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HP’s Pledge To Reduce Its Water Footprint Is On The Right Track


HP along with its suppliers help the local community to tackle the growing issue of water scarcity.

Dailycsr.com – 23 July 2016 – The availability of water is becoming a growing concern all over the world, therefore HP has made a commitment of “understanding and disclosing water use” across the company’s value chain.
Even though, HP’s operations do not directly fall under the water intensive category, yet the company has been working on reducing its water consumption, especially in “water-stressed regions”. In order to assess the level of water scarcity in the sites from there HP operates, the company uses the “World Business Council for Sustainable Development Global Water Tool”. Talking about the initiatives taken in the same for the year of 2015, HP informs:
“The use of smart meters, infrastructure upgrades, and improved irrigation and landscaping are three key water initiatives we pursued in 2015 and will continue to moving forward. In 2015, Hewlett-Packard Company, HP Inc.’s former company prior to the separation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, reduced freshwater consumption per employee at office sites by 26% compared to 2010, achieving its goal of a 20% decrease by 2020”.
In fact, the scarcity of water is becoming an ever increasing risk in multiple regions wherein the suppliers of HP operate. It is for the best interest of everyone that HP along with its suppliers get together to facilitate better management of water besides encouraging the locals to be more responsible while withdrawing and discharging the precious natural resource.
As a member of the “Global Social Compliance Programme”, HP’s “Environmental Reference Tools” helps the company’s suppliers to become conscious in their water management and to improve the same in turn. Furthermore, the said tool also helps the suppliers in dealing with “other aspects of environmental performance”, assessing “risks to local environments and communities” and identifying “water-stressed locations”.
While HP also informs:
“Customer use of our products represents most of our total water footprint, due to the considerable amounts of cooling water required during electricity generation as well as water use related to the production of paper used in our printers. As in our operations and supply chain, improving energy efficiency in our products reaps big rewards; decreased water use is just one. Water consumption associated with product use decreased by 14% compared to 2014, driven primarily by decreased energy use in our product portfolio”.