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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; 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.
Following the Softbank and Clearwire transactions, Sprint named a new Board of Directors. As was the case with Sprint's prior Board, the Nominating and Governance Committee, now chaired by Sara Martinez Tucker, has responsibility 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 his full lead team, 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 three times per year.
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 was first convened in 2011. Sprint also engages specialized external stakeholders to support most of its CR Working Committees.
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. The number of working committees in place at any point in time depends on business requirements. The working committees have included:
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 appropriate business owners, and then the CR Steering Committee for review and approval.
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 board of directors.
Sprint's Diversity Council meets quarterly and includes VP representatives across Sprint's business units, along with senior executive sponsorship. The Diversity Council is the lead advocate for Inclusion & Diversity and is accountable to the CR Steering Committee. The Diversity Council is responsible for ensuring Sprint maintains a diversity and inclusive workplace by actively promoting Inclusion & Diversity efforts throughout the company.
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 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.