Wednesday, 8 April 2009

HP's CSR report

HP has released its Global Citizenship report for 2008, which covers six aspects of corporate and social responsibility; global citizenship, ethics and compliance, human rights and labour practices, environmental sustainability, privacy, and social investment. The full report is here. The following are a few random highlights:

- In 2008 HP reduced GHG emissions by 4% compared with 2007, in absolute terms, and 13% formalised to revenue. The company says this has been achieved mainly by continuing to reduce office space as employees increasingly work from home or in flexible work spaces.

- In 2008 HP began working with suppliers to gather data on energy use and GHG emissions.

- The company has recovered for reuse 3.5 million hardware units weighing 34,000 metric tonnes and increased its recycling volume to 120,000 metric tonnes globally in 2008. HP is on track to meet its goal to recycle 900,000 metric tonnes of products by the end of 2010 (since 1987) and to reuse 200,000 metric tonnes of products by the end of 2010 (since 2003).

- HP introduced a number of products and services in 2008 to help customers save energy in their use of IT, including:

* The HP Compaq dc7800 Ultra Slim Desktop, which which received the EPEAT (Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool) Gold rating

* The HP Deskjet D2545, which uses 40% percent less energy than its predecessor, is made from 83% percent recycled plastic material and uses ink cartridges made from 50-75% recycled plastic.

* The redesigned HP ProLiant BL460c G5 server, which reduces energy use by up to 25% and is already compliant with upcoming Energy Star server guidelines.

- HP also contributed to Smart 2020, a report by The Climate Group on behalf of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), which concluded that technology could reduce annual man-made global emissions by 15% by 2020 (see our blog coverage).

The CSR report is long and comprehensive and shows the sort of depths that major corporations need to go to to address and report on their social responsibilities. There is a great deal of effort needed to track and report the data, which is where IT solutions from the likes of Enviance and Greenstone Carbon Management come in.

The effort never ends, though. Despite HP's many commendable actions they were still penalised in Greenpeace's recent Guide to Greener Electronics rankings for backtracking on a commitment to eliminate PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from their products by the end of 2009. Apparently the company has responded to the criticism, though.

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