Representation matters. At AT&T, we believe that our supply chain should be as diverse as our employees and the customers we serve. We constantly seek new and innovative ways to deliver more value to our customers while strengthening communities where we do business.
That’s why, more than 50 years ago, we began seeking out and working with diverse suppliers. What started as a strategic business decision, AT&T’s Supplier Diversity program has evolved into an important component of our corporate identity.
In fact, studies show that supplier diversity can provide an important competitive advantage for businesses yielding more external relationships and improving risk mitigation.1
With $214 billion spent on services provided by minority-, woman-, veteran-, LGBTQ+- and disability-owned business enterprises since 1968, AT&T has sought to make meaningful and measurable contributions to the economic growth of communities across the country – all while increasing quality, limiting cost and encouraging innovation.
Our team works together to implement AT&T’s goal of making meaningful and measurable contributions to the economic growth of diverse companies and communities. What’s more, our agenda goes beyond the traditional spend goals and measurements, and now include factors such as how programs contribute to economic growth and job creation.
Yvette Mouton, AT&T’s supplier diversity manager in New Jersey and past president of the NJBPU Supplier Diversity Development Council, offered these tips for diverse suppliers:
For us, supplier diversity is not about compliance. It is a significant contributor to our success here in New Jersey and around the world.
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