Top Computer, Cellular Companies Fail to Get Green Rating from Greenpeace Electronics Report Card

Media release - August 25, 2006
Greenpeace launched the first “Your Guide to Greener Electronics,” a report card which ranks companies on their use of harmful chemicals and the recycling of harmful electronic waste in their products. The fourteen top cell phone and PC producers all fail to get a green rating in the report card, which is based on Greenpeace’s two main demands for the electronics industry: to eliminate hazardous substances from their products, and to take back and recycle their products responsibly once they have become unusable.

"The scorecard will help inform consumers and companies alike on the growing problems of e-waste.  Consumers need to know how these companies are progressing, and companies need to acknowledge that the elimination of harmful substances used in their products is the only way they can ensure safe reuse and recycling of electronic waste," said Rick Hind, Legislative Director for Greenpeace USA's Toxics campaign.

Nokia and Dell share the top spots in the ranking, thanks to their belief that producers should bear individual responsibility for taking back and reusing or recycling their own-brand discarded products. Nokia leads the way in eliminating toxic chemicals from its products. Since the end of 2005, all new Nokia cell phones have been free of cancer-causing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and the company has promised all new components to be free of harmful brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from the start of 2007. Dell has also set ambitious targets for eliminating these same harmful substances from their products.

Third place goes to Hewlett-Packard, followed by Samsung (4th), Sony Ericsson (5th), Sony (6th), LG Electronics (7th), Panasonic (8th), Toshiba (9th), Fujitsu-Siemens Computers (10th), Apple (11th) and Acer (12th).

"It's especially disappointing to see Apple score so low in the this guide. They act like they belong in the World Series of design and innovation, but they play like a slumping farm team in the environmental pennant race," continued Hind.

Motorola shares bottom position with Lenovo. Motorola recently backtracked on its commitment to eliminate PVC and BFRs and scores poorly on product take back and recycling. Lenovo also fails to score many points and needs to do better on all criteria. For now, companies are scored solely on information publicly available on their global websites.  The report card will be updated every quarter. However penalty points will be deducted from overall scores if Greenpeace finds a company lying, practicing double standards or other corporate misconduct.  

The scoring is weighted more heavily on the use of toxic substances in production rather than criteria on recycling, because until the use of harmful substances is eliminated in products, it is impossible to secure 'safe', toxic-free recycling.

VVPR info: For more information on the report card, rankings and rating criteria , go to http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/toxic-technology-report-card or contact Photos available at: http://usaphoto.greenpeace.org/GP_Ewaste/GP_Ewaste_ContactSheet/

Exp. contact date: 2006-09-25 00:00:00

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