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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.
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 - HP supports 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. HP also supports agreements that include clear rules to protect intellectual property, labor standards, and the environment.
- Intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting - HP’s 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. HP supports 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 responsibility - Working closely with governments and other progressive companies, HP helps drive advances in public policy that address global environmental and social concerns.
HP has a long-standing tradition of civic engagement. Our involvement in the political process and global public policy debate is a natural extension of our core values and we consider it an important, necessary and appropriate part of doing business.
One part of that engagement includes participating in the political process in the United States through political contributions. HP contributes corporate dollars to U.S. state and local candidates and ballot measures where allowed. These contributions are consistent with our policy positions and corporate political guidelines.
U.S. law prohibits corporate contributions to federal political candidates. However, eligible employees can make individual donations to the HP Political Action Committee (HP PAC). The HP PAC is bipartisan and contributes to campaigns and committees for congressional candidates who share our policy views. Contributions to fund the HP PAC, a separate legal entity, are voluntary.
HP does not make political contributions outside the United States.
As part of its commitment to transparency, HP is pleased to provide the following reports detailing
- HP’s policies for corporate and PAC political contributions
- HP’s criteria for approving political contributions
- HP employees or departments responsible for approving contributions
- Candidates and groups that received HP corporate contributions
- Candidates and groups that received HP PAC contributions
- Section 527 organizations that received corporate contributions from HP
For complete information detailing HP’s contributions and 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.
- Global citizenship strategy
- Affiliations and memberships
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