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Environmental sustainability

First complete carbon footprint

During 2012 we completed a comprehensive carbon footprint analysis to better understand the impact of our company and our products. HP is among the first companies globally to publish this level of information.

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Environmental sustainability

The HP Moonshot system

In April 2013, we brought to market the first commercialized product and the second generation of our HP Moonshot servers. This entirely new category of software defined server architecture consumes up to 89% less energy, uses 80% less space, and costs 77% less than a traditional server environment. *

*According to internal HP engineering that compares HP Moonshot servers with traditional x86 server technology.

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Environmental sustainability

7,000+ U.S. take-back locations for HP print cartridges to

During the last year, we increased the number of U.S. take-back locations for HP print cartridges to more than 7,000 through partnerships with Walmart, OfficeMax, and Staples—and Office Depot in early 2013.

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Environmental sustainability

New recycling facility in Brazil

Our new recycling facility in São Paulo reduces HP ink cartridges to raw materials which can be used to make new metal and plastic products. The recycled plastic is used in new printer parts manufactured in Brazil as well as new HP ink cartridges.

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Environmental sustainability

"New Water" use at HP Singapore facilities

Since 2007, HP’s facilities in Singapore have been using “New Water” to reduce demand on freshwater. New Water is treated wastewater purified using microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet treatment, as well as conventional treatment processes. New Water accounts for over two-thirds of the facilities’ annual water consumption.

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HP plastic treatment facility

HP partnered with the Canada-based Lavergne Group to support a new HP plastic treatment facility in Vietnam, expanding the “closed loop” HP ink cartridge recycling program.

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East African Computer Recycling facility

HP collaborated with the NGO Camara to support the East African Computer Recycling (EACR) facility in Mombasa, Kenya, which processes end-of-life electronics equipment while creating employment in disadvantaged communities. 

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Environmental sustainability

Fort Collins data center

HP opened a data center in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States, that doubles as a test bed for HP Labs technologies, including sustainable data center innovations. The facility expands on HP’s Converged Infrastructure solutions with research focused on working to eliminate IT sprawl, increasing energy efficiency, and reducing power consumption.

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Environmental sustainability

Sustainable building design

HP consolidated five of its office buildings into one in Ojima, Japan. The new facility employs sustainable design features such as increased use of natural ventilation and lighting, wastewater and rain water recycling, water-efficient landscaping, and recycled and locally sourced building materials.

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Environmental sustainability

Hockley Data Center LEED certification

In 2011, three HP facilities were certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED®, including our Hockley data center in Texas, United States, and our Finnish headquarters at Espoo, both of which achieved Gold-level certification. This brings the total number of HP LEED certified facilities to four. 

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Supply chain responsibility

Supplier guidance on appropriate use of student and dispatch workers

In early 2013 we introduced the “HP Student and Dispatch Worker Guidance Standard for Supplier Facilities in the People’s Republic of China.” This document directs suppliers on how to properly manage student and temporary agency workers in that country, and is part of a broader program that includes capability-building and assurance mechanisms to improve conformance.

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Supply chain responsibility

Journey towards conflict-free sourcing

HP is the first IT company to publish its supply chain smelter list and to have the smelter identification process independently reviewed. We are encouraging the responsible sourcing of minerals mined in the DRC and used in HP products.

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Supply chain responsibility

First IT company to publish its supply chain water footprint

HP is the first IT company to publish our supply chain water footprint. Based on data primarily from component manufacturing and final assembly suppliers representing 38% of our total production supplier spend, aggregated water consumption equaled 28 million cubic meters in 2011.*

*Consumption is estimated based on suppliers’ consumption and their dollar volume of HP business compared with their total revenue. The majority of these companies report on a calendar year basis. The year 2011 is the most recent for which data are available.

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Supply chain responsibility

Improving labor conditions in the Pearl River Delta

In 2011, the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) introduced a sustainability plan for 100 electronics manufacturers located in China’s Pearl River Delta region. The primary goal of the plan is to improve factory working conditions. HP is helping to develop the plan and encouraging suppliers to engage in IDH assessments.

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Supply chain responsibility

Supporting migrant worker rights in Malaysia

To raise awareness among its suppliers of the issue of alleged mistreatment of migrant workers in Malaysia’s electronics industry, HP held a training program in August 2011 regarding the guidelines for employing migrant workers. 

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Supply chain responsibility

The HERproject

HP participates in the HERProject to raise awareness of the general and reproductive health needs of women working in manufacturing. 

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Environmental sustainability

GreenScreen assessments

HP has integrated the GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals framework developed by Clean Production Action into our overall alternatives assessment protocol, enabling us to more easily select replacement materials with a reduced risk of human health and environmental impacts. We have completed more than 130 assessments since the program began. 

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Environmental sustainability

Closed-loop recycling

HP is developing “closed loop” recycling processes for some of our hardware products. This effort involves recovering plastic from electronics products at HP’s North American recycling facilities, and recompounding the plastic to return it to virgin resin properties and colors for use in creating new electronics products. 

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Sustainable packaging

HP’s support helped Sealed Air, a major supplier of recycled PE foam used in cushions for HP packaging, to expand its “closed loop” recycling process globally and create Ethafoam® MRC, which is made with 100% recycled resin content.

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Forest Stewardship Council membership

HP became a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®)—widely regarded as the leading independent standards organization for responsible forestry. We are helping to shape the council’s policies and criteria, and we strongly encourage our paper suppliers to pursue FSC certification. 

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Supply chain responsibility

Hepatitis B anti-discrimination program

HP considers hepatitis B tests in employee hiring processes to be violations of the nondiscrimination provision of HP’s EICC Code of Conduct. We have held training programs in China to raise awareness of hepatitis B and eliminate discrimination. In 2011, we expanded the program, reaching approximately 50,000 more workers.

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Supply chain responsibility

Pre-departure training

HP implemented pre-departure training for suppliers and schools to teach facility and school trainers how to prepare interns for work, including knowledge of labor rights and occupational health, and how to adapt to city life. In sessions held in three areas across China, reached more than 23,400 graduates and interns.

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Ethics and human rights

Conflict minerals in the DRC

HP plays a leading role in international efforts to achieve practical solutions to the issue of conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2011, HP and its partners made significant progress on several fronts, including conducting due diligence of HP’s supply chain and supporting the development of an industry due diligence approach. 

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Ethics and human rights

Solutions for Hope

HP announced its participation in Solutions for Hope, a project led by major capacitor manufacturer AVX Corporation Solutions for Hope, has achieved the first validated source of conflict-free tantalum ore from the Democratic Republic of Congo. HP intends to incorporate AVX’s conflict-free tantalum capacitors in HP products when the capacitors become available.

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Privacy

Served as a Trusted Advisor to the European Commission and data protection regulators

In 2012, HP provided a detailed response to the EU’s public consultation on proposed data protection regulation and consulted with key stakeholders. We emphasized the need to develop law that promotes innovation, protects consumer rights, streamlines data protection rules, and builds trust in the cloud.

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Privacy

APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules

HP remains actively involved in implementing the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules system to reduce barriers to information flows, enhance consumer privacy, and promote interoperability across regional data privacy regimes.

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Privacy

Colombian privacy law

HP has been working with the Ministry of Commerce and business groups in Colombia to contribute to the country’s base privacy law, and regulations and provide industry comments. When implemented, this will be the first of a “new generation” of laws that integrate traditional concepts of privacy with innovative new approaches. 

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Ethics and human rights

HP global sales force anti-corruption training

We require all sales employees globally to complete scenario-based anticorruption training.

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Environmental sustainability

Energy-efficient Kyoto Wheel heat exchanger at Streetsville data center

HP’s new Streetsville data center in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, will be HP’s first data center to use a “Kyoto Wheel” heat exchanger for its primary cooling. The technology reduces the need for mechanical cooling by transferring heat to the outside air stream through a heat wheel heat exchanger. 

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Ethics and human rights

Support for free trade agreements

In 2011, the United States Congress passed free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. HP executives and employees supported these FTAs by writing more than 1,000 letters to members of Congress and composing opinion editorial pieces that were featured in local publications in Washington, D.C. 

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Environmental sustainability

Renewable energy at HP facilities

HP is committed to maintaining renewables as a part of our energy mix to make continued progress in emissions reductions. We estimate that nearly 500 solar panels installed at HP’s facilities in Bad Homburg and Böblingen, Germany, will generate approximately 190,000 kWh of electricity per year.

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HP supports international action to address climate change

Because we believe that energy-efficient HP technology can be a catalyst in meeting the challenge of climate change, we again participated in the United Nations Climate Change Conference. For the second consecutive year, HP was selected as the primary provider of low-carbon IT solutions for the conference.

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Environmental sustainability

The 2°C Challenge Communiqué

HP is an official signatory of The 2°C Challenge Communiqué, a statement from more than 400 international businesses that calls on governments to take action at a national level to ensure a successful transition to green growth and a climate-resilient economy.

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Environmental sustainability

Expanding the Energy Efficiency Partnership program in China

As a charter member of the BSR Energy Efficiency Partnership program in China, HP helps suppliers reduce energy use and lower costs. Through June 2011, participating HP suppliers reported that they saved a total of 6 million kWh. 

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Optimizing product transport networks

HP began manufacturing some desktop PCs and monitors bound for the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Africa in Corlu, Turkey, instead of in the Czech Republic. This shift converted shipments from air to ocean, reducing costs and decreasing fuel-related GHG emissions by more than 30%.[1]

[1]Calculation based on GHG Protocol weight/distance method. 

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Environmental sustainability

Warehouse consolidation to optimize transport networks

HP consolidated three West Coast warehouses into one—reducing total square footage, improving operational and energy efficiencies, and increasing outbound freight consolidation. With inbound freight now shipped to a single port and consolidated for distribution, we were able to decrease average transport distance per shipment by approximately 200 road miles. 

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Environmental sustainability

SmartWay transportation network

In the USA and Canada, all HP consumer products are shipped using a network composed entirely of surface transportation carriers certified by SmartWay, a collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the freight transportation industry that aims to reduce fuel consumption and GHG and other air emissions. 

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Environmental sustainability

Helping customers achieve energy certifications

As of April 2012, HP Critical Facilities Services had designed more than 60% of all LEED® certified data centers. We’ve also helped customers achieve such key energy certifications as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Standard for Data Centers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® for Data Centers, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Save Energy Now.

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Privacy

Helping protect data privacy in Europe

HP is one of only a few U.S.-based, multinational companies that have been granted Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) certification by European data protection authorities for having programs in place that uphold the European Directive for privacy when transferring data between countries. 

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