Human rights

1st IT company to require direct employment of foreign migrant workers in our supply chain

Respecting human rights is instinctive to Hewlett Packard Enterprise. We take an uncompromising stance on human rights in our own operations, and work to influence others to do the same.

Our Global Human Rights Policy and other human-rights related policies describe how we integrate respect for human rights worldwide into our operations and value chain. We strive to catalyze greater protection of human rights universally and to lead on these issues in the IT sector.

Our approach to human rights

Our approach is rooted in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework” (UNGP). It provides a conceptual and policy framework for business and human rights, as well as guiding principles for implementation.

The use of IT can help advance society and enhance the lives of people worldwide. Such technology can also be used for unintended purposes or in contexts which are challenging, potentially linking their use to human rights impacts. As a company, we abide by all relevant sanctions, restrictions, and embargoes in its business operations worldwide. In addition, we utilize our human rights due diligence process to guide our actions when there is a risk of human rights impacts as a result of our business relationships.

Our influence extends across the company’s value chain and touches many communities worldwide. We engage extensively with our suppliers to protect workers and improve labor standards. We took a major step in 2014 by expanding our supply chain requirements related to preventing exploitative labor practices and forced labor. We are the first IT company to require direct employment of foreign migrant workers in our supply chain through the HPE Foreign Migrant Worker Standard.

In 2016, we continued the significant action taken in the past few years to prevent risks of human trafficking and forced labor. We strengthened our standards and developed more specialized tools for measuring supplier performance. We also undertook more stringent due diligence within our supply chain to uncover previously unidentified high risks—including increasing the number of specialized assessments against our Foreign Migrant Worker Standard. HPE received a 2016 Stop Slavery Award from the Thomson Reuters Foundation, in the “Transparency and Response to Challenge” category.

To learn more, check out Human trafficking in the supply chain section in our Living Progress Positions, Policies, and Programs.

Standing up for human rights

We believe that we should stand up for human rights in public forums and we collaborate openly to do so with a wide range of stakeholders including governments, NGOs, and business. Advocating for human rights and demonstrating leadership on these issues has long been central to our approach. Our efforts range from supporting basic labor rights at supplier factories to protecting the privacy of our employees and customers.

In 2016, we contributed to the following pro-human rights initiatives:

  • BSR Human Rights Working Group
  • Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Board of Directors
  • Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
  • IHRB Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment (LGRR)

Identifying human rights risks for HPE

To put our policies into practice, we conduct risk assessments and due diligence on business activities where we have the potential to impact human rights.

We have determined three communities of “rights holders” in relation to which HPE assesses and manages human rights risks: supplier employees, HPE employees, and customers.

In 2015, Hewlett-Packard Company conducted its human rights risk assessment as part of its overall corporate compliance assessment process covering 11 corporate functions and business groups. The top identified risks included supply chain labor practices as well as customer data privacy. We continue to manage these risks through our Supply Chain Responsibility and Privacy programs. To learn more, check out Ethical sourcing in the supply chain and Privacy and freedom of expressions sections in our Living Progress Positions, Policies, and Programs.

Human rights management

Our Office of the General Counsel oversees implementation of our SBC as well as our Global Human Rights Policy and designs processes aimed to prevent, mitigate, and remediate related impacts to and across our business. Our human rights program management office works with business units and global functions to address human rights impacts including consumer and employee data privacy, supply chain management, labor relations, employee health and safety, and global trade.

To learn more, read the Human rights section of our Living Progress Positions, Policies, and Programs.