HipLink is proud to announce that AT&T has accepted the company into its prestigious Global Supplier Diversity Program, which supports our combined commitment to promoting ongoing change.
HipLink is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) with a long history of investing in the effort to diversify its business. HipLink is a natural fit as a supplier for AT&T, bringing the company’s internal buyers access to solutions that enable fast, secure, intelligent communication and incident notification. From a single HipLink server, users can solve multiple needs including application paging, desktop paging, emergency notification, and mass notification.
As a proactive supporter of diversity, AT&T has a long list of diversity-related programs and investments within its own business, and the company encourages other businesses to take part in the movement. In fact, they spent $12.8 billion with minority, women, and disabled veteran business enterprises in 2012.
AT&T’s Global Supplier Diversity Program requires an extensive application and proposal process during which the supplier must provide proof that it meets AT&T’s high standards for stability, quality, compliance, and operations excellence. In addition, suppliers must be certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE).
Qualifying for and maintaining a diversity certification is no small task. To be certified as a WBE, HipLink must meet strict standards and pass a formal review and certification by one of two agencies authorized for this purpose (NWBOC or WBENC). A WBE is
By setting attainable goals for increasing diversity in the workplace, suppliers learn how to create a more inclusive business while bringing the advantages of greater diversity to AT&T.
Why diversity matters: A diverse workplace is strong
Businesses are increasingly realizing the importance of employing a diverse array of employees. Organizations embrace national incentives to employ individuals of all genders, ethnicities, ages, religions, and sexual orientations — but savvy leaders also understand that diversity makes good business sense.
A report by the commerce research firm Dun & Bradstreet cites these surprising U.S. Census Bureau figures:
A diverse employee and supplier base allows organizations to better connect with a diverse customer base — and can lead to great working relationships with business partners that are minority-owned.
HipLink’s commitment to diversity
HipLink is proud to be a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and an active member of AT&T’s Global Supplier Diversity Program. The effort we extend to such programs is a commitment to practicing what we preach. By embracing diversity in all our business operations, we are not only creating a better world, but also building a stronger, most competitive business.
We are proud to continue our working relationship with AT&T as we drive growth and innovation in our own organization.