How the companies line up: 3rd Edition

Background - September 19, 2007
Our Green Electronics Guide ranks leading mobile and PC manufacturers on their global policies and practice on eliminating harmful chemicals and on taking responsibility for their products once they are discarded by consumers. Companies are ranked on information that is publicly available and communications/clarifications with the companies.This edition was published April 3, 2007. See the Full Report here. This ranking has been superceded by subsequent editions:Fourth Edition June 2007.Fifth Edition September 2007.It was preceded by: First Edition December 2006.Second Edition April 2007.
                   
8 Lenovo -The most improved: from last place to first. Progress on all criteriabut loses points for not having products free of the worst chemicals onthe market yet.  More
7.3 Nokia- Good on all criteria, but needs clear timeline for PVC phase out forall applications. Needs to better report on how many discarded mobilesit recycles. More
7.0 SonyEricsson-The first to set 2008 as its deadline to put on the market productsfree of the worst chemicals. Some products are already greener, butneeds better takeback reporting. More
7 Dell- Still among the top but loses points for not having models free ofthe worst chemicals. Strong support for takeback.  More
6.3 Samsung- Moving up the rank and gaining points for takeback policies. But itstake back system is not yet global and needs improvement. More
6.3 Motorola - Loses points fornot providing clear timelines for phase out of worstchemicals.  More
6 Fujitsu-Siemens - Somemodels free of the worst chemicals, but should improve takeback andrecycling.  More
5.6 HP- Needs to do better on the chemicals criteria especially phase outtimelines and greener products. It loses points for weak definition oftakeback policies. More
5.3 Acer - Improved chemical policies but no modelsfree of the worst chemicals. Needs to improve on takeback. More
4.3 Toshiba- Some models without the worst chemicals and has gained points byproviding timelines for chemical phase out. But loses points for poorwaste and take back criteria. More
4.0 Sony - Some models without the worst chemicals,but loses a penalty point for inconsistent takeback policies. More
3.6 LGE- In free-fall: it loses a penalty point for inconsistent takebackpolicies. But scores points for providing a mobile free of the worstchemicals. More
3.6 Panasonic- Slipping down for failing to keep up with the movement of all theother companies. No commitment to eliminate the worst chemicals, andpoor on takeback.  More
2.7 Apple - Holding firmly inlast place:  low scores on almost all criteria and noprogress. More

RANK

MARCH 2007

DECEMBER2006

AUGUST2006

1

Lenovo

Nokia

Nokia

2

Nokia

Dell

Dell

3

Sony Ericsson↑

Fujitsu-Siemens↑

HP

4

Dell

Motorola

Sony Ericsson

5

Samsung

Sony Ericsson

Samsung

6

Motorola

HP

Sony

7

Fujitsu-Siemens

Acer↑

LGE

8

HP

Lenovo↑

Panasonic

9

Acer

Sony

Toshiba

10

Toshiba

Panasonic

Fujitsu-Siemens

11

Sony

LGE↓

Apple

12

LGE

Samsung↓

Acer

13

Panasonic

Toshiba ↓

Motorola

14

Apple

Apple

Lenovo

Ranking criteriaexplained

Theranking criteria reflect the demands of the Toxic Tech campaign to theelectronics companies. Our two demands are that companiesshould:
 

  • clean up theirproducts by eliminating hazardous substances;
  • takeback and recycle their productsresponsibly once they becomeobsolete.

Thetwo issues are connected. The use of harmful chemicals in electronicsprevents their safe recycling when the products are discarded.Companies scored marks out of 30 this has then been calculated to amark out of 10 for simplicity.

Follow the more linkbeside each company for the full details of their score. The fullcriteria for scoring the companies is available. Download the fullpdf of the scorecard.

Eachscore is based solely on public information on the companies website.Companies found not to be following their published policies will bededucted penalty point in future versions of theguide.

The guide is updated every 3 months. The currentversion was published on the 03 April2007.

Disclaimer:

Our 'Guide to Greener Electronics' aims to clean up the electronicssector and get manufacturers to take responsibility for the full lifecycle of their products, including the electronic waste that theirproducts generate. The guide does not rank companies on labourstandards, energy use or any other issues, but recognises that theseare important in the production and use of electronicsproducts.