Dan Hesse and Charles Moore Named 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners for Corporate Responsibility and for Philanthropy, Respectively

Sprint and CECP chief executives top CR Magazine's list of responsible corporate leaders

Oct 09, 2013, 09:00 ET from CR Magazine

NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Corporate Responsibility Magazine and the COMMIT!Forum are pleased to announce that Dan Hesse, the Chief Executive Officer of Sprint (NYSE: S) has been named the 2013 Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award winner. For the first time in the Award's history, Charles Moore, the former Executive Director of CECP has also been granted the Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award.

Mr. Hesse and Mr. Moore will accept their respective awards tonight at the culmination of the 2013 COMMIT!Forum. CR Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize individuals whose risk-taking, visions and pioneering spirits have led to significant achievement in the field over the course of their careers.

"As we considered the candidates for this year's Lifetime Achievement Award, Dan Hesse was a natural choice. A publicly committed executive, Dan has demonstrated the role and impact of the responsible corporation through his vision and leadership," said Elliot Clark, Clark, CEO of SharedXpertise, the publisher of Corporate Responsibility Magazine. "We also honor Charles Moore this year, the winner of our first Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award. Charles changed the way corporations view giving and giving back to society through his work in the development and growth of CECP."

"My personal experiences have helped me understand the importance of a values based culture," said Mr. Hesse. "Whether it's developing new services to better serve our customers with disabilities or expanding our commitment to renewable energy, I believe our industry can drive significant shared value where our customers, our planet and business benefits."

Under Mr. Hesse's leadership, Sprint has led the U.S. telecom industry in its portfolio of eco-friendly devices and in wireless re-use and recycling. The company was also the first U.S. carrier to deploy Code Factory's Wireless Accessibility application to make Android devices fully accessible for the visually impaired. Among other initiatives, Sprint serves as the nation's largest Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) provider to assist customers who are deaf and is also named as a top place to work for military veterans and diverse managers. Last year, Newsweek named the company third among America's Greenest Companies, the only telecommunications company to receive a top 25 ranking on the survey. Last month Sprint received two top honors as the only telecommunications company named to CDP's S&P 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), which highlights companies that demonstrate strategies committed to improving their impact on the environment. Sprint was also named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America, which tracks the corporate sustainability performance of the top 20 percent of the 600 largest companies by industry in the United States and Canada. Earlier this year, Sprint was named the Marketplace winner at the U.S. Disability Matters Awards, one of the most important Corporate Awards in the U.S., for delivering innovative accessibility solutions that empower people with disabilities.

"I am honored to receive the 2013 Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award," commented Mr. Moore. "My gratitude goes to my CECP colleagues and CECP's companies that share my vision for investing in their communities, and that together contribute more than 40% of all corporate giving in the United States. This enthusiasm from our network is what creates innovative solutions to some of society's toughest challenges, and it is my hope that we can continue to inspire more companies to do the same."

CECP, now in its 15th year, was started by Paul Newman and other leaders in business, and today is where more than 150 Fortune 500 companies turn to make unprecedented progress on their community investments. CECP CEOs make societal investment a priority within their companies by reinforcing the value of their community engagement, rallying other CEOs to do more, inspiring employees to get involved, and more.  CECP supports its companies through one-on-one assistance, and national and regional gatherings. As CECP's Chair, Doug Conant, former President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company and Founder and CEO of Conant Leadership, recently wrote in McKinsey's Voices on Society, "Business leaders should use every tool in their CSR portfolio to help create economic value that can help address relevant societal issues."

For more information about the COMMIT!Forum and the Lifetime Achievement Awards visit: www.commitforum.com                  

About the COMMIT!Forum
The COMMIT!Forum, calls on people to make commitments that will change the world. How? By inspiring, educating, and engaging them in ways that prepare them to make the commitments necessary to change themselves and their organizations. The path to COMMIT, which began on April 11th at the New York Stock Exchange with the announcement of CR Magazine's 14th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens, culminates October 8-9 in New York City at the Forum and continues well beyond through commitments people make there.  http://www.commitforum.com/   

About CR Magazine
CR Magazine is the voice of the corporate responsibility profession covering case studies, best practices, and trends in the five primary segments of the CR profession: a) governance, risk, compliance, b) environmental sustainability c) corporate social responsibility, d) philanthropy, and e) workforce/diversity.  www.thecro.com

About Sprint
Sprint offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 53 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About CECP
CECP draws together and empowers senior executives of the world's leading companies to  achieve unprecedented progress on societal challenges while driving business performance.  CECP offers high-powered connectivity and the platform to multiply investments in solving  societal challenges. CECP uniquely enhances its members' societal initiatives through strategy related expertise, influential advocates, and awareness building, and by offering members essential resources including a proprietary benchmarking tool, networking programs, research, and opportunities for best-practice sharing. http://cecp.co

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