By  Norelie Garcia, AT&T Associate Vice President – Federal Public Affairs:

There are many reasons why I’m proud to work for AT&T, but chief among them is our company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.  From the board room to the front lines, from the stores to our supply chain, diversity and inclusion are central to our culture and a core part of our business strategy.

Today, we are honored by The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) 2011 Corporate Inclusion Index report’s high rating for our Hispanic inclusion practices in the areas of workforce, procurement, philanthropy and governance.  AT&T was one of only two companies – and the only telecommunications company nationwide – to receive a 95 rating, the highest in this year’s index.

We’re committed to full representation of a diverse workforce.  Right now, our workforce is about 12 percent Hispanic, and our total U.S. workforce is 40 percent female and 38 percent people of color.  I’m an active member of our award-winning and company sponsored Hispanic employee resource group HACEMOS, an important partner in our workforce diversity, community engagement and volunteering efforts.

Diversity is a key part of all aspects of our business strategy, and we reap the benefits of this every day in new customers, and strong relationships with excellent suppliers and partners.   We commend Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility Chair Janet Murguía, President & CEO Carlos Orta and Executive Committee Members for their tireless work to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions.

Recognitions like this are a chance to take stock and reflect not only on how far we have progressed but also on the importance of continuing this great work!

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