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How ethical and sustainable is HP?

HP is a brand of printer that appears in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Printers, Scanners, and All In Ones Ratings Table.

Although HP printers are yet to meet our Ethical Benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in this brand if it submitted itself to apply for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make further detailed assessments and recommendations for ethical improvement.

What does HP do?

The HP Company (now known as HP) was established in 1939. back when the use of technology was far less widespread than it is now. Computers that were entirely electronic didn’t exist. The only printers available were large-format printing presses. It would take decades for the internet to take off.

The history of HP parallels the emergence of Silicon Valley and home computers. The early rise in the cost of home computers and printers for the typical customer was facilitated by HP’s breakthroughs, and the brand’s establishment helped spark a wave of electronics startups in Santa Clara County, California.

For which criteria does HP perform poorly?

Despite HP’s progress, there is still room for improvement. HP was marked down under our criteria for Animal Welfare, Political Donations, and Human Rights. On top of this, the brand still has significant progress to make regarding acquiring Ethical Accreditation.

In what areas does HP score well for its ethics?

HP performs well in the majority of our assessed research criteria such as all Environmental criteria, a Code of Conduct, Armaments, and Conflict Minerals.

How can the HP brand improve its Ethical Rating?

The Good Shopping Guide score results from multiple ethical criteria, and HP’s score has been calculated from these criteria. To reach our minimum ethical benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, HP has some issues to resolve, including Human Rights issues and Political Donations within the company.

Could The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation strengthen the CSR or ESG goals and reporting for your printer brand? The Ethical Printers, Scanners & All-In-Ones Ratings Table on The Good Shopping Guide lists the printer manufacturers that have been recognised for their ethical and sustainable business policies. Please get in contact with us or complete our brief initial ethical evaluation form if you have any questions or want to begin the Ethical Accreditation process right away!

Ethical performance in category


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  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Eco Labels


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Code of Conduct


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights


  • Conflict Minerals



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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