In 2010, HP formed the Executive Environmental Advisory Council (Council), comprised of a group of high-profile business leaders who bring their unique perspective and insight on various aspects of the rapidly evolving field of environmental sustainability to the world's largest information technology (IT) company. The 12 experts, all from outside of HP, include industry, corporate, and nongovernmental leaders, as well as prominent members from academia and the venture capital community. The Council includes members from General Electric, United Parcel Service, Pacific Gas & Electric, Siemens AG, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, The University of California-Berkeley, Business for Social Responsibility, and Natural Resources Defense Council, among others.
The Council challenges HP to further its leadership in environmental sustainability by providing insights on emerging trends and critical feedback on the company's direction. The composition of the Council and meeting agendas are designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Solicit feedback and inform the direction of HP's environmental strategy.
- Deepen HP's understanding of major environmental trends, building greater capacity for strategic decision making.
- Provide thought leaders with a preview of HP research and innovation in the area of environmental sustainability.
- Reinforce sustainability among HP's most senior executives as a key business driver.
Council members provide a minimum two-year commitment under a nondisclosure agreement with HP, and convene in person every six months, with additional virtual meetings held to solicit insights and ideas from members on topics of strategic importance.
The Council met twice in 2010, each time in full-day sessions with HP senior leaders, including members of HP's Executive Team. The group discussed the company's strengths, gaps, and opportunities across the many facets of sustainability, including research in HP's Sustainable IT Ecosystem Lab, public policy, supply chain strategies, and go-to-market activities. The Council will meet again in the spring of 2011.