HP Inc.

HP Inc. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and retailers of personal computers and printers. This is the legal successor of Hewlett-Packard Company, after its storage, cloud, networking, and software services divisions split on November 2015 to become Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Despite the split, the two companies are closely cooperating, sharing supply chains, and continue to buy together and bid on contracts together, to enjoy the competitive benefit of size.

Most of the information on this profile dates back to Hewlett-Packard Company, and presents our assessment of business relationships retained by HP Inc. The 2015 corporate split was not followed by public disclosure by the companies clarifying the separation of specific business relationships and subsidiary companies. We have reached out to both companies and asked for more information, and we will update this page regularly with our findings. See more details about the HP corporate restructuring and upcoming spin offs near the end of this page.

We recommend HP Inc. for divestment, because of its ongoing, continuous and significant involvement in human rights violations as a part of the Israeli occupation and because the company has not been responsive to concerned stakeholders. The company’s significant involvement includes the supply and maintenance of technologies for the Israeli security forces and its business activities in illegal Israeli settlements. These activities began in the 1990s with Hewlett-Packard Company, and continue today, despite repeated appeals from Palestinian and other stakeholders.

Services and Technologies to the Israeli Military, Prison System, and Police

Hewlett-Packard Company has a long business relationship with the Israeli Military and other security forces, including contracts for being the exclusive provider of computers, printers, and servers. Following the 2015 corporate split, some of these contracts were handed over to HPE, but we have no confirmation for that. Below is the most current information we have about the contracts that may still be under HP Inc.

Hewlett-Packard Company has provided multiple services and technologies to the Israeli military, which is the primary Israeli authority that administers the military occupation of Palestinian territories. In 2002, the company won a bid to be the exclusive provider of laser printers for the Israeli Ministry of Defense. In 2009, the contract was extended to providing desktop and laptop computers as well. These two contracts, worth together hundreds of millions of dollars, were financed by the U.S. foreign military sales program, and have been repeatedly extended by the Israeli Ministry of Defense without tender.

Since at least 2007, Hewlett-Packard Company has contracts with the Israel Prison Service. Hewlett-Packard Company is contracted to provide maintenance for these services at least until the end of 2017. The Israel Prison Service is in charge of all incarcerated persons in Israel/Palestine. As of October 2016, this includes some 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners, including approximately 720 persons in administrative detention, 400 child detainees, and 6 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Most Palestinian prisoners are transferred from the occupied Palestinian territories to prisons located within Israel, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention (Article 76), which prohibits the transfer of prisoners outside an occupied territory. Furthermore, within the prison, Palestinian prisoners are separated from Israeli prisoners who were convicted for non-occupation-related offences, and are subject to torture and other discriminatory treatment by the Israel Prison Service.

Hewlett-Packard Company has also provided various technology services to the Israel National Police, at least since 2004 and until 2016. The Israeli National Police is directly responsible for certain aspects of maintaining the occupation. The Israeli police force is in charge of enforcing the law within the occupied West Bank and providing security for the Israeli settlements. The police regional district headquarters is located in the settlement area known as E-1. Building the police station specifically in this area was a part of Israel’s plan to connect the Ma’ale Adumim settlement to East Jerusalem, in order to severely impede the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, while displacing Palestinian residents. In addition, the Border Police branch of the Israel National Police is regularly deployed in the occupied Palestinian territories, where it works under the command of the military, and it is also used routinely against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Business Operations in Occupied Palestinian Territories

Two companies that are in the supply chain of Hewlett-Packard Company, Matrix IT and its subsidiary Tact Testware, are located in the illegal settlement Modi'in Illit. Matrix IT distributes HP computers, servers and virtualization solutions. Its employees are trained by Hewlett-Packard Company to provide software and services. Tact Testware provides Hewlett-Packard Company with testing and automatization services.

Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories are illegal under international law, as was reaffirmed in 2016 by UN Security Council decision 2334. As Human Rights Watch highlighted in a 2016 report, “the only way settlement businesses can avoid or mitigate contributing to abuses in line with their responsibilities under the UN Guiding Principles is by ending their operations in settlements or in settlement-related commercial activity.”

Global Military and Incarceration Services

Hewlett-Packard Company has been consistently ranked among the top-100 arms-producing and military services companies in the world since 2008. As of 2015, Hewlett-Packard Company was ranked 41th on the list, making a $2 billion profit that year from military contracts.

Hewlett-Packard technology is used in specific weapon systems, such as the THAAD missile system.

HP Inc. technologies are used by a variety of prisons and law enforcement agencies that form part of the U.S. mass incarceration system, which disproportionately targets poor people and people of color. One of HP Inc.’s largest U.S. institutional contracts is with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, one of the world’s largest incarceration systems, which uses HP Inc. printing solutions to increase its productivity.

Other Controversies

In 2014, Hewlett-Packard Company pleaded guilty to felony bribery charges of its subsidiaries in Russia, Poland, and Mexico. Hewlett-Packard representatives bribed local government officials in the three countries to secure government contracts. The company was fined a total of $108 million in criminal and regulatory penalties.

HP Corporate Split and its Impact

Hewlett-Packard Company was organized into seven business segments: Personal Systems, Printing, the Enterprise Group (“EG”), Enterprise Services (“ES”), Software, HP Financial Services (“HPFS”), and Corporate Investments. In November 2015, the company split into two new entities: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE), and HP Inc. HPE is comprised of the Enterprise Group, Enterprise Services, Software, HPFS and certain parts of Corporate Investments. Personal Systems, Printing and the remaining parts of Corporate Investments now form HP Inc. As a result, Hewlett Packard Enterprise focuses on servers, storage, networking, converged systems, and services and software. Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s portfolio also includes big data analytics and applications, enterprise security, application testing, delivery management and IT operations management solutions. HP Inc.’s business focus is on personal systems (PC’s, laptops, tablets) and printing (printers, scanners, copiers).

HP Inc. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and retailers of personal computers and printers. This is the legal successor of Hewlett-Packard Company, after its storage, cloud, networking, and software services divisions split on November 2015 to become Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Despite the split, the two companies are closely cooperating, sharing supply chains, and continue to buy together and bid on contracts together, to enjoy the competitive benefit of size.

Economic Activism Highlights

  • On April 12, 2016, the College Council of the University of Chicago passed a resolution to Divest University funds from apartheid, urging the university “ to withdraw, within the bounds of their fiduciary duty, investments in securities, endowments, mutual funds, and other monetary instruments with holdings in companies profiting from human rights abuses and violations of international law in Palestine, including, Hewlett-Packard."
  • March 25, 2016, The Unitarian Universalist Association and its endowment fund have implemented a human rights screen and divested from companies complicit in human rights violations, including HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
  • On March 6, 2016, the Vassar Student Association voted to support the international BDS movement and to divest from companies profiting from Israeli human rights abuses, including Hewlett-Packard.
  • On March 1, 2016, the University College London Union voted to support the BDS campaign, stating that the student union will “not have any commercial or investment relationship with companies that participate in Israeli violations of international law, including G4S, Veolia, HP and military companies that supply Israel such as BAE Systems and Raytheon.”
  • The Undergraduate Student Government Assembly at University of Illinois-Chicago unanimously voted on February 16, 2016, to pass a resolution to divest from corporations profiting off the Israeli occupation and other human rights violations, including Hewlett-Packard.  
  • On January 19, 2016, a landslide vote by the University of South Florida student senate passed a joint resolution to divest from corporations who profit from "illegal and brutal occupation" in Palestine, including Hewlett-Packard. The resolution was later vetoed by the student government president.
  • In November 2015 the student government at San Jose State University voted to divest from "companies that play an active role in the human rights violations committed by the Israeli Government in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" including HP. 
  • In November 2015, the University of California Santa Cruz student government reinstated a divestment resolution against HP that had originally passed in 2014, but was suspended pending an appeals process. The resolution calls on the university to drop its investments in any company that "profits from the Israeli occupation of Palestine." 
  • In October 2015 the Human Rights Council of the city of Portland, Oregon demanded that the City Socially Responsible Investments Committee place HP on the city's "Do Not Buy" list due to its complicity in "serious human rights violations in the ongoing illegal and brutal Israeli occupation of Palestinian land." 
  • In May 2015 Princeton graduate students passed a referendum calling on the university to divest from companies such as Hewlett-Packard as it is "complicit in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and blockade of the Gaza Strip."
  • In May 2015 the Olgethorpe University Student Senate passed a resolution to divest from Hewlett-Packard “based on evidence of their active role in human rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”
  • In April 2015 the Student Senate of Earham College passed a resolution in support of divestment "from companies directly involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestine", including Hewlett-Packard.
  • Northwestern University students voted to divest from HP in February 2015, citing its involvement in the Israeli ID card system and global mass incarceration.
  • In February 2015 the University of California Student Association, the official governing assembly of all University of California students, passed a resolution calling for the university to divest from companies “that violate Palestinian human rights,” specifically mentioning HP.
  • Students at UC Los Angeles passed a resolution to divest from HP in November 2014, because it “provide[s] biometric identification systems used at Israeli military checkpoints, which restrict the freedom of movement of Palestinians, facilitate discrimination against Palestinians, and reinforce a stratification of citizenship.”
  • In 2014, Britain’s National Union of Students called on its members to boycott HP because it is “complicit in financing and aiding Israel’s military.”
  • In 2014, the University of New Mexico’s Graduate and Professional Student Association targeted HP for divestment because it “has restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians and reinforced a stratification of citizenship by providing biometric identification systems used at Israeli military checkpoints.”
  • At UC Santa Cruz, in 2014, the student senate passed a divestment resolution against HP, stating “HP systems are installed in Israeli military checkpoints specifically designed to control and monitor Palestinian civilian movement and in military prisons.”
  • In June 2014, the Presbyterian Church's General Assembly voted to divest from HP, citing "ten years of unsuccessful engagement with the corporation on its involvement in home demolitions."
  • UC Riverside’s student government passed a resolution in the spring of 2014, stating HP “restrict[s] the freedom of movement of the Palestinian peoples within the West Bank by providing biometric identification systems used in the Israeli military checkpoints
  • Loyola University in Chicago passed a 2014 divestment resolution that stated HP “provides discriminatory identification systems used by the Israeli military checkpoints and profits from mass incarceration.”
  • A 2014 referendum passed by students at DePaul University decreed that HP “profit[s] from Israel's violation of the human rights of Palestinians and minorities within Israel.”
  • Nordea Bank engaged HP in 2014.
  • Students at UC Berkeley, in April 2013, passed a resolution against HP, stating it “provide[s] equipment, materials and technology to the Israeli military, including bulldozers and biometric identification systems.”
  • The Oberlin College student senate voted in 2013 to divest from HP due to its “injustices perpetrated on the Palestinian people by Israel.” 
  • Students at Canada’s York University Graduate Student Association voted in 2012 to divest from HP, citing its role in “Israeli human rights violations, war crimes and oppression.”
  • The Friends Fiduciary Corporation (Quakers) divested in 2012, citing HP’s role “provides IT consulting services to the Israeli Navy.”
  • In November of 2012, the Associated Students of UC Irvine voted unanimously to divest from HP, citing its “restricting the freedom of movement...by providing biometric identification systems used in the Israeli military checkpoints.”
  • The United Methodist Church began engaging with HP in 2008, citing concern over “human rights policies and practices in Israel,” and four regional conferences voted to divest from it in 2013.