How the companies line up: 10th edition

Background - 14 April, 2009
We first released our 'Guide to Greener Electronics' in August 2006. The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV's and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.
Nokia –  Scores maximum points for its comprehensive voluntary take-back programme. More
Sony Ericsson – Scores points for its new environmental warranty, guaranteeing take-back and recycling for individual products regardless of location. More
Toshiba- Toshiba climbs to 3rd  gaining extra points on the energy criteria; it is now reporting its use of renewable energy. More
Samsung - Good on toxic chemicals and energy but very poor on recycling. More
Fujitsu Siemens - Good on energy, scores poorly on electronic waste. More
LGE - Improved score on recycling and energy. More
Motorola - Improved score on energy, waste and recycling. More
Sony - Still has room for improvement on energy. More
Panasonic - Scores maximum points on energy but still scores poorly on all e-waste criteria. More
Sharp - Improved energy policy but reporting of energy efficiency of its products continues to be weak. More
Acer - Needs to improve on reducing toxic chemicals and recycling. More
Dell - Loses points for withdrawing from its commitment to eliminate all PVC plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) by the end of 2009. More
HP - Still needs to improve on e-waste. More
Apple - Now reporting product carbon footprint and new iPods are free of both PVC and BFRs. More
Philips - Scores well on toxics and energy but scores zero on most other e-waste criteria. More
Lenovo - Scores well on toxic chemicals, poor on recycling and energy. More
Microsoft - Still scores poorly on recycling and energy. More
Nintendo - Zero on most criteria except chemicals management and energy. More


Previous versions of the ranking in full:

Aug 06 | Dec 06 | Apr 07 | June 07 | Sept 07 | Dec 07 | March 08 | June 08 |Sept 08

Ranking criteria explained

The ranking criteria reflect the demands of the Toxic Tech campaign to the electronics companies. Our three demands are that companies should:

  • clean up their products by eliminating hazardous substances;
  • takeback and recycle their products responsibly once they become obsolete.
  • Reduce the climate impacts of their operations and products.

The use of harmful chemicals in electronics prevents their safe recycling when the products are discarded. Companies scored marks out of 51 this has then been calculated to a mark out of 10 for simplicity.

Follow the more link beside each company for the full details of their score. The full criteria for scoring the companies is available. Download the full pdf of the scorecard.

Each score is based solely on public information on the companies website. Companies found not to be following their published policies will be deducted penalty point in future versions of the guide.

The guide is updated every 3 months. The current edition was published on the 24th November 2008.

For more detailed explanation check our Q&A about the Guide to Greener Electronics.


Our 'Guide to Greener Electronics' aims to clean up the electronics sector and get manufacturers to take responsibility for the full life cycle of their products, including the electronic waste that their products generate. The guide does not rank companies on labour standards, mining, or any other issues, but recognises that these are important in the production and use of electronics products.