Public Policy

As a global company, we are in a unique position to influence public policies that can have a positive impact on people and communities worldwide. We share our deep industry knowledge and experience with government agencies and regulators to help shape effective policies in areas such as technology development, taxation, market access, environment, and intellectual property (IP) rights. Our objective is to promote laws and regulations that encourage industry growth and innovation in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. HP’s public policy work complies with all applicable national and international laws as well as our own strict Standards of Business Conduct (SBC).


While our in-house Government Relations team leads our public policy engagement, we also work with IT industry associations. These organizations provide a unified voice in discussions with government agencies. We list the major memberships and coalitions HP belongs to worldwide on our Government Relations website.

In regions where we have significant business interests, we also engage external consultants, including professional contract lobbyists. These experts work closely with Government Relations, and abide by national and regional lobbying regulations as well as HP’s SBC.

Policy priorities

Our recent public policy work focuses on five areas:

  • Technology policy - Cloud technology’s continued growth is a strategic priority for HP, and the rapid expansion of cloud computing is attracting attention from governments and regulatory agencies worldwide. HP is helping to shape policies and regulatory frameworks that support the adoption of this new style of IT, advocating for strong privacy and data protection regulations, robust cybersecurity standards, and energy efficient cloud delivery. 
  • Tax and economic incentives - HP promotes tax policies and economic incentives that encourage innovation, growth, and job creation. In the United States, such tax policies include support for an international tax system that reflects the 21st century global marketplace and incentives for innovation such as the research and development tax credit.
  • Market access - We support comprehensive and progressive trade agreements between countries and regions that liberalize markets for our products and services and increase transparency in government procurement, regulations, and standards. We also support agreements that include clear rules to protect intellectual property, labor standards, and the environment.
  • Intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting - Our business is based on innovation and relies on fair and efficient intellectual property protection. However, existing patent systems across different regions do not provide adequate protection for legitimate intellectual property. We support changes to patents and copyright regimes worldwide that would better balance the interests of consumers, technology equipment manufacturers, and intellectual property rights holders.
  • Social and environmental policies - Working closely with governments and other progressive companies, HP helps drive advances in public policy that address global environmental and social concerns.

Political engagement

In 2012, HP contributed $1,422,375 USD to state and local candidates, political memberships or sponsorships, and ballot measure campaigns in the United States. These contributions aligned with our policy positions and complied with HP’s political guidelines, SBC, and applicable laws.

For complete information regarding HP’s approach to public policy, please download our 2012 Global Citizenship Report. To view data and goals from across our global citizenship efforts, visit the data and goals dashboard.