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.