The concept of human rights holds that every individual has universal rights and status, regardless of legal jurisdiction. These include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law.
The United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established in 1948, provides the basis for human rights standards. Other sources include:
HP’s Human Rights policy and our supply chain social and environmental responsibility (SER) program reflect these international conventions, as does HP’s Global Citizenship Policy and HP's Policy on Human Rights and Labor. HP supports and respects the protection of international human rights within our sphere of influence and ensures that we are not complicit in human rights abuses. We expect our suppliers to observe the same policies.
HP belongs to the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR), a group of 14 global companies working to protect human rights. The chair is Mary Robinson, president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. She is the former president of Ireland and former UN high commissioner for human rights.
BLIHR strives to find “practical ways of applying the aspirations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights within a business context and to inspire other businesses to do likewise.” HP is committed to sharing our tools and experiences not only within the group but with all interested companies.