One of the things I’m most proud of here at AT&T is how we infuse inclusion into our culture. We are constantly pushing ourselves and innovating to make the world and our workplace a more open and inclusive place.
I’m also glad to say that this didn’t just happen recently. We’ve been at it for decades, addressing accessibility across the workplace, our products and services, our supplier diversity program and even in the community.
So we are proud to have achieved a 100% score on the Disability Equality Index (DEI) for the 4th year in a row. We’ve scored 100 every year since the inception of the DEI, and beyond our incredible, award-winning Employee Resource Groups, there are several reasons why:
Workforce. AT&T is home to more than 3,900 self-identified people with disabilities. We have an employee resource group, Ability, that is nearly 30 years old with over 4,100 dedicated members who are either people with disabilities or allies.
Products & Services. Just last week DIRECTV announced an integration with Amazon Alexa for the accessibility market. This means that DIRECTV satellite customers with a Genie HR44 or higher, can seamlessly control their DIRECTV with their voice using Alexa. This may seem simple, but it makes life that much easier for people who may have a vision or mobility disability.
Elevated Innovation. We have an entire office dedicated to enabling innovation for accessibility, which is quite unique. AT&T’s Corporate Accessibility Technology Office (CATO) helps the business develop products and services accessible to people with disabilities.
Supplier Diversity. One of AT&T’s longstanding diversity initiatives is our supplier diversity program, and this year we are commemorating 50 years of supporting diverse businesses that provide us with products and services. Since 1968, AT&T has spent nearly $158 billion with certified minority, women and service disabled veteran businesses.
We’ve done a lot of great work, but our work is not done. We are always striving towards a workplace and a world with no boundaries. Learn more about our diversity and inclusion efforts here.