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Trusted Advisory Network

In 2009, we deepened our engagement with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) through our Trusted Advisory Network (TAN) program, which replaced our Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC).

Introduced in 2007, the standing members of SAC met in full-day sessions with HP senior leaders to broadly discuss global citizenship issues, risks and opportunities. The SAC met for the final time in January 2009, addressing the environmental performance of HP products.

The TAN holds more frequent, focused meetings with a broad set of stakeholders, including investors, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), academia, industry analysts and customers. Stakeholders were selected for their expertise in specific areas. This model offers the advantage of expanding the number and variety of stakeholders we engage, yielding deeper insights and more actionable recommendations. HP held these meetings by phone and in person in 2009, and will leverage our HP Halo solutions by holding upcoming meetings via videoconference to minimize their carbon footprint.

The TAN met four times in 2009. We consulted TAN members on HP’s environmental strategy, human rights issues, our annual Global Citizenship Report, and HP’s efforts to support and enable a low-carbon economy. We carefully consider the group’s input as we continue to develop our programs.

Participants varied depending on the topic, and included NGO representatives with substantial expertise in and influence on environmental and social issues. For example, World Wildlife Fund, Electronics TakeBack Coalition, Forum for the Future, CSR Asia and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility were among the more than 20 NGOs that participated in our TAN in 2009 along with numerous industry analysts, academics and business leaders from other Fortune 500 companies.