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Sprint recognizes that fresh water supplies are dwindling globally and that water conservation is key to addressing this issue. While Sprint uses relatively little water compared to companies in other industries, we are striving to optimize our use of this resource and to offer tools to help suppliers, customers and employees to do the same. Collectively, we can help slow the pace of freshwater withdrawal and potentially enable these reserves to regain a natural balance.
Our four areas of focus are:
Our first priority is reducing our own water footprint. We established a primary target to guide our efforts:
Sprint purchased 273.9 million gallons (1,036,892 m3) of water in 2012. Although this was up 1.2 percent from the year before, Sprint has achieved a 26.7 percent reduction from 2007 through 2012 — nearly 90 percent of our total ten-year goal.
Our next priority is helping our suppliers to reduce their water use. Sprint has worked with Trucost, an independent environmental-impact assessment firm, to estimate the amount of water consumed in our supply chain over the past two years. This has been a quick and affordable means of sizing our supply chain water footprint. It has also helped us to prioritize opportunities for water reduction in our dialogue with suppliers. Highlights from the most recent report focusing on 2012 performance include:
The third priority is providing tools that help our business customers reduce their water consumption. Remote monitoring and management tools, enabled by Sprint's machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, help organizations distribute and use water more efficiently. This is a great example of creating shared value — we provide solutions that help our customers reduce their emissions (and expenses) and provide a revenue stream for Sprint.
The Sprint solutions that can have the greatest impact on water consumption include:
The fourth priority is presenting employees with opportunities for awareness, education and action to reduce their own water consumption at home and when they are away from home. This includes a recent collaborative effort with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and National Geographic on the Change the Course campaign.