Hewlett-Packard

HP’s global Government Affairs team builds relationships with key officials around the world to discuss emerging issues, understand their thinking, offer HP’s unique expertise and insight, and describe the company’s positions. We are committed to active participation in the global public policy dialogue in accordance with laws and our Standards of Business Conduct.

As a leading technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally, HP focuses on public policies that maximize the ability of individuals and companies to innovate, benefit people’s daily lives and strengthen the global economy. As such, HP’s policy priorities are built on its two policy platforms – Innovation/Competitiveness and Environment – that support an economy based on innovation as the key to sustainable growth.

 

ASIA PACIFIC JAPAN REGION (APJ)

HP’s government affairs team drives business growth, increases market access and reduces operating expenses and risk through policy and political leadership in Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ). HP believes innovation increases productivity and competitiveness, leading to job creation and economic development.  Accordingly, HP supports public policies that maximize the ability of individuals and companies to innovate in order to benefit our citizens, strengthen the economy, and help companies succeed in the global marketplace.

Innovation/Competitiveness

  • Regional Investment: Working with multiple states and central governments in Asia-Pacific/Japan to create an attractive environment for investment into the region.
  • Japan: Working to protect current market conditions in the free airwave spectrum (WiFi and Bluetooth).

Market Access

  • IT Agreement (WTO): HP encourages the EU to respect the spirit of the agreement and refrain from introducing import duties on innovative products.
  • Removing Trade Barriers: Encouraging governments to remove their preference for buying locally produced products.
  • Anti-Counterfeit (ACF): Raise awareness of counterfeiting of HP products and strengthen ACF laws and enforcement priorities.
  • Standards: Work across the regions to harmonize standards for technology products, in addition to promoting the cross recognition of standards and certifications globally.  This will reduce our costs, in turn decreasing the cost to the customer and ensuring our ability to deliver innovative products to the region.

Environment

  • Energy Efficiency/e-Waste: Create incentives in Australia & New Zealand for the use of energy efficient IT products; promote electronics recycling in a cost effective, environmentally sound manner through the enactment of legislation based on flexible and reasonable mandates, tax incentives, and the elimination of regulatory obstacles.
  • Environmental Standards:  Working in the region with authorities on the environmental standards such as RoHS and WEEE.

 

HP EUROPE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA (EMEA)

HP believes innovation increases productivity, which leads to job creation and economic development in Europe. Accordingly, HP supports public policies that maximize the ability of individuals and companies to innovate with a view to benefiting EU citizens, strengthening the EU economy, and helping companies based in Europe – irrespective of their parentage – to succeed in the global marketplace.

Innovation/Competitiveness

  • Copyright levies: HP calls for a reform of the current EU copyright levy regime, which is inconsistently and randomly applied across the EU hurting consumers and industry alike.
  • R&D/Innovation: HP supports initiatives promoting technological innovation and R&D across Europe and plays a leading role in the European Technology Platform on Software and Services (NESSI) and Networked and Electronic Media (NEM) platform.
  • RFID: HP supports policies that encourage widespread adoption of the technology whilst creating an environment whereby EU consumers are aware of the considerable benefits of RFID and have full confidence in its various applications.
  • eSkills: HP supports pan-European actions to improve the eSkills of its citizens, with a view to promoting economic growth and bridging the digital divide.

Environment and Energy

  • Recycling & take-back: HP is a leader in electronics recycling and supports the objectives of the EU Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, in particular the provisions on “individual producer responsibility” which stimulate competition and innovation.
  • Energy efficiency: HP supports policies that promote the potential of ICT solutions to improve the energy efficiency of organisations and society at large, including more efficient eGovernment, eLogistics, and eBusiness practices. Furthermore, we support the stimulation of demand for green IT products, for example through the use of the Energy Star label.

External Relations

  • IT Agreement (WTO): HP encourages the EU to respect the spirit of the agreement and refrain from introducing import duties on innovative products.
  • Trade: HP supports the liberalisation of services and goods in the framework of the WTO and calls for a renewed efforts to conclude the Doha Round.
  • Transatlantic regulatory dialogue: HP supports increased cooperation and the removal of regulatory barriers on both sides of the Atlantic.

HP PRIORITIES IN THE USA

HP believes innovation increases productivity and competitiveness, leading to job creation and economic development.  Accordingly, HP supports public policies that maximize the ability of individuals and companies to innovate in order to benefit our citizens, strengthen the U.S. economy, and help U.S.-based companies succeed in the global marketplace.

 

Innovation & Competitiveness

  • Patent Reform: Reform the patent system to address disruptions to innovation caused by systemic imbalances in the current system and to improve patent quality.
  • Research & Development Tax Credit: Restore the effectiveness of the R&D Tax Credit by simplifying, strengthening and making it permanent. (S.41)
  • Increase U.S. Investment in Basic Research: Double funding over ten years for key Federal agencies that support science and engineering.
  • Education: Strengthen math and science education by attracting skilled teachers, providing professional development and increasing access to and incentives for high school students to take challenging math and science course.
  • Immigration: Enable companies to recruit and retain the talent necessary in a worldwide economy, including reforming the visa system for highly skilled workers.
  • Health IT: Promote the adoption of Health IT through the establishment of commonly accepted interoperable standards, funding for innovative Health IT pilots and incentives to encourage use of electronic health records.

Market Access

 

  • Open Trade: Renew Presidential Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and adopt meaningful free trade agreements that reduce tariffs, eliminate redundant testing and certification, liberalize IT-related services, and encourage non-discriminatory, transparent government procurement.

–       Customs modernization and trade facilitation

–       Transparency in government procurement

–       Liberalization of information technology services

  • China:  Open Chinese markets and promote a strong bilateral trade relationship between the U.S. and China.
  • Export controls: Support a balanced approach to export controls, including bringing knowledge controls up-to-date for important trade partners that do not pose security or proliferation risks.

Environmental Responsibility

  • E-recycling/e-waste: Promote electronics recycling in a cost effective, environmentally sound manner through the enactment of legislation based on the principle of shared responsibility, the adoption of tax credits for recycling and the elimination of regulatory obstacles.
  • Energy efficiency: HP understands and recognizes the significant and growing importance of energy consumption and energy efficiency in terms of impact on the environment, and as part of social responsibility. This recognition is reflected in the design of HP products as well as the way the company does business day to day.

HP PRIORITIES IN THE AMERICAS (NON-US)

HP believes innovation increases productivity, which leads to job creation and economic development in Latin America and Canada.  Accordingly, HP supports public policies that maximize the ability of individuals and companies to innovate with a view to benefiting Latin American and Canadian citizens, strengthening the regions’ economies, and helping companies and organizations based in the Americas succeed in the global marketplace.

Innovation/Competitiveness

  • Innovation Law:  Mexico: Work toward a comprehensive innovation and science and technology law to foster private sector innovation and R&D. Brazil: Have companies benefiting from IT law included in Innovation Law also.  Improve labor tax and cost-reduction regulations within IT Services Export Platform.  Latin America Region: Enact laws fostering development of IT infrastructure and e-government. Canada: Working with government leaders to develop federal policies that promote ICT investment as a key driver of productivity and competitiveness.
  • Copyright levies: Canada: Work to reform the current copyright act, which is hurting consumer and industry alike, by having existing levies removed in new legislation.
  • Tax Incentives: Develop favorable R&D, IT manufacturing, and export tax environments in selected countries. Mexico: Ensure that the effectiveness of the R&D Tax Credit is not diminished by the proposed fiscal reform and do not impact HP operations. Brazil: Receive past years’ R&D tax credits, and streamline future processing.
  • National Development and IT:  Continue to work with governments to include IT dimensions to all aspects of public policy related to development. Mexico: Develop a second generation of policy program PROSOFT 2.0 to promote the IT industry.  Canada:  Working with the federal government to proactively determine the role technologies may play in furthering its mandate around national security, economic prosperity, and energy efficiency and environmental policy.
  • Anti-Counterfeit (ACF): Raise awareness of counterfeiting of HP products and strengthen LAR ACF laws and enforcement priorities.

OpEx/Risk Reduction

  • Brazil – MFU Classification: Reduce import duty on high-end SKUs by changing classification model.
  • Data Privacy: Work with industry and other relevant actors to develop data privacy frameworks that provide adequate protection to personal information while preventing barriers to the private sector.
  • Government Procurement: Ensure that government procurement framework for IT is transparent and equitable.  Mexico: Ensure that Austerity Decree is implemented in an efficient way.  Canada:  Encourage government to take a solution-based approach to procurement as opposed to a commoditized approach, factoring in criteria such as quality, service, reliability and energy efficiency in addition to cost.

Environment

  • Energy Efficiency/E -Waste:  Create incentives for the use of energy efficient IT products; continue working with relevant sectors to ensure that Latin American countries and Canada enact legal and regulatory frameworks for the management of e-wastes that will improve environmental standards at a moderate cost impact for HP.  Promote tax incentives for responsible and proactive e-waste management.
  • Planet Partners: Work with governments to approve Planet Partners program for toner in selected countries, and expand approvals to ink wherever possible.
  • Canada: Work with Natural Resources Canada and government to help develop regulations and standards around their standby power initiative.

 

HP GLOBAL PUBLIC POLICIES

It is important for HP to remain innovative and competitive so that we may continue to improve the way people live and work with technology, target investments in advanced research and development projects, contribute to developing the skills of the global workforce, and enable high value employment in a global marketplace.

In order to support and enhance access to key markets, HP supports comprehensive and progressive bilateral and regional trade agreements worldwide that include deep commitments to liberalization on government procurement, services and standards disciplines.

While HP continues to innovate technologies, we are conscientious of the impact HP’s technologies may have on the environment.  This is why HP embraces a shared-producer responsibility in electronic recycling and policies supporting energy efficient technologies.

Association Memberships

 

We are members of national and regional trade and industry associations in virtually every country where we have a significant presence. HP’s positions on public policy issues are often expressed through these associations.

 

International

CEEG

AmCham EU (Belgium)

Brazil Software Association (ABES), Brazil

Brazil Graphic Industry Association (ABIGRAF), Brazil

AmCham Brazil, Brazil

Brasscom, Brazil

Brazil Electric and Electronic Industry Association (ABINEE), Brazil

CEMPRE, Brazil

Brazilian Anti-Piracy Forum (FNCP), Brazil

U.S.-Brazil Business Council

Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), Canada

Information Association of Canada, Canada

AmCham China, China

AmCham South China, China

China Electronics Standardization Institution (CESI), China

Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE)

TC260, China

United States Information Technology Office (USITO) in China, China

AmCham India, India

C-DEP, India

Chamber of Commerce, Ceylon, India

Conference of Indian Industry (CCI), India

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), India

Manufacturer’s Association for Information Technology (MAIT), India

National Association of Software & Service Co’s (NASSCOM), India

P@SHA- Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA)

U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC)

AmCham Indonesia, Indonesia

AmCham Israel, Israel

High Tech Industry Association (HTIA), Israel

AmCham Japan, Japan

AmCham Korea, Korea

Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Korea

National Strategy Institute (NSI), Korea

AmCham Malaysia, Malaysia

PIKOM, Malaysia

AMIPCI, Mexico

AMITI, Mexico

CANIETI, Mexico

Mexican Council of Foreign Relations (COMEXI), Mexico

AmCham Philippines, Philippines

AmCham Singapore, Singapore

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Singapore

The Stakeholder Company, Singapore

U.S.-Asean Business Council, Singapore

AmCham Spain, Spain

AMETIC, Spain

AmCham Taiwan, Taiwan

AmCham Thailand, Thailand

Enterprise Forum, United Kingdom

Industry Forum, United Kingdom

Lisbon Council, United Kingdom

TechAmerica, United Kingdom

Westminster Forum, United Kingdom

Business Europe

World Economic Forum (WEF)