AT&T has announced its 2020 Supplier Diversity Program, which aims to prioritize companies with diversity as a core value. Together, AT&T and diverse suppliers will push innovation within the communities they serve.
New details show the company plans to further economic growth of diverse suppliers through AT&T Believes and other company-wide philanthropic and social innovation.
AT&T established its Supplier Diversity Program in 1968. Fast forward 50 years, AT&T has since spent more than $173 billion with minority-owned, woman-owned, service-disabled veteran, and LGBTQ businesses, growing the program to almost 700 suppliers in telecommunications, mobile telephone services, fixed telephone services, media, and entertainment.
Key issues for AT&T and its 400 million subscribers include broadband coverage, mobile access in rural and urban communities, and digital connectivity for innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
AT&T has long been recognized by historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with engineering schools as a top industry supporter in an annual list published by Career Communications Group’s magazine US Black Engineer (USBE).
At USBE magazine’s 1993 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), James Mitchell, former head of the analytical chemistry research department at AT&T Bell Laboratories, was honored as Black Engineer of the Year at the STEM Conference.
BEYA category winners from AT&T include: