DALLAS, 2014 — AT&T spent $15.5 billion in 2013, or 28 percent of its total spend, with certified diverse suppliers – the highest percentage the company has ever achieved through its supplier diversity program. In 2012, AT&T spent $12.8 billion with diverse suppliers.
“Supplier diversity is key to our overall success, and we take pride in being a leader in this area,” said Tim Harden, AT&T Supply Chain president. “Diverse suppliers are an integral part of our supply chain, as evidenced by achieving our largest-ever diversity spend in 2013. They bring valuable perspective to the table, and that benefits everyone – our customers, the community and our company.”
AT&T’s Global Supplier Diversity organization gives certified diverse businesses worldwide an opportunity to provide the company with products and services. AT&T Supplier Diversity promotes participation and helps bring more minority, women and service-disabled veteran owned businesses to its supply chain.
AT&T continues to look for diverse suppliers in key strategic areas like mobile Internet, wireless, U-verse and cloud services. AT&T is now innovating at a faster pace to continue delivering superior service. That means working with suppliers who can take AT&T to the next level.
AT&T has a number of programs in place to identify and develop certified diverse suppliers. One of them is Operation Hand Salute, a national education and mentoring program for service-disabled veteran business owners. The initiative provides advanced training and mentoring for up to 15 qualified business owners – with the goal of improving their business operations and their ability to win corporate contracts.