AT&T Ranks Among the Top 50 Diversity Companies Once Again

Company is No. 1 in Supplier Diversity, No. 2 for LGBT and No. 3 for Latinos on DiversityInc's Annual List

Dallas, Texas, May 02, 2013

AT&T has again been recognized as a leader in diversity and inclusion in DiversityInc.’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity survey. It also ranked No. 1 for supplier diversity, No. 2 for LGBT employees, No. 3 for Latinos, No. 5 for Blacks, No. 6 for people with disabilities and No. 8 for recruitment and retention.   The prestigious list highlights companies that are using diversity management to attract and retain a global and multicultural workforce.  AT&T and its predecessor companies have been recognized every year since the survey’s inception in 2001.

“A diverse workforce and inclusive culture have long been key to making AT&T a stronger, more competitive company,” said Debbie Storey, senior vice president - talent development  and chief diversity officer. “When our employees and suppliers reflect our increasingly diverse markets, we deliver a better experience to the customers and the communities we serve every day.”

A record 893 companies participated in this year’s study.  AT&T ranked 13th overall among the 50 companies listed, and was also recognized as leader in the following areas:

  • No. 8 in Top 10 Companies for Recruitment & Retention
  • No. 1 in Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity
  • No. 5 in Top 10 Companies for Blacks
  • No. 3 in Top 10 Companies for Latinos
  • No. 2 in Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees
  • No. 6 in Top 10 Companies for People With Disabilities

AT&T’s broad commitment to diversity includes:

  • a workforce comprised of 38 percent women and 39 percent people of color. 
  • Eleven employee resource groups (ERG) that offer avenues for personal and professional development, mentoring and community involvement for tens of thousands of AT&T employees. AT&T ERGs work directly with the company to drive business success. 
  • a supplier diversity program that surpassed its aggressive goal of spending 21.5 percent of the company’s total procurement budget with diversity suppliers. In 2012 AT&T achieved a 23.96 percent supplier diversity milestone by spending $12.2 billion with women, minority, and disabled-veteran owned enterprises.
  • career growth and development opportunities  that include the award-winning AT&T University’s Leading with Distinction program and an estimated 21 million hours of training to employees in 2012.
  • citizenship and sustainability efforts are helping reverse the nation’s alarming high school dropout rate through AT&T Aspire.  AT&T is investing $350 million in Aspire, one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on helping a diverse population of students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. 
  • a multicultural marketing approach that recognizes the diversity of AT&T’s customer base and includes close to 800 stores to a bilingual stores nationwide to better serve the Hispanic Consumer Market, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population.

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