Green practices boost engagement at HP

The environment matters to employees and customers
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/27/2007

Martha McIver, vice-president of human resources for Hewlett-Packard Canada, said the results of the company’s long-standing commitment to the community can be seen in increased employee engagement.

“One of the reasons people are proud to work at HP is our commitment to the environment. I think it’s something that matters to our employees and, increasingly, it’s something that matters to our customers,” she said.

The initiatives Hewlett-Packard has undertaken, and are recognized for, are too many for McIver to name. They began with founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard’s commitment to global citizenship as a high priority for the company back in 1957, said McIver. And they have been demonstrated through such programs as the internal product recycling program, started in 1987, and the design for environment program, launched in 1994 to ensure the product design stage takes environmental issues into consideration.