The firm said that it made industry firsts in fiscal 2008 in the areas of supply chain transparency and environmental sustainability, claiming to be the "first IT company to release the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its products manufacturing by publishing the emissions attributed to its first tier suppliers".
Other highlights from the year include qualifying for the US Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay logo, a labelling convention that aims to reduce fuel consumption, greenhouse gas and other air emissions.
HP also launched a new printer constructed almost entirely from recycled materials, and won an award for replacing a PC's cardboard and plastic packaging with a reusable bag made from 100 per cent recycled materials. The company also reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by four per cent over the period.
"HP's commitment to global citizenship is based on the premise that keeping our business goals and values aligned drives innovation and growth," said Gary Elliott, vice president of global citizenship at HP.
"Our leadership in areas such as supply chain transparency and environmental sustainability demonstrates our commitment to hold ourselves to higher standards of integrity, contribution and accountability."
The company also announced that it had "recovered for reuse" some 3.5 million hardware units, and had increased the amount of its own recycling to 120,000 metric tonnes over the course of the year.
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