HP aspires to a world where our products and operations use materials and chemicals that cause no harm. We take a science-based approach to assessing the potential human health and environmental impacts of substances used in making HP products. 


For more than two decades, we have worked to move the electronics industry toward safer alternatives to chemicals of concern.


The HP Materials And Chemical Management Policy guides how we specify materials and chemicals for use in products, packaging, and manufacturing processes. This policy applies to all HP employees and businesses worldwide and extends to our suppliers.


Our approach includes: 

  • Proactively identifying and evaluating materials used in our products and throughout our supply chain—We publish information on the material content of typical HP personal systems and printers. and continue to expand our full materials disclosure program, which requires suppliers to report an ingredients list and the amount of each material used.
  • Prioritizing materials for replacement—We do this by assessing published lists of substances of concern, customer preferences, new or upcoming legal requirements, and sound scientific analysis that reveals a potential impact on human health or the environment.
  • Replacing substances of concern with environmentally preferable alternatives—When exploring safer alternatives to materials currently in use, we follow a precautionary approach and use the National Academies of Science publication “A Framework to Guide Selection of Chemical Alternatives” and incorporate the GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals methodology.

HP contributes to standards, legislation, and improved approaches to materials use in the IT sector. As a participating member of Green America’s Clean Electronics Production Network (CEPN). HP helps drive progress across the industry.


We continually innovate to reduce the use of materials of concern. Highlights in 2020 included: 

  • 77% of personal systems product series are low halogen.
  • 49% of EPEAT registered personal systems products contain GreenScreen Benchmark 2 or 3 plasticizers and flame retardants.
  • In December, we launched five Elite Displays without the video cables and with a PVC-free power cord that uses GreenScreen Benchmark 2 or 3 flame retardants.
  • In the calendar year 2020, about 81% of inkjet printers were shipped without USB cords, reducing total materials weight and PVC usage.
  • All HP workstation PCs, displays, and accessories switched from solvent-based to water-based paints by December 2020, and we are working to transition the remaining personal systems products in 2021.

For more information on our progress toward safer alternatives, see our Green Chemistry Timeline.


To see a copy of HP Materials And Chemical Management Policy, please go to http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/global-citizenship/governance/policies.html


For additional information, see the Products and solutions section of our Sustainable Impact Report: www.hp.com/go/report.