Q&A with Tech Impact Awards Judges
1. Why did you agree to become a CRN Tech Impact judge?
I think sustainability is a key topic for us all as individuals, as parents of the future generation as well as our responsibilities within the companies we represent. At HP Inc. we are continuously driving to deliver sustainable impact for our planet, people and communities, and we work in collaboration with our channel partners to drive positive impact through HP Amplify Impact.
2. What’s the most alarming sustainability-related stat you’ve heard recently?
There are many alarming sustainability related statistics. However, one that stands out to me personally, because my husband and 10 year old daughter enjoy sea fishing together, is that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the ocean! This is why it is so important that HP has sourced more than 60 million bottles of ocean-bound plastic, that might otherwise have reached waterways and oceans, for inclusion into HP products.
3. What advice would you have for IT providers looking for quick wins on sustainability?
To the reseller community we serve, it would be - think big and partner effectively! Set ambitious and measurable sustainability goals for your company to drive change and partner with vendors that are leading the way in sustainability, who can support you and your customers in all elements. At HP we are committed to find new ways to lead with purpose, in all elements of our business, but to give a couple of examples:
• In supplies we have a full closed-loop recycling system (Planet Partners Program). Since 1991, HP has kept more than 875 million HP cartridges, 114 million apparel hangers, and 4.69 billion postconsumer plastic bottles out of landfills, instead upcycling them to make new HP products.
• HP A3 PageWide and multifunction printers consume up to 70% less energy than comparable laser printers, and reduce the carbon footprint by up to 45%.
4. Have you or your company’s outlook towards sustainability changed in the last year?
HP’s commitment to sustainability is embedded in our DNA and at all levels of the company. The climate crisis is an unprecedented challenge demanding immediate action across private and public sectors. This month, HP announced extensive and ambitious climate action goals, focusing on carbon emissions, circularity and forest protection and restoration. One of our goals is to drive net-zero carbon emissions across our entire value chain by 2040, beginning with Supplies business achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.