Ryan SchuchardManager, Climate and Energy
I have come to view HP as one of the foremost corporate leaders on climate and energy. The company routinely stands out as one of those who goes first, from its disclosure of its list of suppliers (in an industry famous for guarding them as secret), to being an outspoken advocate of progressive climate action in Cancun and beyond.
The company is a known pioneer in showing that transparency is a good thing, as is evidenced by all of its various disclosures. In a similar vein, HP has proven to be a champion for bringing about shared standards and helping stakeholders understand the difficult methodological challenges that stand in the way.
One area I am particularly excited about is HP's involvement as a co-founder of the Energy Efficiency Partnership, a collaboration of 11 companies and 70 suppliers to increase energy management capability in China. HP has played a key role in getting this influential initiative off the ground and, in doing so, raising the bar both for China suppliers and peers by showing that collaboration on climate change between suppliers and buyers is viable.
Going ahead, I'd like to see HP continue to find ways to drive scale and impact on greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain, and encourage its industry to do more. Related to that, a priority should be better understanding and sharing insight about how to best increase supplier interest and investments in energy management.