AT&T has committed to spend $3 billion with black suppliers in the U.S. by 2020. The spend commitment is inspired by Believe Chicago, a community-driven initiative of AT&T employees that aims to improve the lives of people in Chicago areas with high unemployment and gun violence.

Believe Chicago has already given more than $3 million to community organizations in its first year as well as hired assisting AT&T in hiring their 500th employee from Believe Chicago neighborhoods.

According to AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan, the program is making a difference in the lives of their customers and friends in Chicago. Executive Vice President Susan Johnson added that they are committed to working with diverse suppliers because they bring fresh ideas, unique perspectives and skills that help with the company’s success.

AT&T has already spent more $158 billion with LGBT, service-disabled veteran, women and minority businesses since 1968.

Believe Chicago hosted the premiere of its documentary film “Beacons of Hope – Stories of Strength from Chicago” last month focusing on the efforts of five people and their commitment to improve the quality of life of 19 neighborhoods in Chicago most affected by gun violence.

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