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HP Outlines Sustainable Impact Agenda at First Latin America Summit

February 11, 2019

Lays groundwork for creating positive, lasting change for the Planet, People and Communities


Sustinable Impact Key Facts

·         By 2050, there will be 9.8 billion people on earth.

·         Energy use is expected to rise by 48 percent.

·         Greenhouse gas emissions are expected to rise 34 percent. 

·         Demand for water will be 40 percent higher than supply. 

·         At this rate, by 2050, we’ll need 2.3 Earths to accommodate these growing needs.

Innovation for Sustainable Impact Summit, Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 11, 2019 — HP today outlined its blueprint for Sustainable Impact, aimed at helping organizations in Latin America and around the world shape a more efficient, circular, low-carbon economy.

At today’s event, the company outlined its plans to achieve an ambitious goal to recycle 1.2 million tonnes of hardware and supplies by 2025 – a 5X increase over its current rate – via continued innovation throughout its product portfolio, go-to-market model and sustainable supply chain with partners across Latin America.

HP also announced a new e-cartridge fulfillment partnership with Kalunga, a leading office supplies provider based in Brazil. The program is the first of its kind in the region, allowing consumers to sign up for automated replacement of toner and ink cartridges, at a 15 percent discount with free shipping*.

“At HP, we are 100% focused on ensuring we do our part to preserve the planet for generations to come,” said Nate Hurst, HP’s Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer. “The manufacturing, delivery and use of HP products requires a substantial amount of natural resources. With one of the industry’s largest global supply chains, HP has a unique opportunity to have a sizable sustainable impact through the design, sourcing and recovery of our products, and to help accelerate progress toward a global circular economy.”

HP’s proactive leadership on environmental and social issues is a critical driver of brand trust. This year, HP was once again named to Corporate Knights’ Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the world ranking. For the fifth consecutive year, HP was named to CDP’s A List, which recognizes industry pioneers acting on climate change and building our future economy: one that works for both people and planet.

HP’s Sustainable Impact strategy is prioritized across three key pillars:


HP is committed to developing and delivering an environmentally sustainable product portfolio, improving the sustainability of global operations and partnering with suppliers to reduce their environmental impact. The company’s vision is to transform its entire business to drive a more efficient, circular, and low-carbon economy and enabling customers to reinvent the future through HP’s sustainable portfolio of products and services.

Over the last five years, HP Brazil has collected and recycled more than 5,000 tonnes of end-of-life HP products and manufactured more than 8.2M printers with recycled content1. HP Brazil’s closed-loop solutions on plastic require less energy to produce than virgin plastic and cost 15-32 percent less2. In 2018, the HP Ink Tank printer manufactured in Brazil contained 20 percent recycled content. HP’s goal is to reach 32 percent recycled content by 20202.

In 2018, HP Planet Partners Brazil recycled more than 797 tonnes of HP products. The HP Planet Partners program is now available in 76 countries and territories worldwide, including eight countries in Latin America and Puerto Rico. 


Regardless of the industry, employees want to be involved in meaningful initiatives, inspired by their day-to-day tasks, and work for organizations reflecting their personal values – these are core elements of an engaged workforce. According to a study by the Corporate Executive Board, engaged employees put forward 57 percent more effort at work and are 87 percent less likely to resign from their current company.

HP is reinventing the standard for Diversity & Inclusion and is committed to having a workforce that reflects its customer base. This includes diversity of thought, age, gender and nationality. Approximately 160 women graduated from the Women in Action leadership development and mentorship program in Guadalajara, Mexico and the program just rolled out in Brazil.

Across our supply chain, HP works to enable all people who help bring our products to market to thrive at work, at home and in their communities. We established a goal to develop the skills and improve the well-being of 500,000 factory workers by 2025 and in FY17, we achieved 49 percent of this goal.


HP combines social impact programs and partnerships with products and solutions to provide technology-enabled inclusive learning. HP’s ambition to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025, with a focus on preparing learners with  the skills to succeed in the future economy.

HP LIFE, a program of the HP Foundation, provides 30 free business and IT skills courses in seven languages, including Spanish and Portuguese. By 2025, HP LIFE aims to enroll 1M users in courses focused on career and workforce readiness. Through 2017, HP LIFE has reached more than 100,000 people across Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and Peru.

As outlined in HP’s 2017 Sustainable Impact Report, significant progress is being made across all pillars:

·         Drove a 38 percent year-over-year increase in deals where sustainability was a key differentiator

        o    More than $700 million in new business

·         Achieved goal of using 40 percent renewable electricity in its global operations3

·         Sourced more than 250 tonnes of ocean-bound plastic from Haiti for use in closed-loop recycling4

        o    Equivalent to 12 million bottles

·         Produced more than 3.8 billion HP ink and toner cartridges using recycled plastic through 2017

        o    From > 784M recovered cartridges, 86M apparel hangers and 4B plastic bottles

·         Recovered 3,200 tonnes of plastic from recycled electronics for use in its printers

        o    Via U.S. partnership with Best Buy

·         Collected and recycled 5M tons of end-of-life HP products in Brazil from 2012 - 2018

        o    At HP’s Innovation and Recycling Center in Sorocaba-São Paulo

·         Today, more than 80 percent of HP ink cartridges now contain 45-70 percent recycled content

        o    100 percent of HP toner cartridges contain 5-38 percent recycled content

·         Achieved 8-percent increase year-over-year in Diversity hires

        o    Up to 34.5 percent in 2017

·         Drove 6.5-percent increase in women holding leadership positions

        o    Up to 28.2 percent in 2017

·         Served >14.5 million students and adult learners through HP solutions

        o    Advancing quality education and digital literacy

HP Commitment to Sustainable Impact

HP aims to drive lasting improvements for the planet, people and communities. We engineer with integrity, ensuring all products and operations are based on the highest ethical standards. We are committed to full circle innovation that improves performance, reduces waste and powers a circular and low carbon economy. And we inspire impact, creating opportunities and enabling action to achieve a more just, equitable and inclusive society. 

To learn more about these efforts, visit the HP Sustainable Impact website or refer to our 2017 Sustainable Impact Report.


About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at

Cibeli Goncalves, HP inc.


*Offer expires March 31, 2019

1 CAMPOLINA, J. (2015). Inventory lifecycle of plastics recycling process of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE): a case study . Dissertation (Master). São Carlos Federal University (UFSCar), Sorocaba (SP), Brazil

2 Weight of plastic

3 As of October 31, 2018

4 As of October 31, 2018