Hewlett-Packard (HP) is a company with a history of strong global citizenship. Social and environmental responsibility are essential to our business strategy and our value proposition for customers. They are also at the heart of an obligation we all share to help create a sustainable global society. I look forward to helping advance HP's commitment to making a positive difference in the world through our people; our portfolio of products, services and expertise; and our partnerships.
Our workforce of nearly 325,000 talented people is our greatest asset. Through their commitment, HP achieves extraordinary results both in our business and in our communities. With their expertise and innovative drive, we're pursuing a vision of corporate success that goes beyond just creating value for shareholders—we are helping to create a better world.
We're also using our position as the world's largest information technology (IT) company to help address some of society's most pressing challenges. Our strategy is to use our portfolio and expertise to tackle complex issues—such as improving energy efficiency, enhancing the quality and accessibility of education, and making healthcare more affordable, accessible, and effective. We approach these issues in a holistic way, stretching beyond quick fixes and piecemeal solutions.
We recognize that these problems are too big for any single organization to address alone, so we're teaming up with partners worldwide to find solutions. We cultivate relationships with diverse stakeholders, such as industry peers, governments, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). And to promote higher standards across sectors, we endorse the UN Global Compact.
Throughout this report, you'll see numerous examples of how HP works with partners to solve tough problems. For instance, the HP Catalyst Initiative is tearing down obstacles that prevent students from learning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by bringing together some of the world's best educators to devise new ways of teaching. Through our partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), we're helping to reduce AIDS fatalities by bringing technology and healthcare together in innovative ways. And we're helping companies decrease their environmental impact through HP Energy and Sustainability Management (ESM), a portfolio of services that enables companies to better manage their use of energy and other natural resources.
Looking back at the milestones we reached in 2010, I'm proud of HP and our employees. HP's accomplishments span many areas, reflecting the breadth of our business and global scale of our operations. As we look forward, it's more important than ever for us to maintain our momentum, because the challenges we face—and the opportunities before us—have never been greater.
Léo Apotheker, president and chief executive officer