On behalf of the entire Comcast NBCUniversal family, I’d like to thank LATINA Style for naming us Company of the Year for the second time in four years. We are humbled by this honor, and we share this great achievement with our employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers, and community partners who help us, every day, to advance Latino inclusion in every area of our business.
Starting at our Board of Directors, Eduardo Mestre, Senior Advisor to Evercore Partners Inc., serves as one of four diverse directors on our 11-person Board. Within our workforce, 12% of all employees, and 9% of our total management ranks, are Latino. Within the last four years alone, we’ve increased the number of Latino leaders at the vice president level and above by 23%, and the number of Latino leaders at the director level by 62%.
While we’re proud of these accomplishments in workforce diversity, we understand we have much more to do. The energy and resources we devote to attract, develop, and retain top Latino talent is strengthened by a number of long-term tactics, including: mandatory diverse slates at the VP+ level; strong external partnerships with NSHMBA, HITEC, and ALPFA; active Employee Resource Groups, including our Unidos at Comcast and NBCUniversal chapters; and formal mentoring and development programs.
We also are committed to supporting Latino businesses in our supply chain. Partnerships with companies like Pinnacle Technical Resources, a top certified Latina- owned business, and one of the fastest growing women-owned firms in the U.S., have contributed significantly to the $5 billion we spent with diverse suppliers in the last four years alone, and to Comcast NBCUniversal achieving membership in the Billion Dollar Roundtable in August of 2015, the first media and technology company in America to be recognized.
When it comes to the distribution and development of diverse programming designed for the Latino community, our company has an unmatched commitment and record. We hold the exclusive Spanish-language media rights to broadcast FIFA World Cup on Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO (2015 – 2022). Comcast XFINITY cable customers have access to America’s largest collection of Spanish language networks – with as many as 60 Latino channels available on most of our cable systems, including an interactive, industry-first network dedicated to curating the best content designed for Latino audiences, the XFINITY Latino Entertainment Channel. And, in July of 2015, we launched unlimited mobile and landline calls to Mexico on our XFINITY Voice Unlimited plan, with the goal of helping Latino families stay connected.
Finally, we are proud to invest in the Latino community through our company’s signature broadband adoption program, Internet Essentials. With the support of NCLR, LULAC, and their local affiliates, Internet Essentials has connected more than 500,000 families, or more than 2 million low-income Americans, to the Internet at home, with discounted service, a subsidized low cost computer, and comprehensive digital literacy training in English and Spanish. Over 50% of the Internet Essentials customers we serve are Latino, and we believe that our early investment in digital access and training will provide Latino families with life-changing access to resources for education, employment, healthcare, communication, and entertainment.
For the August and September 2015 back to school season, we doubled the service’s download Internet speed, and now also offer Internet Essentials subscribers a Wi-Fi router at no additional cost. We also recently announced a pilot Internet adoption program for low-income seniors in two markets: Palm Beach County, Florida and the City of San Francisco, California.
We are very proud of our efforts to advance Latino inclusion in our business, but our focus is on the work ahead. Our ultimate goal is to become the model company for diversity and inclusion in America, and we will not rest until we reach this goal. This special recognition as LATINA Style's Company of the Year provides added momentum for us to stay the course, and continue our pursuit of that goal. Thank you, LATINA Style.