How the companies line up: 5th edition

Background - 4 December, 2007
We first released our 'Guide to Greener Electronics' in August 2006. The guide ranks the 14 top manufacturers of personal computers and mobile phones according to their policies on toxic chemicals and recycling. In this fifth issue of the Guide, Nokia maintains top spot with Sony Ericsson close behind. Dell and Lenovo tie for third place. Sony is the biggest mover and together with LGE has moved out of the red zone. Apple, Panasonic, Acer, Toshiba and Samsung move down the ranking for failing to make any additional improvements. HP is the only constant faller in the guide and is now in 13th position.
8 Nokia -Maintains top position for eliminating the worst chemicals from manyproducts. Still needs to report recycling rate percentage. More
7.7 Sony Ericsson - Moving upfor greener products on the market and for pledging to have productsfree of the worst chemicals by 2008. Needs better takeback reportingprogram. More
7.3 Dell- Loses points for not having models free of the worstchemicals. Strong support for global takeback. More
7.3 Lenovo - Loses points for not having a clearglobal take back program. Yet to put products free of the worstchemicals on the market. More
7 LGE - Previous penalty point on the takebackpolicies lifted. Has now products free of the worst chemicals.Improvement needed on its global take back. More
7 Sony - The biggest mover with improved take backprogram and more products free of the worst chemicals. Previous penaltypoint on take-back policy lifted, but loses points for not reportingrecycling rate percentage. More
7 Fujitsu-Siemens - Moves upfor increasing its recycling program. Some models free of worstchemicals, but loses point for no clear timelines for eliminating theworst chemicals. More
6.7 Samsung - No improvements but good chemicalspolicy. No products that are free from the worst chemicals. Takebackprogram not yet global and needs improvement. More
6.7 Motorola - Some improvements on takeback plansglobally and for having products free of the worst chemicals. It losespoints for no clear timelines for eliminating these chemicals in allproducts. More
6 Toshiba - Made steps forproviding some models without the worst chemicals and working takebackprogram globally but loses points for not reporting on their recyclingplans. More
5.7 Acer - Dropping back with noimprovements. Loses points for not providing models free of the worstchemicals. Needs to improve on takeback program. More
5.3 Apple - Dropping back with no improvements.Concrete timelines to eliminate the worst chemicals but loses pointsfor not have models without the worst chemicals and weak take backprogram. More
5.3 Hewlett Packard - In free fall, still failing toprovide clear timelines for eliminating the worst chemicals. Losespoints for weak definition of take back policies. More
5 Panasonic -Falling to the bottom of the rankingwithout any improvements. Some products free of the worst chemicals.Loses point for poor takeback program. More


Ranking criteriaexplained

The ranking criteria reflect the demands of the Toxic Techcampaign to the electronics companies. Our two demands are thatcompanies should:

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

The two issuesare connected. The use of harmful chemicals in electronics preventstheir safe recycling when the products are discarded. Companies scoredmarks out of 30 this has then been calculated to a mark out of 10 forsimplicity.

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

Each score is basedsolely on public information on the companies website. Companies foundnot to be following their published policies will be deducted penaltypoint in future versions of the guide.

The guide isupdated every 3 months. The currentversion was published on the 19 September2007.


Our 'Guide to Greener Electronics'aims to clean up the electronics sector and get manufacturers to takeresponsibility for the full life cycle of their products, including theelectronic waste that their products generate. The guide does not rankcompanies on labour standards, energy use or any other issues, butrecognises that these are important in the production and use ofelectronics products.