HP hits supplier responsibility goals

18 June 2012

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18 June 2012 | Kamalpreet Badasha

HP achieved all but one of its five goals for supply chain responsibility in 2011.

The HP 2011 Global Citizenship Report revealed the technology business’ responsibility targets focused mainly on educating its workforce and suppliers. These five aims were part of 49 goals in total, divided into the two areas of society and environment, with 18 and 31 goals for each respectively.

HP improved, but did not fully achieve its goal of increasing social and environmental responsibility awareness and implementing capability building programmes for non-production suppliers that provide services related to HP products. Capability building programmes educate workers on issues including labour rights and the goal had been to introduce them to 25 vendors in China and a further 25 in India. HP managed to introduce the programme to 21 suppliers in China and 10 in India in 2011.

But the company did achieve the four other supply chain goals it had set itself. Suppliers representing more than 50 per cent high-risk production spend, such as those based in politically volatile areas, had to report key performance indicators to ensure potential problems could be solved quickly.

In addition, HP trained 16,800 staff under the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Code of Conduct, beating its target of 13,000 by the end of 2011. It also put 9,000 graduate and 4,000 student workers through its pre-departure training programme, which prepares them for working life. Another aim was to educate 50,000 workers on health issues, which it also met.

HP is also working towards ensuring that minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are conflict-free and joined the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade, an organisation working to develop secure supply chains sourcing conflict-free minerals.

The company plans to continue working on the traceability of its mineral in its supply chain and publishing details.

Other achievements detailed in the report included the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from HP’s operations by 20 per cent between 2005 and 2011, two years ahead of schedule. And a range of HP products such as notebooks, inkjet printers and servers now consume 50 per cent less energy.

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