HP Releases List of Supply Chain Smelters
Company Launches Industry-First Initiative to Publish Smelters in
Effort to Achieve Conflict-Free Supply Chain
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/15/13 -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) today
published a list of the 195 smelters that have been identified within
its supply chain.
HP is the first IT company to publish its supply chain smelter list
and to have the smelter identification process be independently
reviewed. This move underscores HP's leadership toward achieving a
conflict-free supply chain by encouraging suppliers to become
conflict-free smelter (CFS) certified and urging the entire industry
to move toward greater utilization of conflict-free smelters and
For more than a decade, the mining of minerals used to produce
tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (3TG) in the Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) has been linked to the funding of armed groups waging a
civil war in the country. These metals are widely used in many
industries and are commonly found in electronic products.
HP has played a leading role in international efforts to achieve
conflict-free sources within the DRC, and it helped launch the
Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Global
e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Extractives work group. This work
group has established the CFS Program.
"We approached this issue with the same rigor as other complex
operating challenges and have achieved something notable," said Tony
Prophet, senior vice president, Supply Chain Operations, Printers and
Personal Systems Group, HP. "We are committed to collaborating across
our supply chain as well as with NGOs and industry organizations to
drive responsible sourcing within the Democratic Republic of the
Congo and achieve a Conflict-Free Supply Chain."
As part of its commitment to work toward solutions in the DRC and
neighboring countries, HP has been active with nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs), industry organizations and government entities,
including the Enough Project, the U.S. State Department and the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
"HP has shown leadership throughout the past four years around
addressing conflict minerals within its supply chain. Publishing its
list of smelters is another significant step in the right direction,
because it puts pressure on smelters to be audited as conflict free,"
said Sasha Lezhnev, senior policy analyst, the Enough Project. "Just
a year ago, companies were afraid of publishing lists of smelters,
but this added layer of transparency can help get our consumer
products to be conflict free."
HP is committed to providing an increased level of supply chain
transparency for its customers and other external stakeholders. In
2008, HP was the first IT company to begin to publish its first-tier
supplier names -- representing approximately 95 percent of HP
supplier spend. Along with the smelter list publication, HP today
also is publishing the factory street addresses and product types of
its product final assembly suppliers.
These initiatives are a part of HP's larger Supply Chain Social and
Environmental Responsibility program and underscore its leadership in
managing its supply chain to the highest ethical standards.
HP has one of the industry's most extensive supply chains, comprising
more than 1,000 production suppliers and tens of thousands of
nonproduction suppliers, and spanning more than 45 countries and
HP continues to work with suppliers around the globe to deliver
substantial and lasting social and environmental performance
improvements on a broad range of topics, including labor and ethics,
health and safety, environment, and management systems.
Additional information about HP's commitment to conflict-free
minerals is available at
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