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Sprint has partnered with a number of leading Corporate Responsibility (CR) organizations to further its sustainability efforts. These organizations offer tactical support for our CR efforts, a chance to network with other corporate CR officers and line managers to discuss specific challenges, and an opportunity to collaborate on key issues that affect multiple organizations. Sprint recognizes the need for collaboration and engagement with stakeholders as critical for its sustainability journey. Key partnerships are outlined below.
Sprint has been an active member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship since 1992, participating on the board since 2008. The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship offers insights and practical management tools designed to help member companies improve their social, environmental and economic well-being, both locally and globally.
Sprint joined BSR in 2008. BSR assisted Sprint in its initial materiality assessment in 2008 that resulted in the creation of Sprint's CSR priorities, and worked with Sprint on stakeholder engagement sessions in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, BSR also provided a review of Sprint's "green" product efforts.
Sprint started to provide detailed carbon disclosure through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in 2008, when it had its greenhouse gas baseline data available. The CDP is an independent not-for-profit organization that holds the largest database of corporate climate change information in the world. Participants respond to CDP's annual Information Requests, which are issued on behalf of institutional investors, purchasing organizations and government bodies.
Sprint was invited to join the Ceres Company Network in May 2011. The Ceres Company Network includes more than 80 members from two-dozen industries; including technology, footwear and apparel, food and beverage, oil and gas, electric utilities and financial services. Sprint is the first telecommunications to join the Network. During its 20-plus years, Ceres has created some of the key building blocks for integrating environmental and social challenges within core business practices. In 1997, Ceres created the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), now the international standard for sustainability reporting used by more than 1,800 companies worldwide. In 2010, Ceres released The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability , which lays out the vision and path for building a truly sustainable corporation in the 21 st century.
Sprint joined CROA in the summer of 2011. CROA’s goal is to enable corporate responsibility practitioners to improve the role of companies in society and the natural environment.
Sprint is a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for 2011-2012. The index takes a best-in-class approach and only includes companies that fulfill certain sustainability criteria better than the majority of their peers. Sprint is considered the DJSI North America mobile sector leader. The assessment covers economic, environment and social dimensions with criteria such as corporate governance, risk and crisis management, climate change mitigation, privacy protection, human capital development and labor practices.
Sprint joined the EPA Green Power Partnership in 2006 and is among a select number in the Green Power Leadership Club — organizations who purchase a higher percentage of green power than required to become a Partner. This is a voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power. Sprint has purchased 87M kilowatt hours of wind power annually since 2006 and plans to expand its use of green power. Sprint is currently ranked in the top 25 purchasers of green power in EPA's Green Power Partnership Fortune 500 registry.
Sprint has been a member of the EPA Plug-in to eCycling program since 2007, helping to launch the "Recycle Your Cell Phone. It's An Easy Call" campaign. A partnership between EPA and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers, Plug-in to eCycling aims to promote recycling — "eCycling" — of used electronics. In 2009, Sprint served on the EPA's Leadership Roundtable Panel at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show to discuss how to "Make Recycling Electronics As Easy As Buying Electronics" and participated in the first annual "National Cell Phone Recycling Week" campaign.
Sprint became a member partner of the EPA Waste Wise Program in 2008. The purpose of the Waste Wise Program is to increase awareness and measurement of municipal and industrial waste. Waste Wise Partners, including Sprint, agree to reduce or recycle targeted waste. Sprint has committed to recycling 50% of its commercial waste stream by 2017.
Sprint is a member of the FTSE4Good index. The FTSE4Good Index Series has been designed to measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards, and to facilitate investment in those companies. The assessment includes a review of social, ethical and environmental criteria.
Sprint joined GeSI in 2009. GeSI brings together leading information and communications technology companies — including telecommunications service providers and manufacturers as well as industry associations — and non-governmental organizations committed to achieving sustainability objectives through innovative technology. Sprint is currently participating in the Supply Chain and Recycling working groups.
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Sprint joined The Green Grid in 2010. The Green Grid is a global consortium comprised of end-users, policy-makers, technology providers, facility architects, and utility companies, The Green Grid aims to address the biggest challenge facing data managers around the world - resource limits related to power, cooling, and space, making the resource efficiency of data centers an important topic of discussion.
Sprint's headquarters campus in Overland Park, Kan., has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for one of its buildings, and is in the process of certification for others. Additionally, in 2009 Sprint was the first telecommunications company to receive LEED certification for a retail store. LEED Certification is a nationally accepted program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.