AT&T has again been recognized as a leader in diversity and inclusion in DiversityInc.’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity survey. It also ranked No. 1 for supplier diversity, No. 2 for LGBT employees, No. 3 for Latinos, No. 5 for Blacks, No. 6 for people with disabilities and No. 8 for recruitment and retention. The prestigious list highlights companies that are using diversity management to attract and retain a global and multicultural workforce. AT&T and its predecessor companies have been recognized every year since the survey’s inception in 2001.
“A diverse workforce and inclusive culture have long been key to making AT&T a stronger, more competitive company,” said Debbie Storey, senior vice president - talent development and chief diversity officer. “When our employees and suppliers reflect our increasingly diverse markets, we deliver a better experience to the customers and the communities we serve every day.”
A record 893 companies participated in this year’s study. AT&T ranked 13th overall among the 50 companies listed, and was also recognized as leader in the following areas:
- No. 8 in Top 10 Companies for Recruitment & Retention
- No. 1 in Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity
- No. 5 in Top 10 Companies for Blacks
- No. 3 in Top 10 Companies for Latinos
- No. 2 in Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees
- No. 6 in Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities
AT&T’s broad commitment to diversity includes:
- A workforce comprised of 38 percent women and 39 percent people of color.
- Eleven employee resource groups (ERG) that offer avenues for personal and professional development, mentoring and community involvement for tens of thousands of AT&T employees. AT&T ERGs work directly with the company to drive business success.
- A supplier diversity program that surpassed its aggressive goal of spending 21.5 percent of the company’s total procurement budget with diversity suppliers. In 2012 AT&T achieved a 23.96 percent supplier diversity milestone by spending $12.2 billion with women, minority, and disabled-veteran owned enterprises.
- Career growth and development opportunities that include the award-winning AT&T University’s Leading with Distinction program and an estimated 21 million hours of training to employees in 2012.
- Citizenship and sustainability efforts are helping reverse the nation’s alarming high school dropout rate through AT&T Aspire. AT&T is investing $350 million in Aspire, one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on helping a diverse population of students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
- A multicultural marketing approach that recognizes the diversity of AT&T’s customer base and includes close to 800 stores to a bilingual stores nationwide to better serve the Hispanic Consumer Market, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population.
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