The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations, recently named AT&T as one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).
AT&T’s outstanding diversified supply chain has not gone unnoticed over the last 40 years – this is the 10th consecutive year that AT&T has received this honor from WBENC. AT&T has been included among the top corporations since the list’s inception for its efforts in breaking down barriers that impede women-owned businesses from gaining fair access to procurement opportunities.
“Supplier diversity is an integral part of the way AT&T does business. By providing contracting opportunities for women business enterprises, we’re empowering ourselves to win in today’s competitive global marketplace,” said Tim Harden, AT&T president of Supply Chain and Fleet Operations. “We are honored to receive this award from WBENC because it is a reflection of our ongoing world-class supplier diversity initiatives.”
AT&T has received numerous honors for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. For the last three years, AT&T has ranked No. 1 on DiversityBusiness.com’s list of the Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities, based on the quality of business opportunities that AT&T consistently grants to minority and women owned companies. In 2009, AT&T ranked second among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity for its commitment to diversity in the workplace and marketplace.
In addition, at CTIA’s national wireless conference and DiversityNxt program, the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Telecommunications Industry Group presented AT&T and one of its diverse suppliers with two important awards. Tim Harden accepted the DiversityNxt Corporation Award for leadership in including diverse suppliers in new, next-generation supply chain solutions. The DiversityNxt Solution Supplier Award was also presented to Genesis, an AT&T minority supplier that has excelled in providing technology supply chain solutions for AT&T’s broadband services.