No. 1 | AT&T
- AT&T’s Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson continues to be a stalwart advocate for inclusion and diversity management in corporate America. Stephenson chairs the executive diversity council and is very active in the company’s mentoring and sponsorship programs, as well as its Employee Resource Groups.
- AT&T has a robust, agile high potential selection process. It utilizes an unbiased approach to ensure consistent identification of a diverse pool of future leaders. Managers have the ability to connect or recommend high potentials through the company’s Talent Connections Mobile app.
- AT&T moved up three spots on the Top Companies for Supplier Diversity list from a year ago. The company spent more than 20 percent of its total procurement with tier-I diverse suppliers.
FROM THE COMPANY
As AT&T has transformed into a modern media company with the acquisition of Time Warner (now WarnerMedia), its diversity & inclusion efforts have also become more multidimensional.
AT&T continued to increase the diversity of people and ideas in its workforce in 2018, welcoming new hires who were 43 percent women and 62 percent people of color. The company also fostered an inclusive workplace by encouraging employees to step outside their comfort zones and dialogue with co-workers about race, sexuality, religion and other differences to increase their understanding of their colleagues and appreciate their perspectives and experiences.
Through the company’s philanthropy and employees’ volunteer efforts, AT&T continued its legacy of enriching and strengthening the diverse communities it serves. With its Believe initiatives, AT&T is using a multi-pronged, grassroots approach to address issues like gun violence, unemployment, and homelessness in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and other U.S. cities.
AT&T also works to close racial and gender gaps in technology and entertainment by supporting programs for underrepresented populations that provide the skills and experience needed to succeed in these careers.
WarnerMedia announced a first-in-its-industry Diversity & Inclusion Policy in 2018, committing to increase diversity in front of and behind the camera. WarnerMedia companies demonstrated this by informing and entertaining audiences with high-quality, diverse content – bringing them stories with purpose and impact and voices that need to be heard.
AT&T Supplier Diversity celebrated its 50th anniversary, spending over $173 billion with diverse suppliers since 1968. For 2018, the company spent $15.1 billion with diverse suppliers, nearly 27% of its total corporate purchasing. Those businesses, in turn, paid it forward.
AT&T’s Prime Supplier program, which helps primary suppliers increase their use of diverse businesses, yielded over $2.4 billion in secondary diversity spend. See AT&T’s Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report to view the company’s diversity & inclusion efforts worldwide.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
“A diverse workforce and inclusive culture are essential to AT&T’s mission of inspiring human progress through the power of communication and entertainment. All of us at AT&T are deeply honored by this recognition from DiversityInc.”
SVP and Chief Diversity Officer
“As AT&T transforms, our diversity and inclusion efforts are impacting more people in new ways. From helping cities address serious social problems to promoting greater diversity and inclusion in television and film. We’re proud of our history with DiversityInc and share its mission to show the business benefits of diversity.”
U.S. Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
Global Employees: 264,656
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking • No. 3
OTHER DIVERSITYINC LISTS
- No. 1 Mentoring
- No. 1 Sponsorship
- No. 1 Talent Acquisition
- No. 2 Employee Resource Groups
- No. 2 Executive Diversity Council
- No. 3 Supplier Diversity
- No. 7 People With Disabilities
- No. 7 Veterans
- No. 13 Executive Women
- LGBT Employees