AT&T

AT&T’s Believe Chicago Initiative Celebrates Hiring of 500th Employee and Shares Progress Updates

AT&T Believe Chicago, an AT&T employee initiative to improve lives and lift Chicago neighborhoods most affected by gun violence and high unemployment, is a program of hope, opportunity and investment in our communities.

Less than a year into the effort, the impact is making a difference: We recently hired the 500th employee from the Believe Chicago neighborhoods, have contributed more than $3 million to community organizations and will open our first new retail store in the area later this month.

“The progress is real and it’s making a difference for our employees, customers, neighbors and friends who live and work in Chicago,” said John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications. “We’re not only taking this great model and customizing it for other cities, we’re also re-energizing other facets of our community engagement and Diversity & Inclusion programming.”

For example, we’ve expanded our diversity supplier program with a commitment to spend $3 billion with black suppliers across the U.S. by 2020. The commitment is inspired by community-driven initiatives, such as Believe Chicago, to help push economic growth and innovation.

Since 1968, AT&T has spent over $158 billion with minority, woman, service-disabled veteran, and LGBT businesses. AT&T’s Supplier Diversity program recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and refreshed its approach to focus our efforts on making meaningful and measurable contributions to the economic growth of diverse companies and communities. See our 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report to learn more.

We continue to invest in the communities we serve while further diversifying our suppliers.

Our $3 billion commitment aligns with our expanded approach and allows us the opportunity to simply do more within the black community.

Believe Chicago is hosting the AUDIENCE Network’s premiere of the new documentary, “Beacons of Hope – Stories of Strength from Chicago” on Monday night at the Kennedy-King College Theater. The documentary, slated for national release in March, features five extraordinary people and their efforts to improve the quality of life in Chicago’s 19 neighborhoods most impacted by gun violence.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Latest News

Nielsen Global Connect Welcomes Jacqueline Woods as Chief Marketing Officer

Originally published by Nielsen Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) Global Connect today announced that veteran marketing leader Jacqueline Woods will join the company as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) beginning Dec. 1, 2019. In this role, Ms. Woods will lead all aspects of global marketing, supporting the company’s transformation into an independent, publicly…

KPMG and the Latino Corporate Directors Association Examine Latino Representation in the Boardrooms of U.S. Corporations.

Originally Published by KPMG Latino representation on Fortune 1000 boards KPMG and the Latino Corporate Directors Association examine Latino representation in the boardrooms of U.S. corporations. The importance of the Latino community to the U.S. economy cannot be overstated. Latinos comprise just over 18% of the US population1 and this percentage…

gun violence

Gun Violence Victims Face Increased Risk of Unemployment, PTSD, Substance Abuse: Study

A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that young people who had experienced gun violence had increased risks of post-traumatic stress disorder, unemployment and substance abuse. The study, published in the peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA Surgery, looked at 183 young adult patients with a median age…

employees discrimination stylists white Black hair natural hair discrimination complaints Sharon Dorram Sally Hershberger New York City Commission On Human Rights

Swanky Salon First Business Penalized Under New York’s Hair Discrimination Legal Guidelines

A swanky salon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has been penalized under the city’s hair discrimination legal guidelines, New York City’s Human Rights Commission announced last week. Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger salon is the first business in New York City to face the consequences of discriminating against Black…