We were the first electronics company to publish a list of our suppliers in our FY07 Global Citizenship Report. View our 2008 list of
Third-party monitoring is a valuable component of our program, providing independent oversight of our own supplier auditing. The quality of third-party monitoring is critical. EICC is working to develop a certification process to ensure a consistently high standard for all industry-sponsored audits.
The EICC is currently developing a formal auditor certification process for third-party monitors, which will be administered by a recognized auditor accreditation body. When available, all third-party auditors will need this certification before auditing suppliers on behalf of EICC member companies. This will help to ensure accurate and consistent results from third-party auditors. HP’s internal auditors will also go through the same certification process.
HP recognizes the need to go beyond auditing to make lasting improvements, as reflected in our capability building programs. However, strategic auditing will continue to be a critical part of the engagement and verification process.
HP engages third-party audit firms, including Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and Verité, to conduct verification audits of our suppliers, including those suppliers identified in NGO reports as having poor standards. We use these auditors to confirm HP’s internal audit findings and investigate allegations as part of our continual improvement process. The results of third-party audits typically correspond to what HP’s internal auditors find in audits.
In 2008, we engaged ERM to provide an independent review of our entire program. See a summary in the
2008 Global Citizenship Report.