We aspire to a world where our products and operations use materials and chemicals that cause no harm. For more than two decades, we have worked to move the electronics industry toward safer alternatives to chemicals of concern.


Hewlett-Packard Company began proactively eliminating substances of concern in the early 1990s. In 2016, HP participated in the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP), measuring and reporting the total amount of substances of concern in our products in order to establish a baseline and set quantitative goals for improvement. The CFP provides a standard benchmark for companies to evaluate progress toward reducing substances of concern.

Our current efforts to phase out substances of concern mainly focus on phthalates, brominated flame retardants (BFRs), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).


In 2018, 75% of personal systems product groups sold were classified as low halogen(1), while 100% of HP desktop PC external power supplies are low halogen(2).


HP has also reduced PVC usage by shortening power cords and we can provide PVC-free power cords for PCs and printers in many countries worldwide, depending on the product. These initiatives have reduced PVC usage by a total of more than 7,000 tonnes since 2011. HP will continue to advance these product improvements for our personal systems and printers.


HP works closely with suppliers on reducing potential substances of concern. We restrict substances of concern used in product and manufacturing processes through the HP General Specification for the Environment (GSE). Our monitoring and capability-building programs support suppliers in evaluating substances and ensuring proper protection for workers who manufacture and assemble our products.


To learn more about the HP General Specification for the Environment (GSE), see http://www.hp.com/go/sustainability_gse.


See Joint JEDEC/ECA Standard: Definition of “Low-Halogen” for Electronic Products. 

2 Excluding DC cable, AC power cord, and connectors.