Sustainability strategy

We are igniting innovation that creates a brighter future for everyone

Since its inception, corporate citizenship has helped guide how HP does business. Today, everything we do is designed to help create a more sustainable business and society.

At HP, sustainability extends beyond global citizenship. It supports our business strategies and helps us meet our customers’ needs, engage and develop our people, and deliver profitable growth and business stability over the long-term. In support of this approach, we engineer and deliver ground-breaking solutions with sustainability in mind. These solutions help us strengthen our communities; minimize the environmental footprint of our customers, operations, and supply chain; and act with integrity and respect for human rights around the world.

Our actions and investments ignite innovation that creates a brighter future for everyone. For examples of how we are achieving this across our value chain, see our 2014 Living Progress Report.

Advancing sustainability

We continually develop, implement, and scale programs and social investments that transform how people work and live. For example in 2014, we announced a goal to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of our product portfolio1 by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels2 . This made us the only global IT company to have set GHG emissions reduction targets for all three parts of its value chain.

We also introduced our Foreign Migrant Worker Standard to provide better protection for this vulnerable group of workers in our supply chain. Innovation in our products – such as the HP PageWide Technology – continued to enable significant advances in energy efficiency.

Our commitment to transparency was rewarded with the highest possible CDP disclosure score — 100 points — and an A rating on performance.


In 2014 we updated our 2012 materiality assessment (see graphic below) to ensure HP focuses and reports on the most pressing sustainability issues that impact, and can be affected by, our company.

Key themes that emerged and will influence our evolving strategy included the imperative to develop products and solutions that benefit society as well as our customers, and the paramount importance of protecting customer privacy in our data-rich society. We also identified intellectual property protection as a new material issue.

HP 2014 materiality assessment
Non-GHG air emissions
Responsible paper sourcing
Acces to technology
Freedom of expression
Energy and GHG emissions in
operations and supply chain
Waste and hazardous materials in
operations and supply chain
Water in operations and supply chain
Use of substances of concern in products
Supply chain codes, standards,
and engagement
Responsible sourcing of minerals
Product energy efficiency
Product life cycle management
IT as a sustainability solution
Social application of IT
Labor practices in supply chain
Biodiversity impacts
Human trafficking in supply chain
Public policy engagement
Board structure and independence
Intellectual property protection
Responsible marketing
Product transport and logistics
Sale and misuse of IT products
and services
Ethical behavior and
business partnerships
Transparency, accountability,
and reporting
Bribery and corruption
Diversity and inclusion
Cyber security
Executive compensation
Lobbying and political contributions
Employee travel
Circular economy
Natural disaster relief
Relationships with law enforcement agencies
Collaborative economy
Employee volunteerism
Supplier diversity
Network resilience
Supply chain resilience
Occupational health and safety
Workforce management
Employee training and development
Employee wellness and benefits
Levels of taxation

The issues in the boxes shaded in white meet the materiality threshold for the HP 2014 Living Progress Report. Shown in gray are critical issues that may not meet the materiality threshold currently but require regular monitoring. For our full materiality matrix, please see our report.

Stakeholder engagement

We engage in ongoing open dialogues with stakeholders, including suppliers, customers, public policy makers, industry bodies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and sector experts. We work closely with organizations and companies dedicated to addressing global citizenship issues—sharing ideas, successes, and best practices that accelerate the creation and deployment of solutions.

We tap into our most important assets—our employees—to help us deliver on our sustainability goals. We encourage our employees and support their passions by making long-term investments in programs that promote employee engagement around the world

Global citizenship governance

Strong leadership, sound governance, and active employee participation throughout HP form the foundation of our sustainability work. Our Head of Sustainability leads the effort to ensure our sustainability work serves as a driving force for our company.

The HP Board of Directors’ Nominating, Governance, and Social Responsibility Committee oversees all the company’s global citizenship efforts. HP’s Executive Council retains overall responsibility for global citizenship as part of our business strategy. Senior leaders reporting to the Executive Council in various business and global ensure our company-wide commitment to and alignment with HP’s global citizenship objectives and are responsible for advancing sustainability company-wide.


1Emissions intensity of the HP product portfolio refers to tonnes CO2e/netrevenue arising from use of high-volume product lines, including notebooks, tablets, desktops, mobile computing devices and workstations; inkjet and LaserJet printers; and HP servers, including industry-standard servers, HP Moonshot and HP Apollo.

2Expressed as emissions generated per unit of output. For printers and personal systems, each product constitutes a unit of output. For servers, each unit of output equals a task performed by the system, as defined by industry standards.