AT&T Inc. Named as One of the 2006 Top Companies for Minorities
Company Selected by the Diversity Network as a Steward of Diversity; Featured in Oct. 30 Issue of Fortune Magazine
San Antonio, Texas, October 25, 2006, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has been named as one of America’s “Top Companies for Minorities” by The Diversity Network, a diversity recruitment and consulting service that recognizes best-in-class companies committed to a culturally and ethnically diverse workforce. The Diversity Network will recognize AT&T among other “Stewards of Diversity” in the Oct. 30 issue of Fortune magazine.
AT&T was selected for this honor based on its achievements in three areas: diversity within its employee base; long-term commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion across business functions and management structure; and diversity initiatives benefiting customers, business partners and the community.
This honor comes on the heels of several other recent diversity achievements, including a Corporate Citizenship Award presented by the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and recognition by LATINA Style as one of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work For.
“There is a good reason why AT&T is consistently recognized as a top company for diversity and inclusion,” said Karen Jennings, AT&T’s senior executive vice president of human resources and communications. “AT&T has a long history and a deep commitment to creating a positive work environment filled with professional growth opportunities and tailored for people who come from a wide range of backgrounds. This commitment to diversity and inclusion is at the very core of our identity.”
Additional 2006 honors for AT&T in the area of diversity include:
* Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign (perfect 100 percent score for fair treatment of GLBT employees)
* Corporate Diversity Honor Roll, Latin Business magazine
* Top 50 Companies for Hispanics, Hispanic Business magazine
* Most Honors for Diversity, DiversityInc’s Top 10 Specialty Lists (included on six Top 10 specialty lists, the highest number of honors received by any U.S. company; also named to DiversityInc’s Top 25 Noteworthy Companies list)
* Honor Roll, Catalyst 2005 Census of Women Board Directors
* Corporate 100, HISPANIC magazine
AT&T’s 50-state workforce is 45 percent female and 35 percent people of color. Women make up 44 percent of the company’s managers, far above the average of most Fortune 500 companies. In 2005, AT&T spent $2.4 billion with diverse suppliers, representing 15 percent of its procurement base. In fostering diversity and inclusion, AT&T has created a better business environment, one that makes the company an employer of choice, a preferred business partner and an important contributor to the community.
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