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  • 1. Sprint Statement on Conflict MineralsConflict minerals are defined as those minerals typically mined in conditions ofarmed conflict and human rights abuse, most notably in the eastern provinces of theDemocratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”). The profits from the sale of theseminerals may help finance continued unrest and, as a result, control of the minesoften becomes a focal point. The most commonly mined conflict minerals are tin,tantalum, tungsten, and gold, which can ultimately be used in a variety ofelectronic devices, including mobile phones, laptops, and MP3 players.The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub. L. No. 111-203, H.R. 4173), signed into law in July, 2010, includes a section on conflictminerals The intent of the law is to help ensure minerals do not come from conflictareas of the DRC or otherwise help fund the conflict there. It is not intended to banthe use of these minerals. Under the law, certain companies must disclose if theminerals originated in the DRC or adjoining countries, post a description of measurestaken to obtain the source and chain of custody of the minerals, and provide anindependent audit of the report.While Sprint does not manufacture handsets or accessories, it does purchase them.Sprint shares the concerns about conflict minerals and tries to monitor the efforts ofdevice manufacturers and other related activities within the telecommunicationsindustry. Sprint generally supports the objectives of the law and is activelyparticipating in the Global e-Sustainability Initiative’s working committee to developa conflict-free smelter certification program in the DRC. The program should helpprovide a path for enabling responsible mineral sourcing within the DRC and otherregions through evaluation and audit of the source and conflict-free status ofminerals processed by smelters.November 11, 2011