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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 15 out of 39

Sustainability summary

HP has achieved the C-label. HP has started to take sustainability into account, such as transparency about climate emissions from its own operations as well as from the production chain. The brand is also transparent about water use, its suppliers and their smelters of metals and minerals. Furthermore, HP partners with multiple initiatives to avoid the use of conflict minerals in the production chain. Still, a lot more can be done to prove that HP products are green and fair.

Brand owner: Hewlett-Packard Company
Head office: Palo Alto, CA, USA
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Laptop, notebook, Tablet, PC
Free Tags: Computer, Monitor, Accessories & Services, Printer & Scanner

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HP sustainability score report

Last edited: 17 May 2016 by Martje
Last reviewed: 17 May 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? HP implements several measures to reduce its climate emissions, such as taking energy conservation measures within own operations or the use of renewable energy (see link, starting on page 70). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? HP has reduced its climate footprint of own operations (Scope 1&2) from 1.949 million tons of CO2e in 2011 to 1.667 million tons of CO2e in 2014. This represents a decrease of around 14,5% (see link, page 82). Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? HP has set the goal to reduce its own operations climate footprint by 20% by 2020, compared to 2010. This constitutes a 10% reduction in the next 5 years (see link, page 88). Source
4. Does the brand (company) publish the annual carbon footprint that also covers the major suppliers, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce these carbon emissions? HP reports the greenhouse gas emissions for its first tier suppliers, and describes its policies to reduce climate emissions in the supply chain. They account 26.400 million tons of CO2e for 2013 (see link, page 75-76 & 115-116). Source
5. Is at least 35% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? In FY14, HP's total level of renewable energy use for electricity was around 15,1% (528.000 Mwh) (renewable energy credits (RECs)). But, only around 1% was generated on-site (Solar PV). Type, source and additionality of its renewable energy supply is generally not clear enough specified (see link, page 84). Source
6. Do all new products of the brand meet energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)? For products shipped in FY14, HP reports that 81% of its 'printing and imaging', and 73% of its 'personal system' products were 'Energy Star' qualified (see link, page 95). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

5 out of 19
1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC in all new products? HP is working to phase out PVC and BFR's (see link, page 92 & 93). Source
2. Has the brand (company) eliminated BFR's in all new products? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least 2 of the 3 groups of suspect chemicals (beryllium, antimony and phthalates) in all its new products already? All three chemicals are still in use (see link, page 92). Source
4. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of products? HP communicates that it takes a science-based approach to assess the potential impact to human health or the environment of process substances and have restricted use of specific high-risk substances, including benzene and n-hexane, across its supply chain (see link, page 28 & 35). Source
5. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the full production chains? See remark for environmental policy question 4. Source
6. Does the brand (company) publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce the overall environmental impact of material use? HP implements several measures to improve its annual material footprint, but does not publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product. HP only publishes an estimation of materials used in HP high-volume computers and printers for FY13 & FY14 (see link, page 91 & 92). Source
7. Does the brand offer the charger as optional to the product? HP does not mention anything about offering the charger as optional to the products. Source
8. Does the brand (company) source at least 10% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams and does the give a timeline to increase this percentage to at least 25% by 2025 ? Some numbers are given, but they do not cover all products and no overall percentage value is presented (see link, page 103). Source
9. Does the brand (company) source at least 20% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? HP implements several measures related to more sustainable packaging, but does not publish the annual packaging volumes/weights per material type (see link, page 105). Source
11. Has the brand (company) a take back program and is the take back recyling rate higher than 5% of the weight of the annually products sold? HP reports a total reuse and recycling rate in FY14 of approximately 12% of relevant HP hardware sales worldwide (see link, page 108). Source
12. Is the take back recyling rate higher than 10% of the weight of the annually products sold? See remark for environmental policy question 11. Source
13. Has the brand (company) an active policy in place to increase the product life-span of products, such as longer warranty periods or easy repair with easy ordering of spare parts? HP implements measures to manage its products life-cycle, but no clear best practice examples concerning prolonging its products lifespan are specified (see link, page 95 & 96). Source
14. Does the brand (company) use replaceable batteries in all portable devices? HP does not mention if all its portable devices use replaceable batteries. Source
15. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products? Online repair manuals for HP products are provided via iFixit. Source
16. Does the brand (company) guarantee supply of spare parts and software updates for all products, for at least 3 years after end of production? HP does not mention any timeline for which software updates or spare parts are available. Source
17. Does the brand (company) give at least a 3 years warranty on all products? HP products have a limited warranty period of between 90 days and 3 years. Therefore, not all products have a 3 or more year warranty. Source
18. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint and is there a policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? HP implements measures to reduce its water use, and reports a total water use of its global operations for FY14, which accounts 7,431 million m3 (represents a decrease of 3,1% compared to FY13) (see link, page 70-88). Source
19. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint that also covers its most important suppliers? HP implements measures to realize water use reductions in its supply chain, and reports the water use of its suppliers, which amounted to 84.107 million m3 in FY14 (see link, page 70-88). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

7 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) regularly publish an updated list of smelters that are identified in the own supply chain? HP publishes a list of smelters, effective as of December 2014. Source
2. Does the brand (company) have a clear policy to only source from smelters that have passed the conflict-free audits, and has the brand already achieved this for at least one metal/mineral? HP mentions that it is working toward the goal of responsible sourcing (76% of conflict-free smelters by FY14), but does not yet clearly specify, whether at least one metal/mineral can be considered as entirely conflict-free (see link, page 29, 40 & 41). Source
3. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 1 initiative that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? HP partners with the following, endorsed initiatives: 'Public-Private Alliance (PPA) for Responsible Minerals Trade', 'ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative', 'IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative’s Indonesian Tin Working Group' and 'Conflict-Free Smelter Program' (CFSP)' (see link, page 41). Source
4. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 2 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. Source
5. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 3 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. Source
6. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 4 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? See remark for labor conditions policy question 3. Source
7. Does the brand (company) have a Code of Conduct (CoC) for both its own factories and those of its suppliers, which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? All standards are mentioned in HP's supplier code of conduct (CoC) (see link). Also in its own operations CoC all these standards are covered (see link, next question). Source
8. Does the brand’s (company’s) CoC include at least 3 of the following workers rights: 1. a formally registered employment relationship 2. a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. a sufficient living wage 4. form and join labor unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, to develop parallel means? 1. Not mentioned; 2. No, maximum work week is set at 60 hours, but the maximum overtime hours are not specified; 3. No, wages must comply with applicable wage laws; 4. No, this right is mentioned but a parallel means in situations where these rights are restricted under law is not mentioned. The standards for its own operations are even weaker (formulated). Source
9. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? HP publishes a list of suppliers that represents over 95% of its production supplier spend. Source
10. Is the brand (company) a member of a multi stakeholder initiative (MSI), wherein independent NGO’s or labor unions are represented, that collectively aims to improve labor conditions and that carries out independent audits? Or does the brand (company) significantly purchase its supplies from factories certified by such MSI’s? HP is a member of EICC, but civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in this initiative (see link, page 22). Source
11. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Are more than 95% of final manufacturing stage production facilities monitored for labour conditions? HP publishes a comprehensive audit summary report with follow up actions. However, its remains unclear whether more than 95% of its final manufacturing stage production facilities are monitored (see link, starting on page 28-39). Source
12. Are at least 25% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? HP does not specify, whether at least 25% of its final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries are compliant to its labour standards. Source
13. Are at least 50% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions policy question 12. Source
14. Are at least 50% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct - including a living wage? See remark for labor conditions policy question 12. Source