Powerful forces are transforming how the world lives and works, placing unprecedented demands on everything from our healthcare and education systems to our energy grid. The global middle class is expected to triple to 1.15 billion by 2030, intensifying demand for energy and natural resources. Meanwhile, 71 million children of primary school age don’t have access to education, leaving them unprepared to get ahead in today’s knowledge economy.
HP recognizes these global challenges, and believes that business can play a vital role in creating positive change. Today, HP released its 2010 HP Global Citizenship Report, a comprehensive update on the company's activities and achievements in corporate and social responsibility over the past year. Spanning a variety of areas, including social innovation, environmental sustainability, human rights and compliance, the report outlines performance and goals for the company’s global citizenship practices.
A key theme in this year’s report is HP’s focus on driving innovations that enrich society while also bring value to HP’s business and its customers. HP believes that corporate success and social welfare are interdependent, and its global citizenship model enables HP to create value for both company stakeholders and for society as a whole.
Mike Holston, executive vice president and general counsel at HP, said of HP’s work over the past year, “For more than 70 years at HP, global citizenship has been about living our values and acting with purpose. It’s a commitment that goes beyond pressing issues, such as climate change or human rights. It extends to the things we do, every day in empowering others across the globe to be more sustainable, productive and successful.”
While this is the 10th consecutive year that HP has reported on its global citizenship programs, global citizenship is rooted in values that have driven the company successfully for more than 70 years. Highlights of the impact of HP’s programs are outlined below. The full report is available to view here.
“The New Global Middle Class: Potentially Profitable—but Also Unpredictable,” Knowledge@Wharton, July 2008, citing the World Bank.
“Out of School Adolescents,” United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, March 26, 2010.
HP today announced a planned commitment of $25 million over 10 years to support the projected expansion of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and a cutting-edge research initiative designed to enhance the safety and quality of care for critically ill patients and their families.
HP’s investment will increase access to state-of-the-art treatments for local children and expectant mothers and help advance research collaborations between scientists at HP Labs, the company’s central research arm, and Packard Children’s Hospital. The project team will investigate issues of quality, patient safety, and personalized care, with the goal of improving pediatric medicine worldwide.
(image: HP Labs in Palo Alto)
Leaders from the hospital, HP Labs, and HP’s Enterprise Business Group have worked together since 2007 to develop faster, safer, and more personalized patient care. Upcoming studies will harness methods in data-driven science to find patterns in environmental, clinical and genetic data in order to reach new levels of personalized medicine.
If you’d like to support Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital visit: http://www.supportlpch.org/.
To learn more about HP’s commitment to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, read the full announcement at the HP Newsroom.
HP’s Catalyst Initiative has been at the forefront of advancing STEM education with unique approaches that leverage technology and have global reach. Recently, HP announced plans to invest $1 million in support of a new Education Innovation Challenge Fund for India. Now, HP is looking for 20 new organizations to join the HP Catalyst Network and receive more than $150,000 (USD) in technology, cash, and professional services.
How can you get involved?
First, to qualify for eligibility, applications must be submitted by educational institutions that serve students in grades 6-16 in these targeted countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.
If you’re eligible, you can download the request for proposals here: www.hp.com/go/hpcatalyst. When preparing your proposal it’s important to think about HP’s innovation themes for transforming STEM education:
- The Multi-Versity: Exploring new ways to provide online STEM education to post-secondary, secondary, and adult students
- Pedagogy 3.0: Examining the future of STEM teacher preparation and preparing teachers to facilitate 21st century learning experiences for their students
- Global Collaboratory: Enabling students to participate in collaborative problem-solving to address urgent social challenges using the power of collaborative grid computing
- The New Learner: Engaging formal and informal education organizations to explore how to build a network of learning opportunities for students
- Measuring Learning: Developing ways to assess STEM competencies that are often not assessed in school and the ability to tackle big, open-ended challenges
- STEM-preneur: Addressing novel ways to combine STEM education with the skills and passion of entrepreneurship
If you’re interested in who received grants in 2010, check out the full list here: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/socialinnovation/hpcatalyst-2010recipients.html
Think you have what it takes? We’d love to hear from you.
To help aid the relief efforts in Japan, HP, its employees and the Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation have committed more than $2.3 million in technology product and cash donations to organizations that are supporting short- and long-term relief work.
The Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation and HP employees contributed cash to Save the Children, which has been working in Japan for 25 years, and to the Japanese Red Cross through its affiliate, the American Red Cross. Both organizations were among the first to respond to the disaster and have been working tirelessly on the ground in Japan since to provide food, shelter, counseling and safe areas for children.
HP has also partnered with InterConnection, Microsoft, Dell and NetHope, to provide laptops to relief workers in Japan. These laptops will allow workers from organizations like Oxfam Japan to communicate with each other, share information and coordinate efforts across the region where many operations are faced with a breakdown in information and communication technology (ICT).
Laptops running HP Visual Collaboration, a software-based video conferencing product, will be deployed in three affected cities, Tokyo, Miyagi and Fukushima. The goal is to facilitate high quality, “face-to-face” communication between workers, survivors and others – helping extend the power of personal connections between Tokyo and harder hit regions.
Finally, HP has provided printers, ink/toner cartridges and paper to assist in the relief efforts and ensure relief workers are able to remain fully operational. Paper-based documentation and communication are even more necessary given the availability issues of electricity and other infrastructure. HP has provided printers to Sendai city, Fukushima prefecture and local telecomm carriers to provide the ability to print in these hard hit areas.
“Our thoughts are with the people of Japan as they deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami,” said Léo Apotheker, president and chief executive officer, HP. “We hope that HP’s financial commitments and technology products will provide victims and humanitarian aid workers with the resources needed to begin resuming normal life in the affected areas.”
HP has a long-standing history of helping people in need in communities around the world. The people of Japan and relief organizations will face overwhelming challenges in the coming months as they help rebuild Japan, and HP is committed to supporting these efforts.
Photo Caption: Children play at a Save the Children Child Friendly Space in Ishinomaki, Japan, 13 days after the town was struck by a devastating tsunami. Photo by Save the Children.
This week Newsweek and The Daily Beast identified and honored 150 of those “Extraordinary Women" who are "local heroes, and the growing network of powerful women who support their efforts." The global status and influence of women have changed dramatically in the recent decades. Many determined women have fought against odds to become heads of states, develop breakthroughs in technology and science, or establish impactful organizations that are improving the way of life for many in underserved areas around the world.
Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of HP's Office of Global Social Innovation, was selected and recognized by this exceptional list for her dedication in maximizing results from the philanthropic efforts of HP, the world's largest technology company. Gabi and her team work aggressively to tackle critical social issues in education and health through strategic collaborations with non-profits and social entrepreneurs to serve developing communities around the world.
Image credit: The Daily Beast, Women in the World