Published: June 30, 2016

 

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Look at any of the bleak reports about the massive scale of the Syrian refugee crisis – one of the broadest-reaching humanitarian disasters since World War II — and the numbers are devastating.

WorldVision estimates that nearly 5 million Syrians are now refugees, and half of them are children. To date, most relief efforts have focused on meeting the most basic needs –safe shelter, food and medical care, for example. But it goes beyond that. WorldVision estimates some 2-3 million Syrian children are not attending school and that the war has reversed 10 years of progress in education for Syrian children.

That’s where multinational companies, such as HP, can have a remarkable impact.

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Published: November 19, 2016
 

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With so many science and engineering professionals emerging from India, it’s easy to forget that much of the country is trying to bring quality education to millions of students in rural areas.

Published: November 14, 2016

What weighs as much as 130 Boeing 747-8 airplanes, 29 space shuttles (fuel and all) or a couple of average-sized cruise ships? The answer might surprise you: The equivalent of millions of pounds of HP cartridges and hardware by Staples and HP.

 When HP unveiled the HP Planet Partners program 25 years ago, the idea behind it was simple: make it free and easy for customers to recycle their used HP cartridges or any brand of used computing equipment.

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 Ten years ago, the program was reinvented to make it easier:  Establish a chain of return and recycling “drop-off” points at partner retail locations around the world. To make it work, HP needed partners who would not only offer incentives to customers, but also make it easy to recycle their used HP ink and toner cartridges.

 The plan quickly attracted one the largest office supply stores in the United States – Staples – which made it a core part of its loyalty program, and expanded it to include hardware drop off locations over time.

A decade later, it has quietly become a shining example for how high tech and retail can partner to advance the recovery and recycling loops for the emerging “Circular Economy.”  

Today, in tandem with America Recycles Day, HP shared that its work with Staples has made measureable impact. Overall, it’s resulted in the global recyclingof more than 128 million pounds of hardware and HP supplies.

“The ink and toner recycling program is an important part of Staples’ overall tech recycling program, and it’s been very popular over the years,” said Eric Cayton, Vice President and GMM at Staples. “Customers like it because it gives them a quick and simple way to recycle and, at the same time, contributes to the health of the environment.”

 About 80 percent of Original HP Ink cartridges and 100 percent of Original HP toner cartridges contain recycled content, with a portion of that coming from Staples customers. Customers purchasing at least $30 of original HP ink or toner can return spent HP cartridges to any Staples outlet and receive  credits toward future purchases, discounts and other perks.

Staples then ships them to HP, which to process each return through a multi-phase recycling process.

In the video below, learn about HP Ink cartridge recycling:

The end result: No returned HP print cartridges are sent to landfills. Instead, the materials are sorted, broken down into raw materials and recycled responsibly. The materials are blended with other new and recycled plastic items (such as used clothes hangers and bottles) to create new HP print cartridges.

 The cartridges (with recycled content) are then offered for sale at Staples and other locations—closing the loop. Other Authorized HP cartridge recycling partners include Best Buy, Office Depot, Office Max and Walmart.

Earlier this year, HP marked the 25th anniversary of the Planet Partners program, which over the years has turned recycled plastic into more than 3 billion new HP print cartridges.

“Our collaboration with Staples is a great example of how we can partner for greater benefit to our customers and the environment,” said Joe Pacula, Head of the Americas, HP Supplies business. “We are fully committed to helping customers recycle, plus buy products with recycled content.” 

Customers who wish to take part can bring their used IT equipment or HP cartridges to Staples, or find other recycling options at www.hp.com/recycle.

Published: October 25, 2016

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In the race to deliver the next billion-dollar idea, it’s easy for companies to lose sight of what’s truly important. Achieving business success is table stakes. Fortune 500 players should also be willing to stand up, give back and make life better for everyone, everywhere.

That’s why HP makes sustainability a core tenet of its business. It drives progress toward our business priorities—from designing and delivering our core products and services, to developing new business models and solutions that generate growth.

This week, Hewlett Packard was recognized as a world leader for corporate action on climate change by CDP, which placed the company on its “Climate A List” for the third year running. As the CDP reporting period is based on data prior to the separation of Hewlett Packard Co. into two publicly traded companies last year, both HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise share this honor. 

“To support the lives and livelihoods of current and future generations, businesses must take decisive action today to address climate change across the value chain,” said Nate Hurst, chief sustainability and social impact officer, HP. “We are proud to be recognized by CDP for our efforts and will continue to raise the bar for ourselves and others as we work to create a more sustainable business and society.”

CDP, the international not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainable economies, recognizes A List companies as those with top performance in incorporating climate-related risks and opportunities into core business strategies and actions and in reducing emissions and mitigating climate change in the past reporting year.CDP_A LIST half column logo.png

The A List is produced at the request of 827 investors with assets of US$100 trillion, representing more than a third of the world’s invested capital.  Thousands of companies submit annual climate disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology. And only 9 percent of them made this most recent A List.

The Climate A List can be found in “Out of the starting blocks: Tracking progress on corporate climate action.” The new report establishes a baseline for corporate climate action. It reveals that global corporations have started the transition to a low-carbon economy and some are already capitalizing on the opportunities this affords.

In addition to the CDP award, HP was recently listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World Index for the fifth consecutive year, earning the highest industry score globally for Innovation Management, Digital Inclusion, Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy as well as Talent Attraction and Retention. The DJSI World Index is considered a gold standard for corporate sustainability performance across financially-relevant Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors.

To learn more about HP’s ongoing work on sustainability, read its 2015 Sustainability Report and follow @HPSustainable.

Published: September 21, 2016

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 Imagine a massive landfill on the edge of a port city.

If you look closer amid the mountains of garbage, you’ll notice that it’s bustling with activity as children scour the dump, sifting through mounds of trash for recyclables to sell. It might be their families’ only source of income in the country, Haiti, the poorest in the Western hemisphere.

The work can be tedious and dangerous: They face long hours, unsafe conditions, and exposure to hazardous materials. Many children forgo school in order to help their family survive.

That’s why today, at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York, HP and key partners  announced a three-year program  to assist Haitian  children and their families by providing educational opportunities, including more than 200 scholarships, as well as physical exams and health and safety training for Haitians working at the Truitier landfill near Port-au-Prince .

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 As part of this CGI Commitment to Action, job training will also be provided for the adults, and more than $300,000  will be invested in local entrepreneurs, micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses. At the same time, HP has agreed to repurchase recycled plastics collected at Truitier as an expansion of its closed loop ink cartridge recycling program.

These initiatives, driven in tandem with environmentally conscious partners such as Thread International, Timberland, NGO Team Tassy and ACOP (Association des Collectors des objets en Plastic),  are intended to empower people in Haiti to create a more prosperous life through better recycling practices. HP wants to help foster a more inclusive and Circular Economy that is healthier for the planet, as well as the people who work in its global supply chains.

"For many families near Truitier, the only revenue they ever see comes from the plastic recyclables their children collect in this landfill. We couldn’t turn a blind eye to the situation in Haiti," said Nate Hurst, chief sustainability and social impact officer at HP. "Most of those kids and their immediate families are struggling. They need assistance. And with our partners, we are offering them a chance to build a better future for themselves – with dignity."

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 As part of its commitment to Truitier, HP also agreed to purchase recycled PET plastic from the landfill to make new HP print cartridges. HP has worked with many partners around the world in this way, recapturing and blending recycled plastics together to create new cartridges. In fact, HP makes use of more than 1 million bottles each day. It has produced in excess of 3 billion ink cartridges using recycled materials.

“Through this commitment to action, HP continues to lead the industry toward a more inclusive Circular Economy,” said architect and designer William McDonough, principle of William McDonough + Partners and pioneer for sustainable environmental design and development. “They are benefitting the people in need in Haiti through positive economic, social and environmental actions.”

Published: September 20, 2016

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As a company in the business of creating consumer devices that both delight and inspire, HP believes that technology can enrich lives – and help rebuild them as well.

And as a global company that does business in more than 170 countries and territories, HP has a unique opportunity to put that belief into action with aid to the some 5 million people who’ve fled their homes and country to escape civil conflict in Syria.

Facing a global refugee crisis of a scale unprecendented since World War II, President Barack Obama earlier this year urged the private sector to ”contribute more funding for humanitarian aid operations, to grant more refugees the chance to work and attend school, and to provide more resettlement opportunities.”

HP answered the call in June and is stepping up again, which is why the company announced today it’s expanding its commitment to refugees by opening new Learning Studios in Jordan and Lebanon.

In addition, HP is providing computing and printing technology and HP LIFE e-learning to two Lynke and Blue Rose Compass tech centers in Jordan and an International Medical Corps Livelihood Center program in Turkey.

HP executives and industry leaders are set to convene with President Obama during his Leaders Summit on Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where they’ll continue to work with the administration to drive new, measurable and significant commitments that will have a durable impact on refugees. 

"How difficult and frightening it must be for people to have to flee the countries they've known their entire lives and start over as strangers in a foreign land," said Nate Hurst, chief sustainability and social impact officer at HP. "Our hope is that by working with industry partners, we can apply technology in some effective ways to ease the burden of families trying to find and build a better life."

Technology can certainly be a key enabler for that, helping refugees and families displaced in their own countries with ready access to new ways of learning.

HP is working closely with the likes of Digital Promise Global, the Global Business Coalition for Education, Microsoft and Intel to establish the new Learning Studios, which will tap a variety of hardware, software and teacher training services to prepare refugees for potential careers in technology. They include the all-in-one HP Sprout computers, and x360 convertible PCs powered by Windows 10 and Office 365 along with a Dremel 3D Printer.

The Learning Studios have already been deployed in sixty locations across ten countries, but these are the first installed to specifically focus on helping refugee youth and adults acquire knowledge and skills.

The core curriculum will be supplemented by HP LIFE , a program of the HP Foundation, which includes 25 free, online learning courses covering essential business and IT skills available in seven languages. As part of this effort, HP will support the creation of additional free online courses and curated content specifically designed to help refugees develop the skills and expertise necessary for freelancing and ecommerce.

In June, HP was one of the first 15 companies to respond to the White House Call to Action on the Syrian refugee crisis.

At the time, the company announced a partnership with the Global Alliance Institute and Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital to support the Girls Truth Seekers Education Project, which aims to connect Girl Scouts in the Washington, D.C., area with young Syrian refugee girls living in countries bordering their homeland.

“Millions of Syrians have the same hopes and dreams as anyone else only to have them torn away by a political situation beyond their control,” Hurst said. “By joining with the White House and other organizations and companies to tackle this crisis, HP is working hard to provide access to quality education and offer a path to employment and prosperity.”