AT&T Tops Prestigious List Of Companies That Invest In Recruiting, Developing And Retaining Hispanic Talent

AT&T Tops Prestigious List Of Companies That Invest In Recruiting, Developing
                        And Retaining Hispanic Talent

With a 95 rating - the highest obtained by any other participating company—
leading Hispanic advocacy group HACR recognizes AT&T's inclusion of Hispanics

PR Newswire

DALLAS, April 18, 2013

DALLAS, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With nearly 50 million Hispanic
consumers in the U.S., Fortune 100 companies are continually doing more to
reflect the diverse communities they serve. Among those leading the way is
AT&T, as recently recognized by the Hispanic Association on Corporate
Responsibility (HACR) in its 2012 Corporate Inclusion Index (CII) survey.

AT&T topped the list of 55 participating Fortune 100 companies and HACR
corporate members with a 95 rating – the highest received in 2011 and 2012.
This is the second year in a row that AT&T obtains a stellar rating in the
areas of workforce, procurement, philanthropy and governance. In last year's
HACR CII report, AT&T was one of two companies to obtain a 95 rating score –
receiving the highest rating for all telecommunication firms.

"We pride ourselves on being an innovation leader that hires, retains and
develops talented individuals that reflect our diverse customer base. We have
a personal and business responsibility to serve our diverse customers in their
preferred language and invest in the communities where they live and work,"
said Debbie Storey, AT&T senior vice president of Talent Development and chief
diversity officer. "This recognition by HACR acknowledges our commitment, and
we couldn't be prouder."

The HACR CII, a component of HACR's Corporate Accountability Strategy, takes a
comprehensive measurement of Hispanic inclusion at Fortune 100 companies and
HACR corporate member companies by focusing on HACR's four pillars of
corporate social responsibility and market reciprocity: Employment,
Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.

"On behalf of HACR's Board of Directors, congratulations to AT&T for their
commitment to Hispanic inclusion, which is reflected in their 95 rating," HACR
President & CEO Carlos F. Orta said.

Key findings from the 2012 HACR CII include:

  oThe average Hispanic hiring rate remained steady from 2011 to 2012 at 11
  oThe average attrition rate for Hispanics was 13 percent
  oFifteen percent of survey participants reported less than one percent
    procurement spend with Hispanic suppliers
  oAn average annual philanthropic investment of nine percent of total
    dollars distributed to Hispanic communities
  oTwenty-eight companies reported having a Hispanic on their board of
    directors, with only one company reporting having two Hispanic board

Our inclusive culture dates back more than 100 years
AT&T's inclusive culture dates back more than a century. Throughout our
history the telecom leader has welcomed individuals from all walks of life and
backgrounds. "That's what makes AT&T a desired business partner and
telecommunications provider," Storey said. In 2012, the AT&T retention rate
for people of color was 88 percent.

AT&T also:

  oHas a 13 percent representation of Hispanics in its workforce. The total
    U.S. AT&T workforce is 38 percent female and 39 percent people of color.
  oSponsors an award-winning employee resource group, HACEMOS (the
    Hispanic/Latino Employee Association of AT&T).
  oIs a top-rated global supplier diversity program that spent more than
    $12.8 billion with minority, women and disabled-veteran suppliers in 2012,
    representing 23.96 percent of the company's procurement base. AT&T's goal
    is to always achieve 21.5 percent of its procurement from diverse
  oHas a strong focus on the Hispanic Consumer Market, which includes
    converting 720 retail stores in high-density Hispanic markets including
    California, Florida, New York and Texas to a bilingual AT&T stores
    (Spanish/English) format; full AT&T's Spanish-language website and social
    media presence in Spanish; a strong advertising investment in Hispanic
    media; and sponsorship of top-rated Hispanic music, television, sports and
    entertainment programs and events.
  oSupports the Hispanic community by investing resources to advance
    education, strengthen communities and improve lives. In 2012, AT&T
    contributed more than $131 million to the diverse communities it serves
    through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs.
  oHas significant representation of Hispanics in its most senior ranks
    including Ralph de la Vega, president and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T
    Mobility; Jose Gutierrez, President-Wholesale Solutions of AT&T Business
    Solutions; Thaddeus Arroyo, Chief Information Officer of AT&T Services,
    Inc.; and Carmen Nava, Senior Vice President-Customer Experience of AT&T
    Services, Inc.

The HACR CII is open to all Fortune 100 companies and HACR corporate members.
The 2012 HACR CII saw a record number of participants, and certain industrial
classifications were better represented than others. AT&T has been a
participant in the HACR CII since its release four years ago.

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most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T
operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States
and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes
the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless,
Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile
Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S.
carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It
also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV
brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is
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