The mission of HP’s Supply Chain Responsibility and Human Rights program is to protect and empower workers and reduce global and community environmental impacts while simultaneously creating benefits for HP and our customers. Together with our suppliers, we collaborate to improve working conditions, enhance environmental performance, and source minerals responsibly.
Our supplier sustainability management system begins with industry-leading policies, standards, and practices founded on our commitment to transparency and desire to support workers, tackle environmental impacts, and benefit HP and our customers. We start with extensive risk sensing to keep us up to date with sustainability issues, region by region and supplier by supplier. This informs our program design, which we tailor to address specific risks and reflect regional characteristics.
Our policies and standards establish clear requirements covering labor, health and safety, environment, and ethics for our suppliers to effectively drive improvements in their sustainability management. The closely related elements of sensing risk and addressing risk are part of a holistic approach of identifying and mitigating sustainability issues, which includes awareness of geographic risks, labor trends, and other factors. To minimize the potential for supply chain-related risks, we work with suppliers and other stakeholders to protect workers and raise standards. We are transparent about the challenges we face, understanding that many issues are too complex to address alone and require input and collaboration from various players including the workers themselves. Our commitment is consistent with the expectations of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for companies’ due diligence.
In 2017, HP reinforced its strong leadership in the sustainability space by setting three new goals that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and HP’s new sustainability strategy. These goals reinforce much of the work HP did in the last decade to protect and empower workers in its supply chain and drive improvements in sustainability across its supplier base.
Our 2025 goals, among others include:
- Develop skills and improve well-being of 500,000 factory workers by 2025, since the beginning of 2015.
Working with nonprofit partners, we conduct capability building and well-being programs that support workers’ safety, work/life balance, health, and financial security. We pay attention to vulnerable groups including women and students as well as foreign migrant workers.
Progress: 12,000 supplier factory workers participated in 10 programs in three countries, bringing the total to 255,400 workers trained since the beginning of 2015.
- Double the participation of factories in supply chain sustainability programs
To increase impact and elevate sustainability practices in more supplier factories, we have set a goal to double factory participation in our supply chain sustainability programs by 2025, compared to 2015. Our supply chain is expansive, and we are committed to increasing both the number of suppliers that participate in our programs and the depth of their engagement. To have the greatest impact, we match suppliers with programs that best meet their needs.
- Help suppliers cut 2 million tonnes of CO2e emissions between 2010 and 2025
Progress: 1.16 Million tonnes of CO2e emissions avoided by suppliers.
In 2018, the factory participation rate fell slightly compared to our baseline. This reflects changes in the composition of our supply chain in 2018. Shifts in manufacturing led to a reduction in suppliers previously engaged in our program. We will continue to focus on increasing participation—deepening engagement with suppliers who already have strong management systems and coaching smaller spend and sub-tier suppliers to improve the maturity of their sustainability management. Due to activities underway, we anticipate this percentage will increase in 2019.
We will continue to collaborate with local organizations to strengthen factory workers’ awareness and skills, through programs including women’s leadership, peer advice, and personal protection. This focus has been integral to our supply chain responsibility program for over a decade.
To learn more about HP Supply Chain Sustainability, see our site at http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/global-citizenship/society/supplychain.html