We have a renewed energy at Sprint as we transform our company.
Financial success will be one way we measure our progress, but it’s not the only way. I’m proud of our commitment to help others and make the world a better place for our children and future generations.
At Sprint, we demonstrate our corporate responsibility by the way we contribute to our communities, by acting as a leader in our industry and by working aggressively to reduce our impact on the environment.
One of the areas I’m personally passionate about is empowering people with education so they may seize greater opportunities. I am deeply honored to serve on the board of directors of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA), a nonprofit that supports kids from day one until they go to college. President Obama first introduced the initiative as a way to help level the playing field and eliminate opportunity gaps for African-American, Hispanic and young men of color. The organization aims to protect all children from violence, give them a healthy start and ensure they are ready to learn.
Sprint has pledged $2 million to MBKA, and we will provide about $3 million more of in-kind support to make sure critical broadband Internet connections are available to more students in and out of the classroom. One of the most powerful things you can do for education anywhere is to give young people access to the biggest library of content in the world – the Internet.
Sprint has long been leading the way in sustainability, setting high environmental standards and policies. I inherited a world-class organization dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment, and we’ve seen cost savings and an enhanced reputation as a result of those efforts. For example, we reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by an amazing 21.57 percent in 2014. And, Sprint received three major awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a single year. Reducing our footprint is a mission that’s important for us to continue – and one that our customers and employees expect from us.
While we have lofty goals for growing our business, we’re focused on making smart decisions that also benefit our stakeholders, our communities and our environment. As you’ll see in this year’s report, good corporate citizenship is deeply ingrained in our culture. Every day, we’re empowering millions through our sustainability solutions, accessibility services and education initiatives.
I believe in a bright future for Sprint and our customers from coast to coast, and it’s especially meaningful to support the community in Kansas City, our company’s hometown. The Sprint Foundation contributes nearly $2.5 million to local nonprofits, our employees volunteer thousands of hours each year, and we collect meals and donate for those in need. Kansas City has attracted national attention as a center of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, and it’s exciting for Sprint to help drive that reputation.
I feel privileged to be the leader of one of America’s top telecommunication companies, connecting customers with the people and the things they care about most. Sprint has infinite possibilities to do good, all while building a wireless experience that enriches people’s lives.