Friday, 4 April 2008

Sustainability Announcements from HP and Dell

HP published its FY07 Global Citizenship Report yesterday along with an announcement that it was publishing a list of its largest suppliers, accounting for more than 95% of HP's procurement expenditure worldwide. The company says that "the increased visibility will result in positive operational changes in supplier labour, health and safety, environmental and ethics practices", although it's not clear exactly how. It does say that its top suppliers must comply with the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC) and meet HP’s social and environmental responsibility expectations, which is good, but it doesn't give any further details about those 'top suppliers'.

HP and Dell seem to be locked into a 'who's the greenest' PR war at the moment, with HP the front runner. Dell hasn't given up, though. Yesterday it announced that its Texas HQ is now completely powered by wind-generated energy and landfill gas sources, part of its plan to make all its facilities carbon neutral by the end of the year.

I guess it's because these hardware companies are at the front-end of the industry, supplying huge numbers of resource-using, energy consuming products that they've been so pro-active in setting their own houses in order. It's great to see, though, and certainly sets an example to many software and IT services companies who are moving a lot more slowly.

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