Maximizing positive impact

At Viasat, we’re brought together by a shared desire to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges. To bring connectivity where it’s needed most to unlock opportunity for everyone, everywhere. And to realize our capacity to make a difference in the world — responsibly, sustainably, and inclusively.

Children connecting for school and education using Viasat satellite internet

Since the earliest days at Viasat, our culture has been grounded in both doing the right thing and the belief that there is always a better way. 

Rick Baldridge, Viasat CEO

Viasat CEO Rick Baldridge with Executive Chairman and Founder Mark Dankberg

A message from our executive leadership

Since the earliest days at Viasat, our culture has been grounded in both doing the right thing and the belief that there is always a better way. We believe we can make the greatest impact when our environmental, social, and governance strategy is aligned with our business strategy. In some ways, Viasat's skills, resources, and growth ambitions make us uniquely qualified and capable of addressing very complex, but crucial, global environmental and social issues, such as driving understanding and awareness of the impact of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) utilization on the terrestrial environment; developing policies and regulations for sustainable and equitable use of space; and overcoming both the economic and geographic barriers that inhibit affordable access to broadband on a global basis. 

 

Our first ESG Impact Report summarizes our work on these unique opportunities for Viasat, as well as on four key areas that apply to all enterprises:

  •  Putting people first 
  •  Powering connections 
  • Protecting the planet 
  • Leading with integrity 

These focus areas position us to create long-term value and respond to the growing importance of ESG issues. Solving high-value challenges is in our DNA — and leaning into our strengths in these areas is more important than ever. As we look to the future, we will continue making a difference by delivering valuable communications and connectivity experiences to transform the world through the power of connection — sustainably, responsibly, and inclusively.

 

Mark Dankberg, Executive Chairman and Board Director

Rick Baldridge, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director

The senior leadership team at Viasat collaborating with CEO Rick Baldridge

CSR governance and oversight

ESG issues are managed by several departments throughout Viasat, with oversight provided by our board of directors and executive leadership team. While the board reviews and engages on ESG topics that impact business strategy, the Social Impact team manages Viasat's ESG efforts under the direction of our Chief People Officer.

Viasat employees collaborating to identify key ESG priorities

Identifying our ESG priorities

In order to identify Viasat's ESG priorities, we conducted an initial priority issues analysis in FY21. As part of this process, we analyzed insights from our key stakeholder groups — employees, customers, investors, policymakers, and industry peers. We then surveyed Viasat leadership to ensure our ESG priorities were appropriately aligned with current stakeholder expectations, market trends, and business risks and opportunities. The findings from this analysis helped us to narrow our strategic focus around the following priority issues, listed in alphabetical order:

  • Business continuity
  • Corporate governance
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Ethical conduct
  • Product security
  • Supply chain management
  • Talent management and engagement
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Aligning with The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collaborative, global effort to protect our planet, end poverty, and help people live in prosperity and peace. As Viasat leverages innovative telecommunications technology to connect consumers, communities, businesses, governments, and militaries around the world, we examined how our business activities and our ESG priorities align with the SDGs and identified five areas which our business has the greatest opportunity to impact: 

  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • Reduced inequalities
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FY21 awards and recognition

  • Top 10 Best Internet Service Provider of 2020 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Best Place to Work in 2020 by Glassdoor
  • Fast Company's 2020 World Changing Ideas list 
  • Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion and recognized on the 2020 Disability Equality Index  (DEI) by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • 2020 Visionary Spotlight Award winner by ChannelVision Magazine
  • James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award by the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA)
  • Top 30 Innovator in the 2020 U.S. Air Force AFWERX Joint All-Domain Command & Control Demonstration Event
  • 2020 Visionary Spotlight Award winner by ChannelVision Magazine

Explore our 2021 CSR report

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Putting people first

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Putting people first

See how we prioritize the health, safety, and support of our most valuable asset — our people

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Powering connections

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Powering connections

See the impact of connecting to world’s hardest to reach places

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Protecting the planet

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Protecting the planet

Learn how we’re working to minimize the environmental impact of our operations

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Leading with integrity

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Leading with integrity

See how we maintain the highest standards of business integrity and ethical conduct.