DALLAS, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T supplier diversity efforts have been recognized with a No. 2 spot in DiversityBusiness.com's "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities," which ranks the top buyers of diversity products and services in the United States.
In 2010, AT&T spent $9.2 billion with diverse suppliers, which represents 18.8 percent of the company's total procurement spend. AT&T is working toward a goal of spending 21.5 percent of its procurement with diverse suppliers.
"We are honored by DiversityBusiness.com's recognition of our efforts to include minority, women and disabled-veteran owned enterprises in our supply chain," said Marianne Strobel, executive director, Supplier Diversity, AT&T. "In 2010 we endeavored to increase our spend levels with diverse suppliers even at a time of budget reductions. In fact, we were able to increase our diverse spend by 34 percent."
DiversityBusiness is the largest organization of diversity-owned suppliers of goods and services to Fortune 1,000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities in the U.S. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services on diversity including the "Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities" and the "Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America."
"The diversity practices of the Div50 have changed the course of economic inclusion and thereby the world as we know it," said Kenton Clarke, CEO of DiversityBusiness.com. "The great diversity and vision of our country and our people have made this possible."
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