Even in these days of digital selfies flying halfway around the world in a mere fraction of a second, I still sometimes love taking out my old photo albums and reflecting on just how fast my children have grown up. There’s another “album” of accomplishments I enjoy reviewing, too: Our AT&T Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report. Each year, we publish a record of our achievements and milestones. Needless to say, 2016 was a big year!
AT&T ranked No. 4 on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity—up from No. 7 last year. And for the first time, we were named a FORTUNE Best Workplaces for diversity.
We continue to set a high bar for all our diversity and inclusion efforts, and I’m pleased to say we continue to exceed them. The numbers speak for themselves.
- People of color made up 43% of our nearly 270,000 worldwide employees.
- Women made up 32% of our nearly 270,000 worldwide employees.
- We have more than 138,000 members in our employee groups.
- Our student-focused program, AT&T Aspire, continues to deliver on our $400 million commitment to drive innovation in education.
- We exceeded our procurement goal with 21.5% of our procurement budget spent with diverse suppliers.
You can find the 2016 AT&T Diversity & Inclusion Annual Repot here. I encourage you to take a look. You’ll quickly see why AT&T is a special place to work.
Great things are ahead for us this year too. We’ve already been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For® – due in no small part to our commitment to a rounded workforce.
We continue to ensure a working environment where every voice matters. We’ll raise the bar even higher on our commitment to our communities, and we will continue to lead the way in supplier diversity.
Our efforts aren’t to check another box. It’s proven that diverse workforces are more successful. We’re looking to be the best we can be for you. We’re proud of our efforts and hope you will be too.
Cynt Marshall, Retired, SVP-HR and Chief Diversity Officer