HP works to build strong, mutually productive relationships with our diverse stakeholders. We engage them to understand their perspectives and respond to their global citizenship expectations, as well as to gain their insights into emerging trends, risks, and opportunities. In turn, we share our positions, progress, and challenges on key issues such as sustainable product design, climate change, and supply chain responsibility, and demonstrate how global citizenship is integral to our business and brand.

We provide more detail on our relationships with many stakeholder groups throughout this report. They include:

We also belong to numerous membership organizations focused on a wide range of global citizenship issues.

2010 highlights

In 2010, we engaged with NGOs and other stakeholder groups in areas such as:

Environmental sustainability

HP collaborates with organizations on environmental issues including energy use and climate change. For details on our 2010 work with governments and industry groups in this area, see Energy and climate – Collaboration. In addition, HP formed the HP Executive Environmental Advisory Council (EEAC) to gain insights and feedback on environmental sustainability. Learn more about the EEAC.

The Climate Group

In 2010, HP held quarterly discussions on a variety of topics, including climate issues, with the Climate Group, an NGO that works internationally with business and government leaders to advance practical policies and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and drive a prosperous low-carbon economy. During the COP 16 conference, HP sponsored the Climate Leaders Summit 2010 , which highlighted the initiatives and actions that business and political leaders are taking to create economic growth and jobs, and develop low-carbon solutions.

World Wildlife Fund

HP continues to work with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on environmental issues. Together, we are leveraging our experience in technology innovation and conservation to reduce GHG emissions, improve energy use, protect forests, influence policymakers on climate change, and showcase low-carbon information technology (IT) solutions.

Energy and climate change

In 2010, we renewed our commitment to WWF Climate Savers  and continued to work toward our goals to reduce GHG emissions in our operations and product energy consumption. For more information about our progress during the year, see Energy and climate - Operations and Product, services and software use.

In addition, HP has sponsored a WWF project to assess adaptation to climate change. HP is providing WWF with resources to develop an extensive database and mapping tool that tracks the distribution of species in relationship to the shifting climate.

Responsible forestry management

HP is a member of the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) in North America, a WWF initiative linking more than 275 companies globally that share a commitment to responsible forestry. We are engaging suppliers and educating customers about HP's commitment in this area, and WWF is providing technical assistance that will help us achieve our responsible paper-sourcing goals.

Our Environmentally Preferable Paper Policy details HP's principles for buying, selling, and using paper and paper-based packaging. It also outlines HP's goal to increasingly source paper from suppliers that demonstrate responsible forestry and manufacturing practices, reduce the paper we use in our operations, and recycle paper when possible.

Learn more about HP's paper use and how we are increasingly offering paper from sustainable sources.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change seeks to inform the design and implementation of federal policies that will significantly reduce GHG emissions. In 2010, HP committed to serve as the sole sponsor of the Pew Center's research report on how companies innovate to develop low-carbon solutions. Scheduled for publication in fall 2011, the report will include survey results from more than 50 Fortune 500 companies, case studies from leading companies, including HP, and best practices for establishing management structures and financial mechanisms that reward innovative behavior in this area. After publication, HP will work with the Pew Center to communicate the report's key findings to influential leaders in the business, policy, and NGO communities.

Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)

GeSI  is an international strategic partnership of information and communication technology (ICT) companies and industry associations committed to creating and promoting technologies and practices that foster economic, environmental, and social sustainability, and drive economic growth and productivity. In 2010, HP supported GeSI's development of an assessment methodology and accompanying report  to evaluate the carbon reduction impacts of ICT.


HP holds quarterly discussions with Ceres , a network of investors, environmental organizations, and other public interest groups working to address sustainability challenges. We seek their input on HP's efforts in environmental sustainability and their advice on furthering employee engagement in this area. The report by Ceres, The 21st Century Corporation , highlights HP's sustainability efforts.

Forum for the Future

In 2010, HP hosted representatives from Forum for the Future , to tour HP's Wynyard data center and the "closed loop" recycling center HP uses in Montreal. In addition, Peter Madden, Forum's CEO , chaired an HP-hosted sustainability summit on low-carbon solutions, for which participants in Berlin, Geneva, London, and Paris met virtually via HP Visual Collaboration studio. For Madden's perspective on the summit and HP's technology, visit Forum of the Future's blog .

Greenpeace International

HP communicates with Greenpeace on a regular basis regarding topics such as forestry, climate, and our ongoing efforts to phase out substances of concern from our products.

We participate in the Greenpeace Cool IT Challenge, which evaluates global IT companies on their leadership in addressing climate change. HP was included in the April 2010 leaderboard , receiving high marks for our commitment to reduce the GHG emissions of HP-owned and HP-leased facilities.

HP also works with Greenpeace in its assessment of our products and services for its Guide to Greener Electronics . In 2010, HP moved to 4th place from 14th, in part as a result of our progress in phasing out polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from our products. See the Materials section for more information. HP also received recognition from Greenpeace for the progress we've made in reducing the carbon footprint of our operations and supply chain.

In January 2011, HP products were featured in five categories in the Greenpeace annual Green Electronics Survey . The HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra-slim Desktop PC ranked first in the desktop category.

Supply chain responsibility

Collaboration is key to raising social and environmental responsibility (SER) standards in our supply chain and helping our suppliers build their SER capabilities. We align our supply-chain SER efforts with our peers, and collaborate with other organizations to tackle pressing SER issues.

For example, in 2010 we worked with Inno Community Development Organisation to educate employers about the risks of discriminating against employees who carry the hepatitis B virus (see case study). Please see Supply chain responsibility—Collaboration and Supply chain responsibility—Capability building for additional details about our efforts in 2010.

Human rights

HP works with organizations worldwide on a range of issues related to human rights.

Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI)

HP was one of eight leading multinationals invited to found and steer the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights  (GBI), the successor to the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR). As a member of the GBI steering committee, we are charged with demonstrating leadership in respecting human rights. We also contribute to the development of practical approaches to human rights issues by testing emerging best practices in our operations and supply chain. Through GBI, in 2010 we supported the work of UN Special Representative John Ruggie by raising awareness of and advancing the human rights agenda within the business community. For more information on our work in this area, see Human rights.

Conflict minerals

HP is engaged with NGOs, industry groups, and others to create an approach that aims to ensure that the sourcing of tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold for IT products does not support armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In 2010, we remained involved with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Extractives Working Group in a range of activities. We were also one of a select group of corporations to join socially responsible investment (SRI) organizations and NGOs in providing recommendations to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding rulemaking in this area. For more information on our collaborations in this area, see Conflict minerals.


HP works with regulators, industry, and consumer advocates to develop new frameworks for protecting privacy and personal data. For more information about our efforts in 2010, see Privacy.