In 2008, HP was the first major IT company to publish aggregated supply chain GHG emissions data. Through CDP Supply Chain, we engage with our suppliers and promote disclosure of climate and water risks, governance, and performance. Through our Sustainability Scorecard, we require suppliers to provide environmental data through CDP (including GHG emissions and goals, total and renewable energy use, and water withdrawal), to make CDP responses publicly available, and to publish Global Reporting Initiative-based sustainability reports. In these ways, we improve suppliers’ awareness of environmental impacts and their ability to track and improve performance.
Much of our production supplier base is in China, so we have a particular focus in that area. The Corporate Information Transparency Index, developed by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) and NRDC, evaluates the environmental practices of global brands’ supply chains in China. In 2019, HP ranked #10 among global IT companies and #40 overall, of 438 brands assessed. On the Supply Chain Climate Action Index, developed by IPE and CDP, HP ranked #9 of 440 brands.
During 2019, we continued encouraging our suppliers to submit inventories of substances released through IPE’s public pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR) system.
Also during the year, we cross-checked supplier sites representing 95% of our spend against IPE’s public database of environmental violations. We also collaborated with first-tier manufacturing suppliers in China to determine whether sub-tier suppliers complied with local environmental laws. This review of over 300 sub-tier suppliers identified 13 reported violations. We continue working with the relevant first-tier suppliers and IPE to address and resolve these issues.