Acer drops one place to 12th position because its score has not altered since the last ranking and it has therefore been overtaken by competitors. It scores top marks on chemicals but has yet to start selling products free of PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs).
Acer has improved communication of its waste policy and practice but still needs to do more on providing voluntary takeback and recycling of its end-of-life products. The only change since the last edition of the Guide is that consumers in India no longer need to pay 1000 Rupees (about $25) for the return of their PC for recycling – recycling is now free, but shipping costs are still incurred. Acer has yet to report on recycling rates as a percentage of past sales.