HP has placed sustainability in technology as a key business priority. But did you know one of its founders called for corporate responsibility almost 80 years ago?
“Dave Packard, one of our founders, was almost laughed out of a Stanford conference in 1942 for arguing that management was responsible not only to shareholders but also to employees, customers and to the community at large,” explained HP Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Dion Weisler, on presenting the company’s sustainability report from 2017.
Following last month’s HP Partner First Roadshow in Wembley, attendees were briefed on the technology company’s Sustainability Impact report, which if delivered as promised, will change the way we treat the supply chain for technology hardware.
“Our world is facing increasingly difficult challenges including inequality, climate change, inadequate access to quality education and healthcare, among others,” added CEO Weisler.
“To overcome these challenges, we must raise the bar, challenge ourselves, and reinvent the industry standards for sustainable impact including driving lasting improvements to the planet, people and communities where we live, work and do business.”
What’s included in the HP Sustainability Report?
The HP Sustainability Impact Report recorded how HP has so far assisted across various channels of corporate and social responsibility including the environment, working conditions and rights, and local communities world-wide.
As a global technology giant, HP’s move towards more environmentally resilient processes has sent waves throughout the IT industry.
Last year, HP introduced the first Original HP ink cartridges made with plastic bottles recycled in Haiti, essentially building a supply chain for recycled plastic.
Through March 2018, the company sourced more than 170 tonnes of plastic (over 8.3 million plastic bottles) from Haiti—plastic that might otherwise have washed into the waterways and oceans.
In total, a staggering 99,000+ tons of recycled plastic were used in HP ink and toner cartridges through 2017.
Watch the HP ‘Reinvent Impact’ video below:
The HP Sustainability Impact Report published further figures on HP’s commitment to a more sustainable journey in technology:
- Recycling Available in 64 countries and territories, while consumers and home office users have various recycling options for their used equipment, including free drop-off in many countries.
- Europe: HP recycling vendors offer take-back and recycling services for our products.
- 135,200 tonnes of hardware recycled 17% overall recycling rate of relevant HP hardware sales worldwide
- 3,200 tonnes of plastic recovered for use in other HP products
- 90.9% landfill diversion rate, globally
- 50% renewable electricity use in our global operations
- 271,400 tonnes of hardware and supplies recycled since the beginning of 2016
- 1.27 million units of hardware re-marketed/reused
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