Hispanic Business Lists AT&T Among Top Three Companies for Diversity for Fifth Time

Dallas, Texas, August 31, 2012

Hispanic Business Inc. has listed AT&T* among the top three in its 2012 list of the best companies for diversity.  With a No. 3 ranking, this marks the fifth year AT&T earns a top-three spot.

Each year, Hispanic Business ranks the effectiveness of U.S. companies’ efforts in diversity recruitment, retention and promotion, marketing and commercial outreach, supplier diversity, and in attracting Hispanics to the boardroom.

In this year’s announcement, Hispanic Business recognized AT&T’s exemplary diversity record, particularly in marketing, community outreach and supplier diversity.

“We appreciate Hispanic Business’ continued recognition of our efforts to embed diversity and inclusion into everything we do,” said Debbie Storey, AT&T’s senior vice president for Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer.  “As a company that delivers game-changing innovation to an increasingly mobile and diverse global population, we’ll maintain our leadership position by continually anticipating and addressing the diverse needs of our customers, employees, suppliers, and communities.”

At AT&T, people of color represent 39 percent of the workforce.  Latinos represent 12 percent of the total workforce and comprise 16 percent of all new hires.

AT&T sponsors 11 employee resource groups reflecting the company’s diverse workforce. The Hispanic/Latino Employee Association of AT&T (HACEMOS), with Carmen Nava, senior vice president of Customer Information Services, as one of its executive champions, is one of the most active internally and in the community.  The group is heavily focused on helping Hispanic youth stay in school and pursue careers in technology.  For 14 consecutive years, HACEMOS has held High Technology Day, giving thousands of high school students nationwide a view of career possibilities in technology fields.

AT&T set one of corporate America’s most aggressive supplier diversity goals—to reach 21.5 percent of total spend with certified diverse businesses by 2012. In 2011, AT&T spent $12 billion with diverse suppliers, surpassing its corporate goal a year ahead of schedule by hitting 23 percent.

On the community side, earlier this year AT&T announced an additional investment in education through its AT&T Aspire initiative.  Aspire is AT&T’s $350 million commitment to education, with a focus on helping more students graduate from high school ready for careers and college, and to ensure the country is better prepared to meet global competition.  Hispanic high school students represent a significant focus for AT&T Aspire funding.

AT&T diversity and inclusion practices have been recognized by numerous organizations and publications including the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), which gave AT&T its highest score on the 2011 Corporate Inclusion Index; DiversityInc, which ranked AT&T No. 5 on the Top 10 Companies for Latinos list in 2011; the National Minority Supplier Development Council, which named AT&T 2010 Corporation of the year; and the National Association for Female Executives, which recognized AT&T as a Top 50 company for female executives in 2012.

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