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Published: February 15, 2017

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With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set to change hands and the future of the U.S. role in the historic Paris climate agreement unknown, it is more important than ever for the private sector to show its commitment to addressing climate change.

In recognition of this reality, HP today announced it will redouble its efforts to slash greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from global operations and strengthen relationships with key organizations that urge businesses to improve environmental performance.

With a new commitment, HP set a target to reduce the GHG emissions from its global operations by 25 percent by 2025, compared to 2015 levels. HP also renewed its partnership with World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers Program, a global program to engage business and industry on climate and energy.

The new target is a significant milestone for HP as it accelerates its efforts to reduce the company’s total carbon footprint in accordance with what the world’s climate scientists indicate is required to help keep global warming below 2⁰ Celsius—the threshold agreed internationally for avoiding some of the worst impacts from climate change.

“Business is the force that can demonstrate leadership on climate change,” said Matt Banks, climate and business manager, World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “HP has been progressive in reducing emissions through improving operational efficiency, and is uniquely positioned to raise its voice in important climate policy discussions.”

Since the WWF’s Climate Savers initiative began in 1999, the partners—which include 30 top companies from diverse sectors—have together reduced GHG emissions by over 100 million tons, the same as taking more than 20 million cars off the road.

In 2016, HP Inc.’s first reporting year, the company’s global operations are estimated to account for less than 5 percent of HP’s total carbon footprint, including all the company’s owned and leased facilities, as well as the automobile and aviation fleet within its operational control. HP has set a three-phase approach to reduce its climate impacts across its operations. The first phase is optimizing energy efficiency in its operations and buildings. The other two phases focus on shifting toward less GHG-intensive energy sources, including increased use of on-site renewable power, and through acquired or generated off-site renewable power to offset brown power emissions.

Lowering GHG emissions isn’t only good for the Earth, according to WWF’s Banks, it’s also beneficial for business.

That’s based on a 2013 study by WWF, which proposes the “3% Solution,” a framework that says the corporate sector must reduce GHG emissions by 3 percent per year to be on track to stay below the 2°C warming threshold. The study shows that the framework can drive $190 billion in net savings in the year 2020 alone for the corporate sector in the U.S.

“Setting science-based targets and working with key partners, like WWF, helps us innovate strategies and solutions to realize new opportunities and address business risks,” said Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer at HP. “By continuously pushing ourselves to reduce our total carbon footprint, we’re ensuring our business is resilient and ready to serve our customers, investors, employees, and other stakeholders as we pave the way toward a low-carbon circular economy future.”

 To learn more about HP's Sustainability efforts, visit: hp.com/sustainability and follow @HPSustainable on Twitter.

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Published: March 03, 2017

E-waste in a recycling center in Mexico.E-waste in a recycling center in Mexico.

When U.S. consumers drop off their old electronics at local e-waste centers for recycling, most assume their aging gadgets will be safely dismantled and have their components either scrapped or re-used. But that’s not always the case, according to Basel Action Network (BAN), an environmental nonprofit.

Electronics recycling often involves a complex, multi-step supply chain. Many of the downstream operations are in the developing world, where waste is exported for treatment. Once it arrives for processing, oversight is often minimal.

According to BAN, this can lead to unsafe labor and environmental conditions having a devastating impact on the countries receiving electronics recyclables. The ostensibly well-intended act of recycling has the potential to harm workers, their communities and the environment. BAN suggests that greater transparency in electronics recycling supply chains is one way companies could help.

HP has long been committed to responsible processing of used electronics. Now HP is deepening that commitment by disclosing the names and locations of its recycling vendors.

See the full list here.

By bringing transparency to its electronics recycling supply chain, HP seeks to inspire other tech companies, retailers, and distributors to follow suit as well as to acknowledge the work of recycling partners to meet HP’s high expectations. This transparency also helps HP’s customers feel confident their end-of-life equipment is adequately treated to ensure data and privacy protection. 

“HP is disclosing its recycling partners to raise the bar for transparency in our industry and to highlight the high standards we set for those vendors,” said Annukka Dickens, HP Director of Human Rights and Supply Chain Responsibility. “We challenge other companies in and outside of the high tech industry to follow our lead and disclose recycler vendor standards and performance, as well as the list of recycling vendors they employ globally.”

Ties back to the circular economy

A key part of HP’s circular economy strategy is responsible recycling of used electronics, which encompasses industry-leading recycling and reuse standards, a robust recycler audit program, and close engagement with recycling partners.

HP is reducing resource consumption by reinventing product design to extend the life of our products, shifting to service models, and transforming how whole industries design, make, and distribute products through disruptive technologies, such as 3D printing.

 

Workers disassembling electronics for recycling.Workers disassembling electronics for recycling.The end-of-life electronics challenge

HP knows from experience that recycling responsibly is no small effort. The company is one of high tech’s most active recyclers, having recaptured and recycled more than 3.3 billion pounds of computer and printing hardware and 682 million ink and toner cartridges since 1987.

Through its HP Planet Partners program, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, HP offers takeback and recycling programs to keep used electronics and printing supplies out of landfills in more than 70 countries and territories. It also collaborates with governments and industry stakeholders to promote innovative solutions for managing electronics equipment at the end of its life cycle.

As part of the company’s stringent recycling vendor management process, HP requires every specialist vendor to execute environmentally-responsible processing techniques, comply with relevant government regulations, and achieve additional commitments like ethical labor practices and conformance to the Basel Convention, which limits shipment of non-functional electronics between countries.

In addition, vendors must attain third-party certification (such as e-Stewards, R2, or WEEELABEX), where applicable, and must also submit to regular audits.

 

Collaboration to ensure performanceHP Planet Partners  enables easy recycling of toner and ink cartridges, as well as hardware.HP Planet Partners enables easy recycling of toner and ink cartridges, as well as hardware.

 In 2015, HP conducted audits at 58 facilities in 20 countries, including audits to follow-up on previous findings and confirm ongoing commitment to responsible practices and improved performance.

In extreme cases, vendors are not allowed to continue recycling on HP’s behalf if they do not work to address nonconformance identified during audits.

“People should know how and where their equipment is recycled. We encourage customers to ask questions about what really happens to the equipment they return,” Dickens said.

The complete list of partners, representing more than 95 percent of the used electrical and electronic equipment processed through the HP Planet Partners Program, can be viewed here.

HP’s vendor standards for hardware reuse and hardware recycling can be found here. For questions about HP’s list of recycling vendors, please contact HP at sustainability@hp.com.

Published: January 24, 2017

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 In Tunisia, where some 40 percent of youth are unemployed and jobs of any kind are hard to come by, the HP Foundation is working to make a difference.

For the past three years, the foundation has been working with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), USAID, the Italian Development Cooperation and other partners on a job-creation project, called “Mashrou3i,” (which in Arabic means, "my project") that fosters a spirit of entrepreneurialism and offers tools that can support fledgling business owners.

Today, the program launched into its second phase, a five-year mission to create some 6,000 jobs and reach more than 25,000 aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in Tunisia.

“Every job created out of this initiative makes a positive impact on the individual’s life and helps support the local community,” said Markus Schwertel, Lead Government Relations Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa at HP. “It truly empowers people to be successful.”infographic_EN_Phase 2-01.png

 In addition to mentoring and technical skills training, participants also have access to HP LIFE, a free, online program of the HP Foundation, which features 27 interactive modules covering business and IT skills training in seven languages, including Arabic and French. It has been used by more than 640,000 people in over 200 countries and territories.Imen Saadaoui - SAC.jpg

During the first phase of the project, about 1,250 jobs and 160 startup companies were created. In addition, more than 12,000 Tunisians took online courses through HP LIFE and nearly 1,400 aspiring entrepreneurs – more than half of whom were women – were coached to help develop, improve or finalize business plans.

Technical Assistance to SMEs.jpgThe new influx of support, which includes a contribution of nearly $1 million cash and in-kind technology from HP and the HP Foundation, will help to expand reach, add staff and grow the project geographically into farther-flung governorates in Tunisia. It will also support the ongoing development of  HP LIFE, where aspiring entrepreneurs can learn—for free—everything from nuts-and-bolts online classes in finance and sales forecasting to social media marketing and presentation skills.

“The Mashrou3i project is a scalable social innovation model with proven results,” said Jihed Jahdour, Managing Director, Tunisia, at HP. “There is an urgent need for innovative solutions that provide access to quality education and enable economic opportunity for everyone everywhere, wherever they are in the world. The second phase of the project signals the continuation of our successful partnership to foster employment opportunities for young men and women in Tunisia.”

HP, as a brand with a deep history in the “ed tech” sector is uniquely positioned to deploy its HP LIFE programming and technology into a region where there’s nearly immediate results.

“This has big implications for the future of learning all over the world, as technology continues to disrupt the existing models of education in the so called developed world as well,” HP’s Schwertel said.

“Instead of discussing how many and what kind of devices are needed in the classrooms, the question is, ‘What are the learning outcomes we want to achieve?” he said. “Engaging learning content for personalized learning like HP LIFE, coupled with technology, enables emerging market countries to leapfrog and to get access to top content of the same quality as anywhere else in the world.”Mashrou3i logo.png

Learn more about Mashrou3i by following the program on Facebook and Twitter and at the #Mashrou3i hashtag. 

 

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.