The time for change is NOW

HP was built on the values of diversity and inclusion, fairness and equality. As a company led by our values, we cannot turn our heads from the systemic racism millions of people suffer from on a daily basis
HP is committed to embracing a culture that is not only against racism, but is actively anti-racist, and to using HP’s platform, technology, and resources as a force for positive change. 

Moving forward. Driving change.

“Diversity and inclusion, fairness and equality are part of the character of our company, and there has never been a more important time for us to be guided by these values. They strengthen our culture, unite our teams and inspire new forms of progress in our communities.”


Enrique Lores, President & CEO , HP Inc. (2020)

HP Racial Equality and Social Justice Task Force

HP is currently implementing actions across the company through our diversity, equity, and inclusion people strategies and is accelerating this work through the HP Racial Equality and Social Justice Task Force.


The Task Force will identify and execute on the biggest opportunities we have as a company to drive sustainable impact in racial equality by working across three main areas: people, industry, and local and national influence. 

“A company has a responsibility beyond making a profit for stockholders; it has a responsibility to recognize the dignity of its employees as human beings, to the wellbeing of its customers, and to the community at large.”


David Packard in 1995 - Co-founder, Hewlett-Packard Company

Social impact goals

The focus of the Task Force is to build measurable and sustainable impact for our employees, our industry, our community and the planet.


Double the number of Black and African American executives by 2025




  • Increased the composition of Black and African American vice presidents and up by 33%.

  • Provided premier Black development programs such as McKinsey’s Black Leadership Academy, Stanford Black Leaders Program and ITSMF Management Academy for Black and African American technical leaders.


Double Black/African American technical representation by 2025




  • Increased Black/African American technical representation from 2.3% to 2.9%.

  • Launched first “Hire EQ: Equitable hiring for better outcomes” training for all HP managers as they play a key role in driving a more diverse pipeline and creating an exceptional experience for employees to belong, innovate and grow.

  • Launched 5th annual HP-HBCU Business Challenge to provide students with practical business and tech skillsets and attract them to HP. At the inaugural HBCU Technology Conference, offered an opportunity for finalists of the Bot-a-thon to interview for internship positions at HP.

  • Launched 3D Printing Pilot Program with North Carolina A&T State University (an HBCU).

  • Became a founding member of OneTen, a coalition of leading corporations to create one million family-sustaining careers for Black talent in 10 years.


Achieve 90% (up from 84%) in inclusion index score for Black and African American employees in 2021




Maintained 84% Inclusion Index Score for Black/African American employees in 2021 and took a series of actions to foster a stronger sense of inclusion and belonging, including:


  • Conducted closed door listening sessions with diverse communities to determine priorities and action plans.

  • Increased engagement programs, including the first Black remote employee resource group with executive sponsors Ron Guerrier, global CIO at HP, and Mark Roberts, Americas Pursuit and Customer Success Leader, and inaugural Racial Equality and Social Justice Town Halls to encourage open dialogue and further educate employees about race and equity.

  • Launched sponsorship program for Black and African American employees. Participants have monthly peer coaching to strengthen leadership skills and career advancement opportunities.

  • Honored Juneteenth by establishing it as a company holiday in the U.S. before it became a national holiday.

  • More than 10,000 employees have participated in the Reinvention Inclusion training to date, which addresses psychological safety, bias and inclusive habits and practices.

  • Launched Inclusive Leadership Workshop for the most senior leaders in the company.


10% of HP diversity spend be with Black and African American suppliers by end of 2022




  • Increased the spend with Black and African American vendors and suppliers from 1.5% to 4.5% and continue to add more Black and African American vendors to Marketing, Labor and Legal categories to accelerate our spending in 2022.


  • Implemented new tools and processes for finding and identifying Black and African American vendors.

  • Instituted dedicated program managers in each business unit to drive progress in identification and activation of Black and African American business suppliers for their business or function.

  • Launched Early Payment Program with C2FO to accelerate payment of invoices to diverse suppliers, providing more immediate and beneficial cash flow to eligible businesses.


10% of HP supplier account teams be Black and African American by end of 2022




  • Initiated new workforce diversity requirements in more than 30 of our top suppliers' contracts, which include quarterly reporting to track progress on goal in 2022.

  • Secured four channel partners to create talent pipeline pilot.

  • Strengthened Diversity Network Program (an amplified channel program focused on diverse partners) and nearly doubled the number of Black and African American owned channel partners in the program.


Complete STEM pilots in target communities with channel partners and suppliers




  • Completed John Lewis Case Competition, a virtual student-run case competition that connects corporations and students to co-create innovative and actionable racial justice initiatives. The HP sponsored team took second place and provided actions that HP can take to improve representation amongst Black and African American suppliers.

  • In partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS), hosted the HP Bot-a-thon challenge to engage students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Texas to develop real-world business solutions.

  • Launched the inaugural virtual HBCU Technology Conference and partnered with Microsoft on a Bot-a-thon as part of the Future of Work Academy at the event. More than 1,200 HBCU students, faculty and IT-staff/administration across 70 HBCUs joined the conference to gain latest insights into digital transformation, and more than 150 students across 29 HBCUs participated in the Bot-a-thon to develop automation use cases that can improve the student experience at their own institutions.

  • Partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs, suppliers, and channel partners to deliver digital equity tools and programming, including more than 800 refreshed PCs, personalized laptop boxes, and laptop sleeves as well as 7,300 Turn to Learn Workbooks to students at Boys & Girls Clubs in Texas.

  • Established the HP STEM Academy at Boys & Girls Club of Austin with expansion across Texas, an educational program for young students to encourage early interest in STEM careers.


Shrink the digital divide gap in rural and urban communities by supporting state and federal legislative funding and programmatic updates consistent with HP digital divide objectives.




  • Joined several coalitions and associations to advocate equal access to broadband technology for underserved communities.

  • Supported Common Sense Media’s “Connect All Students Campaign” and participated in HBCU STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Congressional Lobbying Day to encourage funding and legislation in support of STEAM at HBCUs.

  • Tracked 50 bills and supported 5 to support state and federal funding of digital equity and issued statement of support for federal legislation that would subsidize device purchases by low-income families.


Protect & expand diversity, equality and inclusion rights through legislative/regulatory change, thought leadership and civic engagement.




  • Signed the Civic Alliance, Black Economic Alliance, Business for Voting Rights and Fair Elections Texas joint statements and joined state level coalitions to fight against voting restrictions.

  • Joined coalitions to counter state level anti-trans athlete legislation and successfully defeated one amendment.

  • Engaged in federal and state lobbying efforts for LGBTQ rights, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and immigration reform.


Support criminal justice policy reforms and practices that foster greater trust and safety including HP site community-based projects.




  • Partnered with an urban police department on a virtual reality pilot program to help reduce racial bias during police training.

  • Tracked 196 bills and supported 4 bills including the reintroduction of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Bill.

  • Supported repeal of citizen arrest provisions in multiple states.

Making investments that break down barriers

Catalyst Program

Recognizing the importance of sponsorship in increasing promotions and retention, we expanded our development program Catalyst to include a cohort focused on Black and African American employees in 2020.

HP HBCU Business Challenge 

In its 4th year, the HP HBCU Business Challenge is a business case competition that gives students the opportunity to develop solutions to real HP business problems while gaining hands-on industry experience.

Establishing relationships

HP joined the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable as a founding member and led a delegation of HBCU Business Deans to the New York Stock Exchange to ring the closing bell in 2018.  

3D Printing Pilot Program

In 2020, we launched a pilot learning program with North Carolina A&T State University, providing HP MultiJet Fusion 3D color printing equipment and a commitment for internships and apprenticeships.

Explore HP’s rich history of diversity, equity, & inclusion



The first women HP employed in non-secretarial roles were hired to work on production lines.



Willard Jones was Hewlett-Packard Company’s earliest known African American employee, having joined the company in December 1943.



Hewlett-Packard Company hired Art Fong, the first known Asian-American engineer in Silicon Valley history.



Roy Clay Sr. became the first African American executive at Hewlett-Packard Company. He expanded the way the company hired by recruiting talent from HBCU’s.



Printing the rainbow since 1986. HP established the first LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group.



HP Inc. was formed in 2015 with the most diverse Board of Directors of any US technology company. 



In 2017, HP strengthened our relationship with the HBCU Business Deans Roundtable with the launch of the HP HBCU Business Challenge.



HP’s community of Business Impact Networks grew to 100 chapters globally in 2019. Today, we have 123 chapters across 29 countries.

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