Capability building

Capability building

Remaining engaged with workers and suppliers and providing support is as important to our program as uncovering problems. We work with suppliers on programs that improve their ability to deliver substantial and lasting social and environmental responsibility (SER) performance improvements on a broad range of issues.

In conjunction with local and international NGOs, training groups, and other stakeholders, our work builds knowledge and strengthens processes, educating employees throughout supplier organizations and instilling behavioral changes through worker empowerment and management systems development.

Our central aim is to improve the lives of workers who are the focus of our capability building. We invest in worker skills development and empower workers to improve SER performance.

Demonstrating results

In 2015, Hewlett-Packard Company:

  • Carried out 11 programs in 6 countries on topics such as worker empowerment, career development, labor rights, women’s health, SER management training, and financial inclusion
  • Trained more than 77,000 workers and managers, the majority through direct engagement
  • Found a 15% improvement in audit scores among suppliers who completed at least one capability-building program between 2013–2015

HPE continues to work with suppliers on programs that improve their ability to deliver substantial and lasting performance improvements on a broad range of SER issues with the central aim of improving the lives of workers. Learn about HPE’s supplier capability building program in the Ethical sourcing practices in the supply chain section in our Living Progress Positions, Policies and Programs.

Living Progress Positions, Policies and Programs

Hewlett-Packard capability-building initiatives