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).

All personal systems and inkjet printer products launched in 2016 have eliminated the phthalates bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)(1). In addition, 75% of personal systems product groups sold in 2016 were classified as low halogen(2), including all HP Elite Desktops, All-in-Ones, notebooks, thin clients, and workstations. All HP disk drives, application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), and memory modules are also classified as low halogen.

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.

1 This does not include external components, mainly cables and external power supplies. 

2 The low-halogen standard = <900 ppm chlorine, <900 ppm bromine, <1,500 ppm chlorine + bromine in any homogeneous material in the products.