AT&T Named Top Organization for Multicultural Business Opportunities

Dallas, Texas, January 25, 2012

Recognizing AT&T’s supplier diversity efforts, awarded the company the top spot in the “Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities,” for providing the most business opportunities to diverse business owners throughout the United States.

AT&T spent $9.2 billion with diverse suppliers in 2010 representing 18.8 percent of the company’s total spend. AT&T’s supplier diversity goal is 21.5 percent of its spend with diverse suppliers.

AT&T was chosen after 1.2 million diversity business owners participated in an online election to determine the top buyers of diversity products and services in the country.

“It is extremely important to us to work with minority, women, and disabled-veteran enterprises, so it is an honor to be recognized on this prestigious list,” said Marianne Strobel, executive director, AT&T Global Supplier Diversity. “Diverse businesses continue to provide AT&T with innovative products that enable us to deliver the best solutions for our customers.” is the largest organization of diversity-owned suppliers of goods and services to Fortune 1,000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities in the U.S. provides research and data collection services on diversity including the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities” and the "Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America.”

“In a marketplace that is increasingly as sensitive to diversity as it is to revenues, awarding the top buyers of multicultural products and services is becoming a natural part of the new socioeconomic food chain”, said Kenton Clarke, CEO of “Organizations that consistently buy the most products and services from diversity businesses, and that sustain the most mutually beneficial business relationships with their multicultural suppliers, should be recognized.”