Press Release: 15. April 2013

HP Releases List of Supply Chain Smelters

Company launches industry-first initiative to publish smelters in effort to achieve conflict-free supply chain

PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP today published a list of the 195 smelters that have been identified within its supply chain.

HP is the first IT company to publish its supply chain smelter list and to have the smelter identification process be independently reviewed. This move underscores HP’s leadership toward achieving a conflict-free supply chain by encouraging suppliers to become conflict-free smelter (CFS) certified and urging the entire industry to move toward greater utilization of conflict-free smelters and refiners.

For more than a decade, the mining of minerals used to produce tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (3TG) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been linked to the funding of armed groups waging a civil war in the country. These metals are widely used in many industries and are commonly found in electronic products.

HP has played a leading role in international efforts to achieve conflict-free sources within the DRC, and it helped launch the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Extractives work group. This work group has established the CFS Program.

“We approached this issue with the same rigor as other complex operating challenges and have achieved something notable,” said Tony Prophet, senior vice president, Supply Chain Operations, Printers and Personal Systems Group, HP. “We are committed to collaborating across our supply chain as well as with NGOs and industry organizations to drive responsible sourcing within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and achieve a Conflict-Free Supply Chain.”

As part of its commitment to work toward solutions in the DRC and neighboring countries, HP has been active with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), industry organizations and government entities, including the Enough Project, the U.S. State Department and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. 

“HP has shown leadership throughout the past four years around addressing conflict minerals within its supply chain. Publishing its list of smelters is another significant step in the right direction, because it puts pressure on smelters to be audited as conflict free,” said Sasha Lezhnev, senior policy analyst, the Enough Project. “Just a year ago, companies were afraid of publishing lists of smelters, but this added layer of transparency can help get our consumer products to be conflict free." 

HP is committed to providing an increased level of supply chain transparency for its customers and other external stakeholders. In 2008, HP was the first IT company to begin to publish its first-tier supplier names—representing approximately 95 percent of HP supplier spend. Along with the smelter list publication, HP today also is publishing the factory street addresses and product types of its product final assembly suppliers

These initiatives are a part of HP’s larger Supply Chain Social and Environmental Responsibility program and underscore its leadership in managing its supply chain to the highest ethical standards.

HP has one of the industry’s most extensive supply chains, comprising more than 1,000 production suppliers and tens of thousands of nonproduction suppliers, and spanning more than 45 countries and territories.

HP continues to work with suppliers around the globe to deliver substantial and lasting social and environmental performance improvements on a broad range of topics, including labor and ethics, health and safety, environment, and management systems.

Additional information about HP’s commitment to conflict-free minerals is available at http://www8.hp.com/us/en/pdf/hp_fy11_gcr_ethics_and_human_rights_tcm_245_1357677.pdf


This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance, market share or competitive performance relating to products and services; any statements regarding anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the competitive pressures faced by HP’s businesses; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the protection of HP's intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; the hiring and retention of key employees; assumptions related to pension and other post-retirement costs and retirement programs; the execution, timing and results of restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost and the anticipated benefits of implementing those plans; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in HP’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012.  HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2013 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

Media contacts

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.au.