Strong global citizenship performance depends on leadership, participation, and support throughout an organization, especially for a company as diverse and complex as HP. At HP, this begins at the top.
Global citizenship governance
HP Board of Directors' Nominating and Governance Committee
The Board of Directors’ Nominating and Governance Committee assists the board in fulfilling its responsibilities related to HP's public policy, government affairs, and global citizenship activities. The committee identifies, evaluates, and monitors social, political, and environmental trends and concerns as well as domestic and foreign legislative proposals and regulatory developments that could significantly affect HP’s business. The committee may also report and make recommendations to the board relating to activities, policies, and programs with respect to matters of local, national, and international public policy affecting HP’s business. These may include:
- Trade policy and major legislative and regulatory developments
- Relations with regulators, governmental agencies, public interest groups, and other stakeholders
- HP’s policies with respect to global citizenship
- General guidelines for political contributions
HP Global Citizenship Council
Our Global Citizenship Council promotes and advances global citizenship strategically across HP. It is made up of senior executives from across the company and meets bimonthly to ensure effective governance and integration of strategic priorities. The council seeks input from a cross-section of HP business groups and functions, as well as external stakeholders. It also advises HP's Executive council, which retains overall responsibility for global citizenship as part of our business strategy.
The Global Citizenship Council focuses on measures that integrate global citizenship into day-to-day functions and responsibilities, including:
- Strategy and planning
- Policies and standards
- Compliance and risk mitigation
- Advocacy and engagement
- Performance tracking and reporting
In 2010, the council conducted a comprehensive human rights policy assessment to review our policies against international laws and standards.The insights we gained from this evaluation have helped HP identify new opportunities for improvement and leadership in 2011 and beyond.
HP also maintains separate councils dedicated to global citizenship issues such as the environment, supply chain, ethics, and privacy, as the graphic above illustrates. These councils include leaders with relevant expertise from our business units, regional organizations, and functions. Each council meets periodically to evaluate whether HP's global citizenship strategies are being implemented effectively, and to establish goals and assess progress. To ensure alignment, leaders from each focus area also sit on HP's Global Citizenship Council.