HP and HERproject Transform Lives with Education

Tony Prophet is Senior Vice President, Operations Printing and Personal Systems (PPS).

Today is Human Rights Day, an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of human rights. HP is committed to making a difference in this area and I am proud to be part of a company that respects human rights across its operations.

Due to HP’s global scale and scope, our business practices can impact a wide range of human rights. Consistent with our Standards of Business Conduct, we respect human rights in our own operations and expect that our business partners and suppliers do the same. Specific to HP’s Supply Chain, we have made great strides in improving the human rights of workers throughout our operations. From student workers in China to miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, HP is leading initiatives to protect the health and safety of people in our supply chain.

Research by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation revealed that the general and reproductive health of women working in the electronics industry could be improved. As a result, HP became the first IT company to partner with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to engage its suppliers through the Health Enables Returns project (HERproject).

The HERproject helps female workers, who are often poorly educated about their health, learn how to take care of their bodies, take control of their family planning and protect themselves against domestic violence. Since 2007, we have supported the education of more than 32,000 women in countries such as Mexico, China and Malaysia.

While the HERproject and our other human rights programs are the right things to do, they are also good for the immediate and long-term success of our business. We’ve seen that healthy workers contribute to healthy business. HP factories that have implemented the HERproject in China have reported improvements in productivity and enthusiasm, as well as reduced absenteeism and turnover. Through a similar program, one Bangladeshi factory saw a $3 return – through higher productivity, lower turnover and reduced absenteeism – for every $1 they invested in women’s health.

Watch the video below to learn more about the HERproject and HP’s efforts to respect human rights.