Sustainability timeline

  • 1939

    HP founded.

  • 1940

    Recorded first charitable donation: $5 to local charities.

  • 1957

    Citizenship objective established by William Hewlett and David Packard.

  • 1961

    Established HP Core Values.

  • 1979

    Launched HP Standards of Business Conduct.

  • 1979

    Founded The Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation.

  • 1987

    Launched product recycling internally.

  • 1991

    Started HP Planet Partners LaserJet toner cartridge return and recycling program.

  • 1992

    Launched Design for Environment program.

  • 1993

    Published first environmental report.

  • 1997

    Launched HP Planet Partners ink cartridge return and recycling program.

  • 1998

    First online privacy statement published.

  • 2000

    Accessibility Policy published.

  • 2000

    E-inclusion program launched.

  • 2001

    First combined HP Social and Environmental Responsibility Report published.

  • 2002

    Supply Chain Code of Conduct released.

  • 2003

    Published Master Privacy Policy.

  • 2003

    HP recycled plastic included in first hardware product.

  • 2003

    Global Citizenship Policy and Human Rights and Labor Policy adopted.

  • 2007

    Disclosed a comprehensive list of HP suppliers.

  • 2007

    Introduced comprehensive climate change strategy.

  • 2008

    Reported Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for largest suppliers representing more than 80% of the company’s costs for the materials, manufacturing, and assembly of its products worldwide.

  • 2008

    Launched HP Environmentally Preferable Paper Policy.

  • 2008

    Launched the HP “closed loop” ink cartridge recycling process, which combines recycled HP ink cartridge material with recycled plastic bottles to create new Original HP ink cartridges.

  • 2009

    Reduced GHG emissions from operations 10% in absolute terms from 2008 to 2009.

  • 2009

    Introduced HP Compaq 8000f Elite Business Desktop PC, the first Windows-based desktop PC in the industry to be free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from the wall to the mouse for every configuration sold.3

  • 2010

    Reached a milestone by producing 1 billion HP ink cartridges containing post-consumer recycled plastic.2

  • 2010

    Introduced the HP LaserJet Pro P1100 Printer, the most energy-efficient laser printer on the planet, which saves up to 72% on energy costs compared to its predecessor.

  • 2011

    Achieved a 50% reduction in energy consumption of our products by the end of 2011 compared with 2005 levels-exceeding our original goal of a 40% reduction.1

  • 2011

    Reached more than 2 billion pounds of electronic products and supplies recycled since 1987.

  • 2011

    Reduced greenhouse gas emissions from operations 20% between 2005 and 2011, meeting our 2013 goal two years early.

  • 2012

    Collected and reported water consumption of suppliers for the first time.

  • 2012

    Doubled employee volunteer hours, with over 1.4 million hours donated to volunteer projects, valued at more than $85 million.

  • 2013

    First U.S. company to publish a list of smelters/refiners confirmed to be in our supply chain, advancing the use of conflict-free minerals from war-torn parts of Africa.

  • 2013

    Published our first complete carbon footprint, one of the first companies globally to disclose this level of information, helping us earn a top 12 spot in CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 receiving 99 out of a possible 100 points for the CDP Disclosure Score, and the highest CDP Performance Band A.

  • 2014

    Advanced standards to combat forced labor, improving the protection of vulnerable workers in our supply chain.

  • 2014

    Announced our goal to reduce the emissions intensity of our product portfolio by 40% by 2020 compared to 2010 levels.

  • 2014

    Published our complete water footprint.

  • 2015

    In second year of five-year partnership with Kiva, HP employees made loans totaling more than $3.6 million to small business owners through the Matter to a Million program.

  • 2015

    Announced series of LaserJet printers featuring Original HP Toner cartridges with JetIntelligence that use up to 53% less energy than their predecessors.

  • 2014

    HP NETa (National Education Technology Analysis) project commenced in three project schools to explore how mobile 1:1 computing and data analytics transforms teaching and learning.

  • 2013

    HP Catalyst Academy launched in collaboration with the New Media Consortium to provide hands-on online training for teachers.

  • 2013

    Introduced the HP Student and Dispatch Worker Standard for Supplier Facilities in the People’s Republic of China, the first such standard in our industry.

  • 2011

    Developed and launched Social Innovation Relay (SIR) in partnership with JA Europe, a program that challenged students aged 15-18 to develop business concepts to help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.

  • 2010

    HP Catalyst Initiative brought together 56 organizations (K12, Higher Ed, and NGOs) from 15 countries, to form six international consortia exploring innovations in STEM+ learning and teaching, with results summarized in 2013 OECD report.

  • 2007

    Donated $2 million to the World Wildlife Fund to advance the science and education of climate change.

  • 2007

    GET-IT and HELP entrepreneurship programs launched in collaboration with more than 340 training centers in EMEA and APJ, supporting student and entrepreneur IT skills development.

  • 2004

    Co-developed the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct to promote industry standards for socially responsible business practices across global supply chains.

  • 2004

    HP Technology for Teaching established to provide technology and professional development grants for more than 1,200 projects in 41 countries to explore innovations in STEM education.

  • 2001

    Established formal Supply Chain Responsibility program.

  • 2001

    HP Digital Village and i-community initiatives launched.

  • 1997

    Opened first recycling facility in Roseville, California, becoming the only major computer manufacturer to operate its own end-to-end recycling facility.

  • 1993

    Stopped the use of ozone-depleting chemicals in manufacturing operations worldwide, two years ahead of an international ban on production of the chemicals.

  • 1992

    HP Hands-on Science initiative launched, impacting more than 2 million students in the U.S. in eight years.

  • 2012

    HP LIFE e-Learning program launched online, providing free IT and business skills training for anyone with a computer and internet access. As of September 2015, the program had more than 500,000 registered users.

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1 The average energy consumption of HP products is estimated using high-volume product lines representative of the overall shipped product volume. Energy consumption has been estimated in 2005 and annually since. The high-volume product lines include notebook and desktop computers, inkjet and LaserJet printers, and industry-standard servers.

2 As of September 2010. Many Original HP ink cartridges with recycled content include at least 50% recycled plastic by weight. Exact percentage of recycled plastic varies by model over time, based on the availability of the material.

3 HP Compaq 8000f Elite USDT Business PC is brominated flame retardant and polyvinyl chloride-free (BFR/PVC-free), meeting the evolving definition of 'BFR/PVC-free' as set forth in the "iNEMI Position Statement on the 'Definition of Low-Halogen' Electronics (BFR/CFR/PVC-Free)'". Plastic parts contain < 1000 ppm (0.1%) of bromine [if the Br source is from BFRs] and < 1000 ppm (0.1%) of chlorine [if the Cl source is from CFRs or PVC or PVC copolymers]. All printed circuit board (PCB) and substrate laminates contain bromine/chlorine total < 1500 ppm (.15%) with a maximum chlorine of 900 ppm (.09%) and maximum bromine being 900 ppm (.09%).