As a global organization with a supply chain that spans the world, HPE has long recognized the part it can play in tackling the root causes of forced labour and human trafficking. It embraces the opportunity and responsibility to use scale, influence, and experience to help its suppliers improve their social and environmental responsibility (SER) standards and performance.
HPE has been named the winner of the inaugural Stop Slavery Award for Transparency and Response to Challenges. Established by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the award recognizes businesses that have excelled in efforts to try to eradicate forced labour from their supply chains. The goal is to inspire more companies to investigate, improve and eradicate unfair and illegal labour practices in their supply chains.
In 2014, HPE issued an industry-leading standard governing how suppliers recruit, select, hire, and manage foreign migrant workers.
To ensure the standards are adhered to, training is provided for suppliers on the new requirements, along with tools to assist them with implementation. Compliance is verified in a number of ways including by conducting in-depth, on-site assessments. Finally, HPE partners with others in the industry and beyond to raise standards and develop tools to more aggressively tackle this issue.