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Hewlett-Packard Awarded AA RepuTex Social Responsibility Rating

  • 08 November, 2004 10:54

<p>SYDNEY, Australia, 8 November 2004 – Hewlett-Packard (HP) has recorded the highest increase in corporate social responsibility ratings in Australia and New Zealand, placing it in the top 10 of all organisations, according to RepuTex’s annual findings.</p>
<p>HP’s accelerated approach to social responsibility gave it a leading position among 120 of Australia’s and New Zealand’s largest organisations reviewed in RepuTex’s 2004 Social Responsibility Ratings. The ratings comprehensively review organisations according to their best-practice approach to corporate governance, workplace practices, environmental and social impact.</p>
<p>HP’s initiatives for a diverse organisational culture, its sustained and proven environmental programs and sponsorship commitments earned the company an AA overall rating.</p>
<p>“HP takes its global citizenship responsibilities seriously with a diverse range of strategies and projects that reflect the local issues and needs of the countries in which we operate,” said Paul Brandling, Vice President and Managing Director of HP, South Pacific.</p>
<p>“We call on the expertise of employees at all levels of the organisation, and engage strongly with government, industry, environmental and other organisations to influence and create change that benefits the whole of Australia.</p>
<p>“Encouraging a diverse workforce that truly reflects the community in which we live is also a major priority and we are backing our vision for a flexible and inclusive internal culture with programs designed to attract the best employees, regardless of race, religion, gender or disability.</p>
<p>“We’re delighted with the result and will drive further leadership in social responsibility in the coming year,” said Mr Brandling.</p>
<p>HP has taken a strong approach to the environmental impact of the technology industry. It has actively engaged with the Federal Government in developing the definition of hazardous waste to help in the recycling of IT equipment, and has a taken a leadership stance in the recycling of printer supplies through a national Planet Ark program and the recycling of its ink and toner cartridge supplies.</p>
<p>HP is also a signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding on reducing greenhouse gas emissions with the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA). SEDA was established by the New South Wales Government to reduce harmful gases by the use of sustainable energy technologies in buildings.</p>
<p>Last year, HP contributed more than AUD$82.5 million (US$62 million) in resources worldwide for philanthropic and educational pursuits. In Australia it contributes to the University of Adelaide’s Echallenge, Melbourne University Entrepreneurs Challenge, Starlight Children’s Foundation and the HP Mobile Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative.</p>
<p>About HP
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended 31 July 2004, HP revenue totalled $78.4 billion. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.au.</p>
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Diane Mangan
Burson-Marsteller
02 9928 1524
0422 536 406
diane_mangan@au.bm.com</p>
<p>Hewlett-Packard
3 Richardson Place
North Ryde, Australia
www.hp.com.au</p>

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