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NAME: Constantino Dumisani

SURNAME: Mlilo

STUDENT ID: 15001056

CURTIN EMAIL: c.mlilo@student.curtin.edu.au

CAMPUS: Mauritius Campus: Charles Telfair Institute

TIME: Monday, October 04, 2010

TITLE: Submission to the Local Network: Recommendations on the


compliance of the Global Compact principles.

COURSE: Accounting and Finance

UNIT: Communication in Business 100

UNIT LECTURER: Sarita Ramanan

COMPANY: Hewlett Packard


Submission to the Local Network: Recommendations on the compliance of the Global
Compact principles.

October 04, 2010

We are writing to recommend a Green Innovation proposition (Panasonic 2010) to the Local
Network as a measure to conform to the 8th and 9th Environmental Principles of the Global
Compact. The principles are undertaking initiatives to promote greater environmental
responsibility; and encouraging the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly
technologies respectively (United Nations Global Compact 2010). The principles require that
the organisations partaking in the Global Compact meet the societal needs towards the
establishment of environmental sustainable practices. They also state that the organisations
should protect the environment by providing less polluting technologies and recycling their
wastes (United Nations Global Compact 2010). Our proposal (Green Innovation) would
cover both the life and business innovation as it seeks better living in a sustainable way for
the people and responsible business practices towards the environment (Panasonic 2010).

We intend to implement the Green Innovation idea in Nigeria, as we have realised that the
country has a vast collection of e-waste. There is high dumping of old and used equipment in
Nigeria and this has caused at one time the total of waste to reach over 50 million tonnes
(Nigeria fears e-waste 'toxic legacy' 2010). The country does not have the technical
capability to reduce its abundant levels of e-waste that are hazardous to human health and the
environment. There are also large illegal exports of second hand computers that are sent to
the country without being tested (Nigeria fears e-waste 'toxic legacy' 2010).

Hewlett Packard in the European region has been involved in numerous projects in order to
recycle the e-waste. It has worked with the European Recycling Platform (ERP) which has
seen nearly 30000 tonnes of equipment being collected for recycling (HP 2010). In order to
implement the reduction of the e-waste and provide a safer environment in Europe, HP
provided a payback scheme whereby the amount worthy of the old equipment is given back
to consumers when they return the products for recycling (HP 2010). This has given us
encouragement in our quest which we would like to accomplish in Nigeria.

Other companies in the same business operations with HP have taken initiatives to promote
green innovation through waste management and producing eco-friendly products. For
instance IBM in South Africa has set ‘green’ practises that would include waste and chemical
management, and their biggest problem of dismantling e-waste (IBM’s Green Drive Reaches
South Africa 2007).
For the implementation of the Global Compact Principles, we recommend the following
measures to be taken into consideration:

a) Setup e-waste collection points and at least one recycling plant in countries that
have been affected by the dumping of e-waste.

Collection points for e-waste and recycling plants can be setup in countries with
excess e-waste. In this way the collected waste products can then be recycled and
their negative impact on the environment is reduced. Though in Europe there are no
dumpsite for e-waste, HP in collaboration with ERP set up collection points and
various measures to tackle the increase of old equipment. Due to this, we have seen a
great reduction in e-waste levels in Europe (HP 2010).

b) Work with the Government and NGOs to elevate the problems of e-waste.

Working with the government would help in that communication is made easier to the
community. The government can be responsible for the collection points and integrate
them to be part of the national garbage collection scheme. Costs would therefore be
reduced and the process can be quickly implemented as the garbage collection is done
regularly. NGOs could help by contributing towards the research of effective
recycling.

c) Banning of the disposal of e-waste in developing and under developed countries,


and transparency in reporting of business practises towards the environment.

For this to be done, organisations themselves must ensure that they engage in fair
business practise. Dell for example, banned the exportation of malfunctioning
computers and monitors to developing countries (Dell bans e-waste export to
developing countries 2009). We also think that organisations should provide
Environmental reports that are separate from the CSR. In this way transparency would
be encouraged.

How the company, shareholders and community would be affected.

This move if followed through would have an impact on the company, the shareholders and
the community in which HP operates in Nigeria. Considering the costs of setting up the
infrastructure for recycling and the extra employees that will be required, this would be
expensive for our company and it will reduce the profits. However, acting ethically would
improve our company’s profits in the long run. Also the e-waste that we would be recycling
would be used to manufacture new products. In this way, we can say that it will cut our cost
in terms of raw materials.

Based on our past experiences in Brazil, taking measures into fulfilling the idea we proposed,
has seen the development of job opportunities for the community were we operate in Brazil
(HP 2010). Going forward with idea would provide employment to the Nigerian community.
Besides employment, the community will be educated on the dangers of the e-waste on their
health and the environment. Through payback or exchange program of the old equipment, the
community will feel safe and secure in their homes as they will be using environmentally
friendly products. The community can resist the move of payback scheme, as they may feel
short-changed by the scrap value we would be paying for the old HP equipment.

Our shareholders at HP at first glance would view our proposal as a resource and finance
wasting move. Yes it will be an expense to HP and this could cause a decline in the
company’s profits, but we are also considering the future of the organisation. By partaking in
this proposition, we will be fulfilling our corporate responsibility as a company and also
saving and protecting the lives of many in Nigeria. With the collective global change of the
societal view on a responsible and ‘green’ company, partaking in this initiative would
improve the image of the company.

We intend to comply with the 8th and 9th Global Compact principles through the
implementation of the Green Innovation idea. We have stated recommendations above that
we hope would be initiated to ensure member compliance with the Global Compact.

Yours Sincerely,

C. D. Mlilo
Constantino Mlilo D.

Head of Corporate Communications


References:

Dell bans e-waste export to developing countries. 2009. Physorg.


http://www.physorg.com/news161354077.html (accessed October 04, 2010).

HP. 2010. http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/globalcitizenship/enviro/reuse/programs.html (accessed


October 03, 2010).

IBM’s Green Drive Reaches South Africa. 2007. TriplePundit.


http://www.triplepundit.com/2007/12/ibm%E2%80%9Aaos-green-drive-reaches-
south-africa/ (accessed October 04, 2010)

Nigeria fears e-waste 'toxic legacy'. 2006. BBC News, December 19.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6193625.stm (accessed October 03, 2010).

Panasonic. 2010. http://panasonic.net/vision/ (accessed October 02, 2010).

United Nations Global Compact. 2010.


http://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheGC/TheTenPrinciples/index.html
(accessed October 02, 2010).
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paper text:
3Submission to the Local Network: Recommendations on the compliance of the Global
Compact principles. October 04, 2010 We are writing to recommend a Green Innovation
proposition (Panasonic 2010) to 10the Local Network as a measure to conform to the 8 th
3and 9 th Environmental Principles of the Global Compact. The principles are2undertaking
initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and encouraging the development
and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies respectively (United Nations Global
Compact 2010). The principles require that the organisations partaking in the Global
Compact meet the societal needs towards the establishment of environmental sustainable
practices. They also state that the organisations should protect the environment by providing
less polluting technologies and recycling their wastes (United Nations Global Compact
2010). Our proposal (Green Innovation) would cover both the life and business innovation as
it seeks better living in a sustainable way for the people and responsible business practices
towards the environment (Panasonic 2010). We intend to implement the Green Innovation
idea in Nigeria, as we have realised that the country has a vast collection of e-waste. There is
high dumping of old and used equipment in Nigeria and this has caused at one time the total
of waste to reach over 50 million tonnes (Nigeria fears e-waste 'toxic legacy' 2010). The
country does not have the technical capability to reduce its abundant levels of e-waste that are
hazardous to human health and the environment. There are also large illegal exports of
second hand computers that are sent to the country without being tested (Nigeria fears e-
waste 'toxic legacy' 2010). Hewlett Packard in the European region has been involved in
numerous projects in order to recycle the e-waste. It has worked with the European Recycling
Platform (ERP) which has seen nearly 30000 tonnes of equipment being collected for
recycling (HP 2010). In order to implement the reduction of the e-waste and provide a safer
environment in Europe, HP provided a payback scheme whereby the amount worthy of the
old equipment is given back to consumers when they return the products for recycling (HP
2010). This has given us encouragement in our quest which we would like to accomplish in
Nigeria. Other companies in the same business operations with HP have taken initiatives to
promote green innovation through waste management and producing eco-friendly products.
For instance IBM in South Africa has set 'green' practises that would include waste and
chemical management, and their biggest problem of dismantling e-waste (IBM's Green Drive
Reaches South Africa 2007). For the implementation of the Global Compact Principles, we
recommend the following measures to be taken into consideration: a) Setup e-waste
collection points and at least one recycling plant in countries that have been affected by the
dumping of e-waste. Collection points for e-waste and recycling plants can be setup in
countries with excess e-waste. In this way the collected waste products can then be recycled
and their negative impact on the environment is reduced. Though in Europe there is no
dumpsite for e-waste, HP in collaboration with ERP set up collection points and various
measures to tackle the increase of old equipment. Due to this, we have seen a great reduction
in e-waste levels in Europe (HP 2010). b) Work with the Government and NGOs to elevate
the problems of e-waste. Working with the government would help in that communication is
made easier to the community. The government can be responsible for the collection points
and integrate them to be part of the national garbage collection scheme. Costs would
therefore be reduced and the process can be quickly implemented as the garbage collection is
done weekly. NGOs could help by contributing towards the research of effective recycling. c)
Banning of the disposal of e-waste in developing and under developed countries, and
transparency in reporting of business practises towards the environment. For this to be done,
organisations themselves must ensure that they engage in fair business practise. Dell for
example, banned the exportation of malfunctioning computers and monitors 5to developing
countries (Dell bans e-waste export to developing countries 2009). We also think that
organisations should provide Environmental reports that are separate from the CSR. In this
way transparency would be encouraged. Effects of the recommendations on the company,
shareholders and the HP Nigerian community. This move if followed through would have an
impact on the company, the shareholders and the community in which HP operates in
Nigeria. Considering the costs of setting up the infrastructure for recycling and the extra
employees that will be required, this would expensive for our company and it will reduce the
profits. However, acting ethically would improve our company's profits in the long run. Also
the e-waste that we would be recycling would be used to manufacture new products. In this
way, we can say that it will cut our cost in terms of raw materials. Based on our past
experiences in Brazil, taking measures into fulfilling the idea we proposed, has seen the
development of job opportunities for the community were we operate in Brazil (HP 2010).
Going forward with idea would provide employment to the Nigerian community. Besides
employment, the community will be educated 9on the dangers of the e-waste to their health
and the environment. Through payback or exchange program of the old equipment, the
community will feel safe and secure in their homes as they will be using environmentally
friendly products. The community can resist the move of payback scheme, as they may feel
short-changed by the scrap value we would be paying for the old HP equipment. Our
shareholders at HP at first glance would view our proposal as a resource and finance wasting
move. Yes it will be an expense to HP and this could cause a decline in the company's profits,
but we are also considering the future of the organisation. By partaking in this proposition,
we will be fulfilling our corporate responsibility as a company and also saving and protecting
the lives of many in Nigeria. With the collective global change of the societal view on a
responsible and 'green' company, partaking in this initiative would improve the image of the
company. We intend to comply with the 8 th and 9 th Global Compact principles through the
implementation of the Green Innovation idea. We have stated recommendations above that
we hope would be initiated 8to ensure member compliance with the Global Compact. Yours
Sincerely, C. D. Mlilo Constantino Mlilo D. Head of Corporate Communications References:
7Dell bans e-waste export to developing countries. 2009. Physorg.
http://www.physorg.com/news161354077.html (accessed October 04, 2010). HP. 62010.
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/globalcitizenship/enviro/ reuse/programs .html (accessed October
03, 2010). IBM's Green Drive Reaches South Africa. 2007. TriplePundit.
http://www.triplepundit.com/2007/12/ibm‚aos-green-drive-reaches-south- africa/ (accessed
October 04, 2010) 1Nigeria fears e-waste 'toxic legacy'. 2006. BBC News, December 19.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6193625.stm (accessed October 03, 2010). Panasonic. 2010.
http://panasonic.net/vision/ (accessed October 02, 2010). 4United Nations Global Compact.
2010. http://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheGC/TheTenPrinciples/index.html (accessed
October 02, 2010).