Society


We apply our talent, technology,
and partnerships to improve
communities and address
social challenges.

Sustainability & Social Innovation at HP centers on the belief that the same passion, energy, and culture of innovation that make HP a successful company can also be used to make a profound and positive social impact in the world. HP Sustainability and Social Innovation helps share HP talent and technology where they are needed most.

We promote responsible practices in our supply chain, respect human rights, and strive for a workplace where all of our employees can flourish.

HP Canada supports Calgary flood relief efforts

From funding to volunteer support, helping the Calgary community recover from the devastating effects of the recent flood was a top priority for HP Canada. Pulling together, HP Canada was proud to help our Calgary community on their road to recovery.

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HP Canada Volunteer Challenge

HP Canada employees touched the lives of people from coast to coast during the 2012 HP Canada Volunteer Challenge. More than 55,000 volunteer hours were logged during the challenge – far surpassing the 20,000 hour goal.

  • Winnipeg employees helped build a house through Habitat for Humanity.
  • Saskatchewan employees volunteered at the Harbour Rescue Mission.
  • Sydney, employees helped at Loaves and Fishes, a local soup kitchen.
  • Calgary employees cooked meals for families at Ronald McDonald House.
  • Montreal employees cleaned-up a summer camp for low income families
  • Mississauga employees participated in the Orbis Plane Pull – raising funds for medical treatment for blind children
  • WWF Shoreline clean-up events in Ottawa, Sydney, Oshawa and Mississauga.

HP Catalyst Initiative

The HP Catalyst Initiative brings together organizations from around the world that are passionate about transforming education. The HP Catalyst Initiative taps into the power of collaboration through a global network of educators whose goal is to transform STEMx teaching and learning—from secondary education through the university level—and inspire students to use their technical ingenuity and creativity to address urgent social challenges.

Consortium members focus on a wide range of issues, from teacher preparation and student-driven learning models to student assessment. Each is charged with investigating how emerging technologies can enhance STEMx learning experiences and promote critical skills such as creative thinking, open-ended problem-solving, and cross-cultural collaboration. Participating universities in Canada include:

  • Multi-Versity Consortium : Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia
  • Social STEM-preneur Consortium: Conestoga College Institute of Technology and     Advanced Learning, Kitchener Waterloo

Adopt a School Program

HP Canada’s Adopt a School program helps to inspire and motivate students by providing a range of volunteer support that will help them to explore the many life choices they have.

HP Canada employees kicked off the partnership with TL Kennedy Secondary School with "Experience the Workplace Day" at HP Canada’s Mississauga head office. Thirty grade 10, 11 and 12 students visited the Spectrum Way office.

During the day the students met with Employees from Finance, Operations, Marketing and Sales who discussed their roles at HP and their career paths. They also received a tour of HP’s technology demonstration rooms and one-on-one job shadowing with HP employees.

A highlight of the day was the tour of HP’s HALO room, where they had a live video-conference with the HP Puerto Rico site, which also brought in high school students to visit that day. In addition to lots of introductions and smiles, the kids also got the opportunity to get to know each other and find out about life in another country.

"Congratulations, your agenda was awesome," said Kim Powidajko, TL Kennedy Co-op teacher. "Your speakers were fabulous and your mentors well chosen. Please thank everyone on our behalf. You ignited some young minds today. "

HP LIFE (Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs)

HP LIFE is a global program for training students, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners to harness the power of IT to establish and grow their business, helping them build successful companies and create jobs.

In 2012, HP LIFE e-Learning was launched – an innovative, online training program that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners learn IT and business skills in their own time, at their own pace. Together with our partner Education Development Center inc (EDC) an innovative, interactive online learning curriculum was designed that covers key elements and can be followed in a self-paced fashion - independently or as part of a classroom setting.

HP’s global Sustainability & Social Innovation strategy focuses on making a positive contribution to society and HP’s business through high impact, sustainable programs in four key areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Community Engagement