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In 1947, Dave Packard said “The betterment of society is not a job to be left to a few. It’s a responsibility to be shared by all.” Today, global citizenship remains a core value and one of our seven corporate objectives. With operations in more than 170 countries, our scale means we can positively impact critical issues affecting communities worldwide. Global citizenship is incorporated into our business strategy, guiding where we apply our technologies, influence and expertise to drive shared value and create a positive impact worldwide. Our global citizenship commitments include, but are not limited to, energy and climate change, education, healthcare, and betterment of the society through respect for universal human rights and the environment, acting with integrity and accountability and operating responsibly and sustainably.


The policy focuses on the social and environmental areas which have been identified as priorities for our industry and broadly defines how HP integrates global citizenship in our operations.


HP’s policy and practices are based on the following principled commitments:


HP engages globally with diverse stakeholders and experts to develop progressive policies and management systems. The HP Global Citizenship Policy is maintained by the HP Global Citizenship Council (GCC). The GCC has executive VP level sponsorship and is comprised of senior managers and subject matter experts. All HP managers, employees, partners, and suppliers are expected to support the implementation of the HP Global Citizenship Policy and sub-policies listed below:

HP Standards of Business Conduct (SBC) sets non-negotiable global expectations for our behaviors, decisions, and actions and defines how we embed integrity, respect, and fairness into business operations. It represents the highest level of guidance for our employees. The SBC promotes respect for human rights through guidance on a wide range of subjects, including a safe and respectful working environment, anti-bribery requirements, privacy, responsible marketing, environmental stewardship, and community involvement.

In these and other areas, we will abide by whichever sets a higher standard: our policies or local law. Annual training on the SBC is mandatory and the SBC includes links to relevant policies, as well as questions and answers, key tips, and advisories to assist in applying the SBC to situations that may be encountered. Within HP, managers are responsible for ensuring adherence to our global personnel policies and guidelines.

As part of our implementation, HP supplements the SBC with the following more specific policies: HP Nondiscrimination Policy; HP Harassment-free Work Environment Policy; HP Best Work Environment Policy; and HP Open Door Policy.

Policies supplementing the SBC for Suppliers, Partners and Contingent Workers include:

HP Supplier Code of Conduct (Electronic Industry Code of Conduct) establishes standards for HP and our supply chain to ensure that working conditions are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that business operations are environmentally responsible and conducted ethically. The Code outlines standards for labor, including: freely chosen employment, child-labor prohibition, working hours limitations, humane treatment, appropriate wages and benefits, non-discrimination, and freedom of association.

The Code also outlines standards for health and safety, business ethics, and the environment. Finally, the Code outlines the elements of an acceptable system to manage conformity to its requirements and includes guidance for grievance mechanisms and corrective action. We respect employees’ rights to organize in labor unions and engage in collective bargaining in accordance with local laws and established practice.

HP Partner Code of Conduct requires Partners to maintain high standards of business ethics; become familiar with and comply with all laws that are relevant to their HP Partner status, including the extraterritorial laws of all countries that govern the conduct of HP, such as the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), the United Kingdon Bribery Act, and similar anti-corruption laws in other countries; and stay abreast of all legal and regulatory changes that are relevant to their HP Partner status.

Contingent Worker Code of Conduct ensures all suppliers, consultants, and contractors doing business with HP agree to deliver their services in a manner consistent with HP’s code of ethics (Standards of Business Conduct).

HP Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Policy outlines our commitment to provide products and services that are safe to use and environmentally sound throughout their lifecycles, conduct our operations in an environmentally responsible manner, including pollution prevention and resource conservation (including water), and create health and safety practices and work environments that enable HP employees to work injury-free. HP’s supply chain requirements are specified in the HP Supply Chain Social and Environmental Responsibility Policy.

HP Global Master Privacy Policy demonstrates our respect for the right to privacy and guides the collection, processing, transfer, use, and disposition of personal information. Our privacy policies reflect current global principles, standards, and best practices on handling personal information. These principles include appropriate notice, meaningful choice, transparency, and accountability regarding the collection and use of personal data. HP privacy policies and data protection requirements extend to all persons or agencies that manage personal data on HP’s behalf.

HP Global Human Rights Policy upholds our responsibility to respect human rights and avoid complicity in human rights abuses as reflected in the United Nations (UN)Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the UN Global Compact, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

This is a version of the internal HP policy, HP’s Commitment to Global Citizenship, 06-Jun-2012, prepared for the HP portal.

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