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Supply Chain Responsibility
Supply chain responsibility
We work collaboratively with suppliers to protect and elevate workers and reduce environmental impacts. Our extensive Supply Chain Responsibility (SCR) program helps ensure the continuity of our supply lines and quality of our products by assessing risks, improving performance, and sharing expertise to drive responsible practices throughout the industry.
Our adaptive supply chain and industry-leading SCR standards support delivery of world-class products and services, ensuring we remain a trusted sourcing partner to our customers.
Supplier SER requirements
Any supplier doing business with us must commit to strict social and environmental requirements.
Every year we audit factories around the world that make our products and we publish the results.
We publish a list of all HPE production suppliers and information about their sustainability practices.
Reducing environmental impacts
By addressing environmental impacts in our supply chain, including energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, waste, and water, we meet customer expectations and regulatory requirements, enhance resource efficiency, and improve the environmental footprints of our products.
Leading the way in emissions reductions
HPE set a first-of-its-kind supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal based on climate science. The capability-building program will enable 80% of our manufacturing suppliers to set science-based emissions reduction targets in their own operations, seeking to avoid the equivalent of 100 million tons of emissions. HPE will also reduce manufacturing-related emissions (on an absolute basis) within our supply chain by 15% by 2025. It is our aim that this program will help catalyze the industry.
We are committed to improving the lives of workers and eradicating forced labor and human trafficking. We provide additional protection for vulnerable groups at heightened risk of exploitation and drive industry action through targeted capability-building, focused monitoring, and strict standards.
Protecting foreign migrant workers
Three years ago, we launched our industry-leading foreign migrant worker standard. HPE is a founding member of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, focused on promoting ethical recruitment and combating the exploitation of migrant workers.
Elevating student and dispatch workers
HPE created the first standard in our industry addressing the increase in the use of student and dispatch workers in China. We require all student work to be voluntary, limit the number of student workers, and ensure roles further their education.
Uncompromising on human rights
Respecting human rights is a core value at HPE and is embedded through our operations and value chain.
Sourcing conflict-free minerals
Working closely with our suppliers, we aim to achieve conflict-free status for our products and eliminate the risks associated with conflict. In particular, the sale and use of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold (3TG) from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries is linked to the funding of violent groups who commit human rights atrocities. Development International awarded HPE a perfect SEC compliance score for our 2016 Conflict Minerals Disclosure.
Learn more about Living Progress
For more details on how we are addressing supply chain responsibility, check out the "Ethical sourcing practices in the supply chain" section in our Living Progress 2016 Positions, Policies, and Programs. To learn about our progress, see "Supply chain responsibility" in our Living Progress 2016 Data Summary.
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HPE global product environmental requirements
HPE approach to supply chain social and environmental responsibility
HPE foreign migrant worker standards
HPE requirements for managing student and dispatch workers
HPE global human rights policy
HPE supplier code of conduct
HPE supplier SER requirements