AT&T Named One of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises
Dallas, Texas, February 24, 2012
Honoring the company’s ongoing practice of increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses, AT&T was named to the 2011 list of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) for the 13th straight year by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
As the largest organization dedicated to advancing women-owned businesses, WBENC began issuing the list in 1999 to recognize and promote companies that develop innovative best practices that result in productive business partnerships with WBEs. AT&T is one of only three companies to appear on the list each year since its inception.
“Women-owned businesses provide exceptional value and are key to helping deliver the products and services that AT&T customers have come to expect,” said Marianne Stroebel, executive director, AT&T Global Supplier Diversity. “We are honored to be named to this prestigious list for the 13th straight year and we look forward to continue working with women-owned businesses.”
AT&T initiatives to reach WBEs include the AT&T Women Entrepreneurial Forum, which brings more than 30 women business leaders together to collaborate and identify future business requirements and emerging communication needs and trends. In addition, AT&T holds quarterly “Meet the Primes” Matchmaker events where WBEs are matched with other corporations in one-on-one meetings to find business opportunities.
AT&T has been working to expand its work with women-owned businesses since 1968, when it started the Global Supplier Initiative. In the last year, AT&T spent over $2.5 billion with WBE, representing 6 percent of the company’s total spend. AT&T has set an aggressive goal of purchasing 21.5 percent of its total spend from diversity suppliers, which include woman, minority, and disabled veteran-owned businesses.