We aspire to a world where our products and operations use materials and chemicals that cause no harm. 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.


HP has advocated for legislation to restrict PVC, BFRs, and phthalates because, even though alternatives have been identified for most applications, barriers to adoption remain that include increased cost or limited availability. Without regulatory restriction, widespread adoption of the less hazardous alternatives will not be possible. Here are some key highlights of HP’s advocacy work:

  • Advocated for PVC and BFRs to be considered for inclusion in Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, with HP being one of the few companies that advocated for PVC restrictions.
  • Worked heavily on the advocacy for the European Union (EU) methodology for future substance restrictions, with the result being a workable methodology for the selection of substances. Application of this methodology resulted in PVC being selected as a third-level priority for future RoHS restrictions.
  • Advocated for low halogen1 materials to be reviewed for EU RoHS3.
  • Advocated for and was successful to get Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) restricted along with Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) to avoid regrettable substitutions.


See key milestones in our Green Chemistry Timeline at http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c06048911


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


See Joint JEDEC/ECA Standard: Definition of “Low-Halogen” for Electronic Products.