- AT&T remains in the top three for the second year with diverse representation at every organizational level, from frontline customer-facing employees all the way up to senior officers – particularly for women and people of color.
- Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson is a thoughtful and visible diversity leader.
- In 2016, with 1,700 people in the room, Randall made a speech title "Tolerance for Cowards" that went viral in the diversity world. With humility and honesty, he spoke about racial tensions and exemplified the type of leadership commitment needed in these tense times.
- Randall chairs the executive diversity council and all his direct reports participate in formal mentoring and sponsorship.
- AT&T had 30 percent more people in levels 2 and 3 participate in formal mentoring than the Top 10. Almost one year ago, Corey Anthony, took over as the Chief Diversity Officer.
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- 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.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
"A diverse workforce and inclusive culture are essential to AT&T. They allow us to attract and retain the best and the brightest to develop the most innovative products and solutions to meet our customers' needs."
SVP and Chief Diversity Officer
"At AT&T, diversity and equality go hand in hand. Our culture is our strength because it enables anyone to achieve their fullest potential. It's something our employees take a great deal of pride in – which is why we appreciate DiversityInc's recognizing our commitment and leadership again this year."
U.S. Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
Global Employees: 235,126
Last Year's DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 3
OTHER DIVERSITYINC LISTS
- No. 2 Employee Resource Groups
- No. 2 Recruitment
- No. 5 Mentoring
- No. 5 Veterans
- No. 6 Supplier Diversity
- No. 9 Diversity Councils
- LGBT Employees