AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has spent $15.5 billion in 2013 (28% of its total spend) with certified diverse suppliers, which is the highest percentage the company achieved through the 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,” stated AT&T Supply Chain president Tim Harden. “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.”
The AT&T Global Supplier Diversity program gives certified diverse businesses across the globe with an opportunity to provide the company with products and services. AT&T’s Supplier Diversity program promotes participation and helps bring more minorities, women, and service-disabled veteran owned businesses to its supply chain.