How the companies line up: 12th edition

Background - 30 September, 2009
We first released our 'Guide to Greener Electronics' in August 2006. The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV's and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.
Nokia -- Scores top marks for leading competitors on toxic phase out. More
Samsung -- Holds second position for commitment to reduce absolute emissions. More
Sony Ericsson -- Up two places with better product energy efficiency reporting More
LG Electronics -- Up two places but needs to eliminate hazardous chemicals from all products More
Toshiba -- Moves up two places with an extra point for promising to cut GHGs More
Motorola -- Scores higher and climbs two places because of use of renewable energy More
Philips -- Falls from 4th to 7th position and needs to put its commitment to responsible recycling policies into practice More
Sharp -- Rises from 9th to joint 7th place with its energy efficient products More
Acer -- Put 16 new models of a monitor that are almost free of hazardous chemicals and climbed two places from 11 to 9 but still need to sort out the power cord More
Panasonic -- Advance from 12th to 10th place for energy efficiency and pvc free product range but still bad on e waste More
Apple -- Drop one position to 11th with no change in scores but get kudos for their green macbook More
Sony -- Plunges from 5th to 12th place for inadequate commitments on eliminating hazardous chemicals, e waste policy and cutting GHGs More
Dell -- Stays at 13th place because of backtracking on toxics phase out More
HP -- Is at 14th position and has no products on the market free of toxic substances More
Microsoft -- Loses a point for a poor recycling policy but stays in 15th position More
Lenovo -- Down two places with no set timeline for toxics phase out on all products More
Fujitsu -- Debuts second from last with no products that are free of hazardous chemicals More
Nintendo -- Stays put in last position with a glimmer of hope with partially pvc free consoles More

Previous versions of the ranking in full:

Aug 06 | Dec 06 | Apr 07 | June 07 | Sept 07 | Dec 07 | March 08 | June 08Sept 08 | Nov 08 | Mar 09

Ranking criteria explained

The ranking criteria reflect the demands of the Toxic Tech campaign to the electronics companies. Our three demands are that companies should:

  • Clean up their products by eliminating hazardous substances.
  • Takeback and recycle their products responsibly once they become obsolete.
  • Reduce the climate impacts of their operations and products.

The use of harmful chemicals in electronics prevents their safe recycling when the products are discarded. Companies scored marks out of 51 this has then been calculated to a mark out of 10 for simplicity.

Follow the more link beside each company for the full details of their score. The full criteria for scoring the companies is available. Download the full pdf of the scorecard.

Each score is based solely on public information on the companies website. Companies found not to be following their published policies will be deducted penalty point in future versions of the guide.

The guide is updated every few months. The current edition was published on September 30, 2009.

For more detailed explanation check our Q&A about the Guide to Greener Electronics.


Our 'Guide to Greener Electronics' aims to clean up the electronics sector and get manufacturers to take responsibility for the full life cycle of their products, including the electronic waste that their products generate. The guide does not rank companies on labour standards, mining, or any other issues, but recognises that these are important in the production and use of electronics products. For more on the social impacts of the electronics industry visit Good Electronics and Make IT Fair.