Corporate ethics

At HP, how we do things is as important as what we do. Our corporate values, policies, and training courses set clear expectations for employees, and demonstrate our commitment to the highest ethical standards. We are responsible for our actions, accountable for their consequences, and serious about our efforts.

We also use our scale and influence to encourage ethical behavior beyond our own operations, such as in our supply chain and towards human rights.

Our codes of conduct detail our expectations for employees, contingent workers and anyone doing business with us. These codes include:

Our Ethics and Compliance program provides guidelines to ensure that employees, business partners, and suppliers worldwide engage in lawful and ethical business practices when doing business with us. We respond swiftly to violations and have systems in place for reporting and resolving ethical concerns, in line with our policies and local laws.

Anti-corruption

Corrupt behavior undermines the values on which our company is built, the principles of fair competition, and the rule of law. We do not tolerate corrupt behavior, including bribery or kickbacks, in any circumstance.

Through our Anti-corruption Compliance Program, we promote compliance with relevant laws and regulations, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act, and similar national laws. Our Anti-corruption Policy provides the guidelines and principles to help directors, officers, and employees worldwide uphold our anti-corruption commitment, while our Global Business Amenities Policy establishes limits, approvals, and requirements for employees to follow when providing and receiving business amenities to or from third parties. All employees must also abide by our Political Contributions Policy.

We use internal data and Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index to identify countries at high risk for corrupt activity and raise employee awareness of potential issues in these locations. We also benchmark our program with those of other companies to identify potential improvements. This information helps us to prioritize employee education and training efforts and focus our audits and assessments of our own operations as well as our suppliers and partners.

In 2014, we expanded controls related to third-party due diligence, including those covering suppliers, global logistics service providers, and the re-screening of existing channel reseller partners. We commissioned enhanced due diligence regarding corruption for those with a high risk profile.

For complete information regarding our corporate ethics and anti-corruption policies and practices, please refer to our 2014 Living Progress Report.