It is vital that our employees understand and support our global citizenship programs. We regularly share progress, highlight volunteer opportunities and host educational events on environmental sustainability and social innovation, as well as provide training in areas such as HP Eco Solutions advocacy, ethics and privacy.
In addition, we offer employees resources and tips on subjects such as saving energy and helping local schools apply for HP educational grants. More than 50 employee councils at HP sites around the world support local implementation of corporate initiatives, including global citizenship.
Following are examples of how HP employees engaged with and promoted global citizenship in 2009. (See Employee volunteerism for additional examples.)
HP Sustainability Network
The HP Sustainability Network helps employees learn about and share environmental practices that benefit both the company and the planet. There are currently 26 chapters across all of our regions. Fourteen of those chapters were added in 2009. Projects vary from chapter to chapter, but include conducting on-site energy audits, eliminating the use of polystyrene foam cups at work and creating organic gardens on HP campuses.
Each year the Sustainability Network and other local teams organize Earth Day, United Nations World Environment Day, Earth Hour and Green Week events on HP campuses. In 2009, more than 20 offices in ten countries worldwide organized local events for employees to recognize and celebrate these days. Activities included information fairs, bike tune-up clinics, free hardware recycling and tree planting.
Our internal Environment@HP website educates employees about environmental issues such as climate change and encourages them to reduce their impact at work and at home.
On the site, employees can find out how to get involved with their local HP Sustainability Network, tap into training opportunities, get updates on new HP employee and customer programs, and find resources for measuring and reducing their environmental impact in the workplace and at home. For example, employees can borrow an HP Green Home Kit, a set of tools to evaluate indoor temperature, energy consumption and water use.
Power to Change@Work
In 2009, HP launched the Power to Change campaign to encourage employees and customers to turn off their PCs when not in use to save energy. T he campaign used an online community, referral networks and a collective tally of savings to illustrate that small changes can make a large impact. During the campaign, more than 32,000 people—5,800 of whom were HP employees—downloaded a desktop widget, also available free to the public, helping them track energy savings generated by powering down PCs when not in use.
HP employees also use the Power to Change website to connect with and recruit additional participants around the world. Collectively, HP employees have successfully referred 3,700 friends and family to join the campaign.
In addition, 14 HP sites across four continents representing 30,000 employees joined the Power to Change@Work Challenge, which encouraged employees to save energy by turning off conference room lights and office equipment. More than 100 volunteers conducted two energy audits four months apart, checking lights and equipment in 7,000 cubes and 1,100 conference rooms. The HP San Diego campus led all the other competing sites and achieved a 48 percent reduction in lights and equipment left on after hours.
Green Advocates training program
HP in Canada encourages participation in the Green Advocates training program, which educates and empowers employees to become ambassadors of the company’s environmental initiatives.
By completing a variety of training modules throughout the year, employees become familiar with the HP Eco Solutions portfolio and learn about topics such as environmental management systems, energy efficiency and climate change, HP Eco Highlights labels and the concept of carbon footprints. After training, employees are better equipped to address the environmental issues that are top-of-mind for our customers and partners. Since the program launched in 2008, over 180 employees in Canada have become Green Advocates.
Eco Solutions Advocate program
HP launched the Eco Solutions Advocate program for U.S. employees in 2009. The program educates HP employees about environmental issues and HP’s commitment to environmental sustainability, and provides employees with the resources they need to talk with customers about HP’s environmental stewardship and solutions. To date, 69 employees have requested training to be an HP Eco Solutions Advocate.
Learn more about global citizenship in EMEA, by watching this video.