DENVER, Sept. 11, 2008 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) has been recognized for its workforce diversity initiatives and Hispanic philanthropic efforts by three of the nation’s leading Hispanic publications: Hispanic Business, Latin Business and Latina Style.
“Embracing diversity and creating a culture of inclusion makes Qwest a better company,” said Ric Padilla, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Qwest. “Diversity is fundamental to every aspect of our business and Qwest is very proud to be recognized by these prestigious publications.”
The September issue of Hispanic Business magazine features Qwest on its ‘DIVERSITY ELITE 60’, an annual listing of companies that measure an organization’s commitment to Hispanic hiring, promotion, marketing, philanthropy and supplier diversity. Companies on the list were not only recognized for workforce diversity initiatives, but for outreach to Hispanic consumers and increasing activities with minority-and Hispanic-owned suppliers.
For the second year in a row, Latin Business, a national, bimonthly magazine that celebrates U.S. Latino entrepreneurs and professionals, named Qwest to its “Corporate Diversity Honor Roll,” which honors the top companies that recognize the positive benefits of corporate diversity. Companies named to the honor roll 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.
Qwest has also been recognized by LATINA Style Magazine in the publication’s 11th annual list of the top 50 companies for Latinas to work for in the United States. The criteria include: number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women’s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations. This is the second consecutive year Qwest has appeared on the list.
Qwest is committed to maintaining diversity in its workforce and attracting talented Hispanic employees. The company offers top training, education and the opportunity to join resource groups, such as SOMOS (Success Oriented Members Offering Support), which strive to help employees understand and manage diversity in the workplace. Qwest also supports numerous Hispanic cultural organizations including Hispanic Chambers, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Hispanic job fairs, Fiestas Patrias celebrations, Latino Heritage celebrations and local non-profits such as the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Friendly House, and many Qwest leaders are board members of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.
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 the maximum amount of Spanish-language channels and entertainment available with DIRECTV Más, 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 five cents-per-minute for long-distance calls made to Mexico.
Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class Spirit of Service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest’s powerful combination of award-winning high-speed Internet, home and wireless voice solutions and digital TV includes a new generation of fiber-optic Internet services. Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.
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