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Sprint uses a multi-tier Corporate Responsibility (CR) Governance Model that effectively incorporates all levels of the employees, ensures tight linkage with our operations and strategy, and drives accountability for performance against our CR operating priorities and long-term goals. The structure includes the CR Steering Committee, chaired by CEO Dan Hesse; the CR Leadership Committee, chaired by Ralph Reid, vice president of Corporate Responsibility; an External CR Stakeholder Panel; CR working committees; and a CR scorecard. The CR Steering Committee provides periodic updates to the Sprint Board of Directors about Sprint's ongoing efforts in the area of social responsibility and environmental sustainability.
Chaired by Janet Hill and made up of five of Sprint's ten board members, the Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for overseeing Sprint's Corporate Responsibility efforts. The CR team presents to the Committee on a periodic basis to provide updates on performance, review strategy, and discuss potential challenges.
Chaired by CEO Dan Hesse and made up of eight of his direct reports, the CR Steering Committee guides our overall CR efforts, ensures adequate resources are in place to address new opportunities and challenges, approves CR policies, and ensures CR is fully integrated into Sprint business processes. The Steering Committee meets quarterly.
The CR Leadership Committee is chaired by Ralph Reid, vice president of Corporate Responsibility, and is responsible for performance against company CR priorities and goals and consists of senior vice presidents and vice presidents from relevant business functions. The Leadership Committee meets bi-monthly and provides quarterly performance reporting to the CR Steering Committee. Members of the Leadership Committee serve as executive sponsors for the working committees.
Sprint values external input into its CR efforts, and in partnership with Ceres, has an external-stakeholder panel, consisting of 12 members representing various non-governmental organizations (NGOs), investors, and members of academia and the business community. The panel reviews Sprint's strategy, goals, successes and challenges, and provides recommendations on how to improve efforts. The panel met for the first time in June 2011 and then again in May 2012. We expect to meet with the Stakeholder Panel twice per year.
The CR working committees were initiated in 2010 to enable cross-functional problem assessment and recommendation development on key CR issues. Each team is tasked with formulating formal company policy for their issue, planning the strategy and coordinating implementation. As of mid-2012, there were eleven working committees in place:
Each committee is co-facilitated by a member of the CR organization and a business-unit subject matter expert. Teams generally have five to 10 internal members representing each of the internal-stakeholder organizations and one to three external-stakeholder advisors from NGOs, advisory firms, governmental entities or business partners. The working committees present their recommendations to the CR Leadership Committee for review and approval. All members of the Leadership and Steering Committees must approve CR policy statements.
Sprint has three other important governing structures for portions of its CR efforts — the Diversity Council, the Sprint Foundation (which has its own President and board of directors), and the Audit Committee of the Sprint Nextel board of directors.
The Diversity Council meets monthly and is responsible for ensuring Sprint maintains a diverse and inclusive workplace. The Diversity Council reports through the CR Steering Committee.
Ralph Reid, Sprint's vice president of Corporate Responsibility, serves as president of the Sprint Foundation and, with the Sprint Foundation board of directors, directs the Sprint Foundation grant programs to ensure they support the company's philanthropic vision.
In addition, the Audit Committee of the Sprint Nextel board of directors oversees Sprint's compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, Sprint's Ethics and Compliance Program, and Sprint's Enterprise Risk Management program.