September 17, 2007
Sprint Receives Perfect Score in Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index 2008
Sprint's Commitment to Inclusion and Diversity Recognized for Third Consecutive Year with 100% Rating
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 2007--For the third consecutive year, Sprint (NYSE:S) has received a perfect 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index. The Corporate Equality Index 2008, released today, rated 519 major U.S. companies from a wide range of industries on how they treat their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees, consumers and investors.
"At Sprint, diversity is an essential part of the way we do business," said Sandy Price, senior vice president of Human Resources, Sprint. "We're working hard to create an inclusive workplace that ensures all voices and points of view are valued and respected. This, in turn, allows us to reach a broader base of customers with products and services that truly add value to their lives. Recognition like this from the Human Rights Campaign reinforces that this business approach is not just the smart thing to do; it's the right thing to do."
The Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a number of external and internal factors such as marketing and advertising, non-discrimination policies, and diversity management and training. Results are reported based on both company and industry. From an industry perspective, the Corporate Equality Index 2008 ranked 14 companies in the Telecommunications category. The average score within this group was 87%, and Sprint was one of only five Telecommunications companies to receive a perfect 100% score. The average score across all companies regardless of industry was 81%.
Sprint has been widely recognized for its commitment to inclusion and diversity. In addition to the previous two years' Corporate Equality Index rankings, Sprint has been named to the Human Rights Campaign's Best Places to Work list and received additional diversity-focused recognition from DiversityBusiness.com, DiversityInc, G.I. Jobs Magazine, Hispanic Business Magazine, Hispanic Magazine, Latina Style magazine, Marketing y Medios, the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, and the Veteran's Business Journal. A complete list of Sprint awards is available at www.sprint.com/awards.
To learn more about Sprint's commitment to inclusion and diversity, please visit www.sprint.com/diversity.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 54 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
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