006-07 to enable Australians to live and work in their local communities, making it one of the country’s leading corporate donors.

Chief executive Sol Trujillo, releasing the company’s annual CSR report, which was assessed by the London Benchmarking Group, said: ‘The analysis found Telstra was ahead of the pack. We believe what is good for Australia is good for Telstra, and we are proud to help to improve the quality of life for all Australians with our community investment.

‘At Telstra our commitment to corporate responsibility begins with a simple and straightforward commitment to principled decision-making in all that we do. We have a large footprint across the nation and it makes good business sense to give back to the communities in which we operate.’

Through its foundation Telstra committed A$4.3m to more than 850 projects so that young Australians could reach their potential. It managed the service requirements of 608 customers affected by natural disasters in 2005-06, and it saved the equivalent of nearly 39,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions through new energy efficiency projects – this was comparable to taking 8,000 cars off the roads in a year.

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