Corporate affairs

We advocate for laws and regulations that encourage economic growth and innovation

As a leading global IT 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 development, foster innovation and create a better future in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. This approach is fundamental to our broader Living Progress strategy.

HP’s public policy work complies with all applicable national and international laws as well as our own strict Standards of Business Conduct (SBC).

Collaboration

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 Corporate Affairs website.

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

Policy priorities

Our public policy work focuses on five areas critical to our business:

  • Technology policy - We support regulatory frameworks that enhance cyber security and encourage growth of innovative technologies such as cloud and big data. HP is helping to shape laws and regulations that enhance cyber defenses and improve threat information sharing, preserve cross-border data flow, provide flexibility on server locations, and ensure robust privacy and data protection frameworks. We advocate for international technology standards and encourage governments to prioritize technologies from vibrant open source communities, such as OpenStack® for interoperable and flexible global cloud infrastructure.
  • Tax and economic incentives - HP promotes tax policies and economic incentives that encourage innovation, growth, and job creation. In the United States, we support comprehensive tax reform to reflect the 21st century global marketplace and incentives for innovation such as the research and development tax credit. Globally, we are monitoring and engaged with international tax reform efforts through the G-20 and OECD.
  • Market access - HP supports open markets for IT goods and services, which will encourage global innovation and access to technology. HP supports renewal of Trade Promotion Authority in the U.S., as well as expansion of the Information Technology Agreement and conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement, and Trade in Services Agreement to liberalize markets for our products and services and increase transparency in government procurement, regulations, and standards. HP also supports clear rules to protect intellectual property, labor standards, and the environment.
  • Intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting - Protection of intellectual property, including HP’s 34,000+ patents, is essential to our business success and ongoing innovation in the IT sector. We seek to eliminate counterfeit products in priority regions by engaging directly with governments, supporting public awareness campaigns, and advocating for procurement best practices. HP supports reforms to strengthen the U.S. patent system, improve patent quality, and curb excessive patent litigation in the courts and at the International Trade Commission.
  • Social and environmental responsibility - HP promotes public policies that support economic, environmental, and human progress. Our wholly integrated Living Progress approach inspires us to deploy transformative solutions that leverage HP’s innovative technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges in healthcare, education, and the environment.

Political engagement

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 committees 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.

Where permissible, limited political contributions are made outside the United States.

As part of its commitment to transparency, HP is pleased to provide the following reports detailing

For complete information detailing HP’s contributions and approach to public policy, please download our Living Progress Report. To view data and goals from across our global citizenship efforts, visit the data and goals dashboard.