Living Progress strategy

We are driving human, economic and environmental progress

Since 1957, corporate citizenship has helped guide how HP does business. Today, everything we do seeks to address societal challenges in ways that benefit our company while also delivering wider human, economic, and environmental value.

This approach is rooted in Living Progress, our framework for thinking about how we do business. Launched in 2013, Living Progress inspires us to find transformative solutions that both address some of the world’s toughest challenges and create new market opportunities for HP. This wholly integrated approach means that we consider human, economic, and environmental impact as we develop products, services, and solutions, manage our operations, and interact with our customers, partners, and communities. Living Progress informs everything we do and how we do it.

Our goal is to create a better future for everyone through our actions and innovations. For examples of how we are achieving this across our value chain, see our 2014 Living Progress Report.

Advancing Living Progress

We are making strong progress toward developing, implementing, and scaling approaches and social investments that further human, economic and environmental progress. In its first year, HP Living Progress has galvanized our citizenship efforts with an array of initiatives across our value chain and in communities around the world.

In September 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 Apollo System and HP PageWide Technology – continued to enable significant advances in energy efficiency and computing power. Our commitment to transparency was rewarded with the highest possible CDP disclosure score — 100 points — and an A rating on performance.

CEO Meg Whitman and Chief Progress Officer Gabi Zedlmayer promoted our new strategy and HP’s contributions toward a low-carbon economy at major events including the launch of the CDP 2014 S&P 500 report in New York City, during Climate Week. Across the company, we worked closely with enterprise and public sector customers to extend the benefits of Living Progress to them, while creating business value for HP.


Focusing on the citizenship issues most relevant to our business enables us to better drive human, economic, and environmental progress. In 2014, we updated our 2012 materiality assessment (see graphic below) to ensure HP focuses and reports on the most pressing sustainable development 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 is in our data-rich society. We also identified intellectual property protection as a new material issue.

HP 2014 materiality assessment
Human Progress
Economic Progress
Environmental Progress
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

Living Progress is only possible through open dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders such as employees, suppliers, customers, public policy makers, industry bodies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and sector experts.

In 2014, we shared our Living Progress story through social media, including a customized Twitter platform with media partners. We also launched a new method for receiving stakeholder feedback. The HP Living Progress Exchange (LPX) brings together creative thinkers and sustainability leaders from diverse industries and organizations to crowdsource solutions to challenges that hold back human, economic, and environmental progress. So far, we have hosted six live, in-person sessions at events around the world, and two global, online sessions. Read our LPX summary report or watch this video.

Global citizenship governance

Strong leadership, sound governance, and active employee participation throughout HP are the foundation of Living Progress. Our Vice President of Living Progress and Chief Progress Officer leads the effort to make Living Progress a positive 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 functions ensure our company-wide commitment to and alignment with HP’s global citizenship objectives and are responsible for advancing HP Living Progress 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.