We enable connectivity for millions of people and organizations across the country with our communications infrastructure—helping bridge the digital divide and propel economic, technological and social advancement in communities. That’s why Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts continue to be a key part of who we are—down to our business model.
With this extensive reach, we have a unique opportunity to make a real impact, like we’ve done by investing ~$10B in communications infrastructure for low-income areas.1 As we grow, we will add to our strong foundation and continue to operate conscientiously with our teammates, environment and communities in mind.
1 Based on total capital invested in Crown Castle assets that are located within, or provide service coverage (entirely or partially) to, US Census blocks with 2022 median household income at or below $49,999, which is a key input to qualify for an automatic zero “expected family contribution” calculation for federal student aid (dependent students).
Our inherently sustainable shared infrastructure model.
For over 25 years, our shared communications infrastructure model has enabled us to sustainably meet the growing need for connectivity with the use of fewer resources. Our inherently sustainable business model allows us to build once and then leverage the same assets to serve multiple customers at the same time—benefiting not only our customers, but also the environment and our communities.
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Working with an inherently sustainable approach.
We conduct our business with an eye toward limiting adverse impacts on the environment—striving to manage our infrastructure portfolio and every part of our organization more sustainably.LEARN MORE
of our 2022 electricity consumption was from renewable energy sources3
2 Crown Castle’s goal is to be carbon neutral in scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025.
3 Percentage calculated using approximately 114,000 MWh of renewable energy contracted for 2022 compared with reported 2022 annual consumption of approximately 168,000 MWh.
Upholding our social responsibility.
Our work naturally intersects with challenges like maintaining public safety and bridging the digital divide—so we look for ways to make a difference through our operations, employees and suppliers.
in diverse supplier spend in 2022, which is 10% of total addressable spend4,5
4 Diverse supplier spend is calculated as spend with diverse suppliers, divided by our total addressable spend. A diverse supplier is defined as a supplier that is greater than 50% owned and operated by one or more individuals who are either minorities, women, veterans, disabled or LGBTQ+ and are certified by a third-party certification agency.
5 The Hackett Group, 2021 Supplier Diversity Study.
Governing our organization.
We use a strong corporate governance framework that helps guide our business—while making a positive impact on employees, shareholders and communities.LEARN MORE
of current board is comprised of women and/or people of color6
Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) compared to US average TRIR7
6 As of May 2023.
7 The US average TRIR was obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average is for full year 2021 because 2022 data has not yet been released.
Our network solutions are designed for resiliency. See how we helped restore critical service for communities impacted by Hurricane Ian. Learn more.
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Although our carbon intensity is 80 times lower than the S&P 500 average, we set a goal two years ago to be carbon neutral in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025. Through energy reduction initiatives, such as LED tower lighting upgrades, and renewable energy, we’re more than half of the way to reaching our goal.
Focusing our ESG efforts.
To inform our sustainability approach, we refreshed our materiality assessment in 2023, evaluating 16 topics that represent the most material ESG issues for our company. This assessment helps us determine which topics to prioritize through our initiatives and ongoing efforts. A full description of the materiality assessment and key findings can be found in our 2023 Materiality Assessment.