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HP Recognized as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change

HP Recognized as World Leader for Corporate Action on Climate Change | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
HP was one of only 29 global companies out of more than 3,300 assessed by CDP to earn a position on the inaugural supplier engagement leader board, which highlights the leading practices of companies working directly with their suppliers to reduce emissions and lower climate-related risks in the supply chain in the past reporting year.
EcoVadis's insight:

Congrats to HP for leading the way in reducing GHG emissions and actively engaging its suppliers to commit to clean energy

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Can Paper Be Eco-friendly? This Label Says Yes

Can Paper Be Eco-friendly? This Label Says Yes | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
HP has joined with International Paper, Kimberly-Clark, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc., on a new campaign designed to encourage consumers to purchase products bearing the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) label. This label signifies that the forest a product comes from was managed responsibly.
EcoVadis's insight:

New campaign to encourage consumers to purchase FSC certified paper.

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The Green Office's curator insight, June 8, 6:40 AM

If you are looking to switch to an eco-friendly FSC certified office paper such as the HP paper mentioned in the article click here to view our range 

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HP Expands Cartridge Recycling Options, Receives FSC Certification for Everyday Paper Line | Sustainable Brands

HP Expands Cartridge Recycling Options, Receives FSC Certification for Everyday Paper Line | Sustainable Brands | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The HP Everyday Paper line in North America is now certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which makes the company one of the region’s first major office paper providers to offer a complete portfolio of paper that is entirely FSC...
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An interesting move from HP in line with its global sustainable purchasing commitment.

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HP Smacks Down Chinese Student and Underage Labor in the Supply Chain

HP Smacks Down Chinese Student and Underage Labor in the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
HP issued new guidelines to its suppliers conducting operations in China that according to the company are the first for the information technology sector.
EcoVadis's insight:

Another example of toughened supplier requirements on social conformances. The real question is: why are those stricter compliance  mechanisms reactive only and not part of a medium term strategy?

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Tech giants pledge to keep children out of cobalt mines that supply smartphone and electric-car batteries

Tech giants pledge to keep children out of cobalt mines that supply smartphone and electric-car batteries | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Apple, HP, Samsung SDI and Sony have joined an effort known as the Responsible Cobalt Initiative. It is being led by a Chinese business group, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters, and supported by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to the Chinese group.

Members of the initiative pledged to follow OECD guidelines for mining supply chains, which call for companies to trace how cobalt is being extracted, transported, manufactured and sold. Any abuses would require immediate correction.
EcoVadis's insight:

Several leading technology companies are launching initiatives to stop abusive practices in their supply chain; how are you engaging yourself?

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Two tech companies win first Stop Slavery Award after workforce scrutiny

Two multi-national tech companies previously questioned over labour and workforce conditions have won a new global award for turning the spotlight onto their own supply chains to eradicate modern day slavery from their operations.
The inaugural Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award was conferred on U.S. technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NXP Semiconductors, the world's largest chip supplier to the automotive industry.
The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 10 companies employing thousands of people in sectors ranging from electronics to retail to mining and included Apple, Tesco and global seafood producer Thai Union.

EcoVadis's insight:

After being suspected of having doubtful labour conditions, these two companies bounced back and cleaned their supply chain. Have you ever experienced this kind of situation?

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HP cracks down on forced labor from temps, students in China

HP cracks down on forced labor from temps, students in China | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

HP has given direction to its Chinese suppliers that the use of temporary and student workers should be limited and should not be forced.

EcoVadis's insight:

In the wake of Apple's widely publicized supply chain controversies, competitors are jumping in to roll out sustainable procurement strategy in their supply chain in China. As the articles puts it, the demographic reality in China compels factories facing surges in demand to often make an excessive use of temporary labor.

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Riley McCoy's comment, May 3, 2013 11:12 AM
Due to another failed plan of action by the chinese they are left with an aging population, smaller workforce, and not enough children or young people to care for there elderly parents. They should not have to resort to going to high school students and other underage workers to have to get there products mass produced.
zach Wilz's comment, May 3, 2013 2:53 PM
I dont think its fair that these kids are being overworked. I think that HP is doing the right thing by cracking down on these young kids working.
Zach Deaton's comment, May 6, 2013 11:04 AM
This could be a good thing if it's scaled back and kids are given jobs related to their study. It should be a optional "course."

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