DENVER, Oct. 16, 2007 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) has been recognized by Latin Business magazine, a national, bimonthly magazine that celebrates U.S. Latino entrepreneurs and professionals, in its fourth annual “Corporate Diversity Honor Roll.”
According to Latin Business, Qwest is among the top 16 companies that they surveyed that increasingly recognize the positive benefits of corporate diversity. The publication indicates that the criteria for inclusion on the “Corporate Diversity Honor Roll” go beyond minority retention and marketing initiatives and minority representation as a percentage of employees. Latin Business looks for companies that demonstrate a proactive approach to overall diversity, an above-average level of understanding of the importance of diversity, well-executed diversity initiatives and effective communication of diversity efforts.
“At Latin Business, we take much more into account than just the numbers when evaluating companies for inclusion on the ‘Corporate Diversity Honor Roll,’” said Dave Howard, managing editor of Latin Business magazine. “It is not simply a case of who has the most Hispanics or other minorities on the payroll – we look at the overall quality of a company's diversity program.”
Qwest is committed to maintaining diversity in its workforce and attracting talented Hispanic employees. The company has a director of diversity committed to developing and executing its strategic diversity plan. It also offers excellent training, education and community volunteerism opportunities for Hispanic employees. The Qwest Hispanic employee resource group, called SOMOS, provides a unique cultural perspective to Qwest leadership on various business-related issues that are important to the Hispanic community. Qwest also appreciates the ability to provide significant business opportunities for diverse suppliers. In 2006, more than 12.3 percent of Qwest’s suppliers were minority, woman and disabled veteran owned businesses (MWDVBE).
“Embracing diversity and creating a culture of inclusion makes Qwest a better company,” said Teresa Taylor, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Qwest. “Diversity is fundamental to every aspect of our business and Qwest is very proud to be recognized for a fourth year on the Latin Business ‘Corporate Diversity Honor Roll’.”
The Qwest Foundation supports numerous Hispanic cultural organizations, and many Qwest leaders are members and chairs of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. Qwest has also recently been named to Latina Style Magazine's "Style 50" as one of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S (August 2007); listed on HISPANIC Magazine’s “Corporate 100” list of companies that contribute most to the Hispanic community (February 2007); named to HISPANIC Magazine’s list of the top 25 places for minorities to find opportunity for advancement (April 2006); and, given the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Social Responsibility Award (2007).
Throughout the company's local-service region, Qwest provides the Espíritu de Servicio (Spirit of Service) to its Hispanic customers and has created several products tailored to the Hispanic market. Qwest currently offers one of the most robust packages of alldigital Hispanic TV programming with Qwest® TV Latino wherever Qwest Choice™ TV is available, and Qwest® Plan Latino, a long-distance calling plan with reduced rates to Mexico and Latin American countries. The plan includes a flat rate of just 7 cents-perminute for long-distance calls made to landline phones in Mexico. To learn more about Qwest, visit www.qwest.com and www.qwest.com/espanol.
Qwest offers a unique and powerful combination of managed voice and data solutions for businesses, government agencies and consumers – locally and throughout the country. Customers coast to coast are turning to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber optic network and its Spirit of Service for quality products and superior customer experience. Qwest is a participant in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, to provide leading-edge voice, data and video services. For more information on Qwest, and its various operating subsidiaries, please go to www.qwest.com. For information about the products and services Qwest is offering in the Networx contract, visit www.gsanetworx.com