The company has set itself bold sustainability goals, intended to drive progress across its entire value chain. These encompass a 25 percent reduction of absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. To meet that goal, HP produces low-carbon solutions and energy-efficient products, aiming to reduce environmental impact through safer materials and greener packaging. Materiality assessments help to shape the sustainability strategy and investments, as well as identify emerging issues and new leadership opportunities for HP. By setting goals related to its most material issues, the company drives both progress and long-term goals.
“In addition,” says McIntyre, “HP Inc. places key importance on societal impact. People matter, and we intend to develop skills and improve the wellbeing of some 500,000 factory workers by 2025, an initiative that was started in 2015. We also want to be a key enabler in education, generating better education outcomes for 100 million people by 2025.”
Green supply chains were an early focus for McIntyre, as they formed part of her doctoral thesis some 25 years ago. At the time, supply chains were a rather unusual topic for a doctorate – while today, says McIntyre, they are of key importance, due to their ever-growing complexity and ability to optimize business strategy. In addition to traditional, straightforward supply chains, reverse loops for materials and products have become a key focus at HP, and one McIntyre finds among the most interesting: With new, refreshed and refurbished products, she sees HP able to offer multiple life cycles for a product, and with some five million units of hardware repaired in 2016 alone, it’s clearly a growing trend.