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Operation Hand Salute. AT&T Global Supplier Diversity Programs. AT&T Launches…Operation Hand Salute. Since its inception in 1993, AT&T has been a pioneer and leader in promoting contracts with Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises ( DVBEs ).

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operation hand salute
Operation Hand Salute
  • AT&T Global Supplier Diversity Programs
at t launches operation hand salute
AT&T Launches…Operation Hand Salute
  • Since its inception in 1993, AT&T has been a pioneer and leader in promoting contracts with Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs).
  • In April 2010 the Supplier Diversity team launched a unique mentoring program called Operation Hand Salute or OHS to support DVBEs.
  • The purpose of the program is not only to develop and promote DVBEs but also to insure that 1.5% of AT&T’s purchase base are DVBEs and that we help these mentees advance their business to the next level.
blueprint for the ohs program
Blueprint for the OHS Program





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Blueprint for the OHS Program
  • Advocacy: armed with knowledge on DVBE regulations, resources, advocacy groups, mentees will be better prepared to advocate for their value proposition
  • Awareness: increased awareness of procurement processes and supply chain requirements will make the mentees more competitive in the bid process
  • Innovation: working with mentors, to understand how to sustain their business in an ever challenging economic environment
  • Training: 9 - TL 9000 Classes, 8 – Workshops
  • Partnerships: Create networking opportunities through various resources (Primes, mentors, etc)
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Blueprint for the OHS Program – Cont.
  • Accountability: Monthly status reports ensure that the Mentor and Mentee are working together on an action plan to insure success of the program and establish key follow-up items
  • Recognition: Participants will be prominently identified in program materials and have opportunities to interact with key AT&T leaders
ultimate success
Ultimate Success
  • Milestones
  • AT&T Supplier Diversity team brings awareness to the public and to external stakeholders that we are innovators in this segment.
  • Create a model program that other Fortune 500 companies can follow.
  • The seven mentees will be able to participate in opportunities within AT&T’s supply chain and promote the program in the community.
  • AT&T continues to be recognized nationally as a top corporation for its longstanding commitment to DVBEs in our supply chain.
  • Mentors and Mentees continue to develop and succeed in business.