AT&T nears $3bn spending commitment for black-owned businesses

AT&T is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, United States

AT&T says it is on track to meet its commitment to spend $3 billion with U.S. black-owned suppliers by the end of this year.

The company said that its AT&T Supplier Diversity team said it remains dedicated to making a significant economic impact in the Black business community. As of today, the company said it is nearly 90% of the way there.

“Our commitment to ensuring that Black-owned businesses and other diverse businesses have the opportunity to work with AT&T is longstanding, sustainable and unwavering,” said Susan A. Johnson, executive vice president – Global Connections & Supply Chain, AT&T.

“Our commitment to these suppliers will continue beyond 2020; these are not short-term commitments.

“We will continue to work closely with all suppliers to foster economic growth and innovation within the communities we serve.”

The company said it is committed to equality and non-discrimination for all.

“The COVID-19 pandemic created significant challenges for many businesses and their supply chains,” said Eric Kelly, Chairman and CEO of Overland-Tandberg.

“Our ability to provide innovative business continuity solutions to customers in over 90 countries for 40 years put Overland-Tandberg in a unique position to assist AT&T.

“Our shared philosophy and commitment with AT&T enabled us to pivot and ensure the resources were available to meet AT&T’s worldwide requirements. We’re proud that we could help AT&T manage and protect their workforce and customers.”