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SBC Ranked #1 For Hispanic Females By LATINA Style

Submitted by: SBC Communications Inc.

Categories: Human Resources & Diversity

Posted: Aug 10, 2000 – 12:00 AM EST

 

SBC Among Top 50 Companies in America for Third Consecutive Year

Aug. 10 /CSRwire/ - LATINA Style magazine has recognized SBC Communications as the #1 company in America for hiring and promoting Hispanic working women. LATINA Style’s "Fifty Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S." lists SBC among the top corporations nationally that actively promotes career opportunities for Latina professionals at every level. SBC has made the LATINA Style 50 every year since the ranking was first published in 1998.

"Companies like SBC Communications have been providing opportunities to Hispanic women at every level," said Anna Maria Arias, editor and publisher of LATINA Style magazine. "Latinas are traditionally very loyal employees; they tend to remain with one company for a long time. It is essential then that they choose the right company to start with," she added.

Latinas represent a significant number of SBC’s workforce, with more than 12,000 Hispanic women working throughout the company. Seven Hispanic women are among the company's highest ranking officers, including two corporate presidents. SBC's 219,000-member workforce is comprised of 50 percent women, 12.3 percent Hispanics and 34 percent total minorities.

"The talents and contributions of Hispanic women are a vital part of the growth and success achieved in all segments of our business," said Edward E. Whitacre, Jr., chief executive officer of SBC Communications. "This recognition underscores our commitment to promoting diversity and an environment of inclusion."

To compile the ranking, the editors surveyed 600 U.S. corporations, including Fortune 500 companies and companies with a strong presence in the Hispanic community. Working with the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) and the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, the magazine sent a comprehensive questionnaire to every Fortune 500 CEO and targeted business leader. Companies were evaluated on a variety of workplace issues such as Latinas in management, Hispanic relations, training programs, alternative work policies, child and dependent care, health care, and retirement benefits.

The LATINA Style 50 is the only national effort to evaluate corporate responsiveness to the needs of Hispanic female working professionals. The official results of the 2000 LATINA Style 50 listing will appear in the magazine's August issue. The report will be distributed to all Members of Congress, the White House, all major Hispanic and recruitment conferences, all national women's organizations and over 2,000 colleges and universities.

SBC is a recognized leader of hiring and promoting women and minorities in the workplace. In addition to being named LATINA Style 50’s Best Employer for Latinas, SBC has received several recognitions for its commitment to promoting diversity, including: the 2000 Women Mean Business Corporate Award from Business and Professional Women, USA; Fortune magazine’s 50 best companies for minorities for the second consecutive year; and being named among Working Woman magazine’s Top 25 Corporations for Executive Women.

LATINA Style magazine will honor 2000 LATINA Style 50 companies in Washington D.C. at a reception in September.

SBC Communications Inc. (www.sbc.com) is a global communications leader. Through its subsidiaries' trusted brands - Southwestern Bell, Ameritech, Pacific Bell, SBC Telecom, Nevada Bell, SNET and Cellular One - and world-class network, SBC's subsidiaries provide local and long-distance phone service, wireless and data communications, paging, high-speed Internet access and messaging, cable and satellite television, security services and telecommunications equipment, as well as directory advertising and publishing. In the United States, the company currently has 61.2 million access lines, 12.2 million wireless customers and is undertaking a national expansion program that will bring SBC service to an additional 30 markets. Internationally, SBC has telecommunications investments in more than 20 countries. With approximately 219,000 employees, SBC is the 13th-largest employer in the U.S., with annual revenues that rank it among the largest Fortune 500 companies.

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