AS part of its Sustainable Impact Strategy, HP Inc. announced an ambitious goal to accelerate digital equity for 150 million people by 2030. To help achieve its objective, the company announced the launch of HP PATH - Partnership and Technology for Humanity - an innovative accelerator program that will invest in local initiatives and partnerships to address challenges in underserved communities around the world focused on education, health care and the creation of economic opportunities.
The announcement coincides with the milestone publication of HP's 20th annual "Sustainable Impact Report," which highlights the progress the company is making across its core pillars of Climate Action, Human Rights and Digital Equity.
"Our Sustainable Impact Strategy is helping to strengthen our communities while spurring innovation and growth across our business. Creating technology that inspires progress has always been one of HP's greatest strengths, and we continue to hold ourselves accountable for achieving the goals we have set," said Enrique Lores, HP Inc. president and CEO.
The Covid-19 pandemic didn't create the digital divide, but it has certainly exacerbated it. Digital inequity is at an all-time high and will only continue to grow if we do not work together to find solutions. During Covid-19, one-third of the world's school-age children, or 463 million students, could not access remote learning, according to Unicef. In the Philippines alone, 74 percent of public schools cannot make the transition to e-learning and more than 2 million students have no way of going online at all according to an enrollment survey conducted by the Department of Education in 2020.
HP believes digital equity is a human right and has invested in HP LIFE, a free IT and business skills training program offered by the HP Foundation, and supports and teams up with organizations including Girl Rising, MIT Solve and NABU to tackle this challenge.