HP requires the specialist vendors that support our reuse and recycling programs to use environmentally responsible processing techniques and to fully comply with all relevant regulations. We also prefer vendors to attain third-party certification (R2 or e-Stewards), where applicable. We contract the consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) to audit our recycling vendors for conformance with the following HP policies and vendor standards:

ERM’s audits assess our vendors’ environmental, health, and safety practices and performance. In addition, they check downstream material flows based on shipment and receipt records to certify no “leakage” of materials to facilities outside our approved vendor network. Nonconforming vendors have 30 days to submit a corrective action plan and 90 days to address those items. In extreme cases, we stop doing business with vendors who lack sufficient transparency or the willingness to make required changes.

Our customers may have confidence knowing HP maintains strong recycling practices. To learn more about our recycling policy, see http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/globalcitizenship/environment/recycle/recycler/index.html.