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.
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 2018, HP ranked #12 of 42 global IT companies and #48 overall, of 312 brands assessed. On the IPE Supply Chain Climate Action Index, HP ranked #8 of 113 brands.
To determine whether our suppliers met local air, water pollution, and waste laws, in 2018 we cross-checked supplier sites representing 95% of our spend against IPE’s public database of environmental violations and collaborated with first-tier manufacturing suppliers in China to determine whether sub-tier suppliers complied with local environmental laws. This review of over 500 sub-tier suppliers identified 56 with reported violations. We continue working with the relevant first-tier suppliers and IPE to address and resolve these issues.
Pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTR) involve companies submitting to a public database inventories of substances released. In 2018, HP collaborated with IPE to engage four final assembly sites in China, representing 69% of our final assembly supplier spend, to submit through IPE’s PRTR system.