Building on its successful workforce diversity and inclusion initiatives in 2017, AT&T ERGs and Employee Networks had a banner year, with 133,000 total memberships and 388,337 volunteer hours. AT&T ERG members made a difference in education and development, distributing nearly $860,000 in scholarships.
The 2017 AT&T National ERG Conference drew a record 2,000 attendees, with 2,100 more joining via webcast. A year into implementing Conversations of Understanding – a program that encourages discussing personal stories in ways not normally experienced in a work environment – AT&T ERG members took to heart a message from the chief diversity officer about moving outside echo chambers to gain a better understanding of different viewpoints.
AT&T continued to support its diverse communities with organizations like Peace Through Business, a training program that provides business education to women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. The company also had a positive impact at the local and state level, through support of organizations such as the Friends of the Children’s Federal Social Innovation Fund – which serves under-resourced youth in Chicago.
AT&T collaborated with LaunchAbility, a job placement agency for adults with cognitive disabilities, on an internship program for adults with autism. The three-month program placed four interns at the company’s global headquarters in Dallas.
Building on its commitment to its diverse customer base, in 2017 AT&T collaborated with the Association of National Advertisers Alliance for Family Entertainment’s #SeeHer campaign to achieve measurable improvement in how girls and women are portrayed in the media
AT&T continues to lead the way with diverse suppliers. This year, the company commemorates the 50th anniversary of its supplier diversity program. Since 1968, AT&T has spent approximately $158 billion with minority, women and service disabled veteran businesses. The AT&T 2017 supplier diversity spend was $14.4 billion, which represented 25.2% of its total procurement spend.