NOKIA - 3rd position, 5.4/10

Nokia moves up to 3rd position in this edition of the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics. After three years at 1st position, Nokia fell to 3rd in last year’s edition.

Nokia’s performance in detail Download the company’s Scorecard (pdf)

Even with a stronger performance on the Energy criteria, the company stays behind both HP and Wipro. Nokia met a renewable energy target of 40%, a strong number but still below its original 2010 target of 50%. The company falls short in other areas as well, including lacking a robust clean electricity plan, an ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 30% by 2015, and a renewable energy target of 100% by 2020. However, Nokia does receive top points for disclosing externally verified GHG emissions from its own operations.

Nokia’s Products scores do not change in the latest edition. Although the company has released new information on warranties, it fails to provide similar data on spare parts to increase the life of its products. Nokia fails to score on the use of recycled plastics, although the Nokia 700 is its first smartphone made with 33% recycled plastics. The company is just shy of maximum points on hazardous substances, do to its lack of a target for eliminating all antimony compounds. It continues to score maximum points for the energy efficiency of its products for setting a new target to reduce no-load power used by its chargers.

Nokia scores highest marks on the Sustainable Operations criteria. The company has a comprehensive voluntary take-back programme, which spans 100 countries providing nearly 6,000 collection points for end-of-life mobile phones, with accessible information provided to customers. Nokia was also one of the first global brands to offer a take-back programme in India.  However, it fails to score maximum points, as the quantities are still small and are not reported as a percentage of past sales. Nokia needs to improve its chemicals management programme, further developing its policies and programme to address conflict minerals as well as a paper procurement policy that excludes suppliers involved in deforestation and illegal logging. 

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Nokia's performance in detail: Download the company’s Scorecard here