How the companies line up 8th Edition

Background - 15 September, 2008
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.
Sony Ericsson - Leading with almost top marks on toxic chemical phase out but poor on recycling. More
Sony - High score for products free of the worst toxic chemicals and committed to cuts in it's greenhouse gas emissions. More
Nokia- Docked one penalty point for poor take-back practice in India. High renewable energy use. More
Samsung - Scores well on chemicals and waste criteria. But very poor on energy issues. More
Dell - Good on toxic chemicals and e-waste, but low score on energy issues. More
Toshiba - Scores well on toxic chemicals but badly on e-waste and energy. More
Acer - Good commitment to phase out toxic chemicals, but poor overall on e-waste and energy. More
Panasonic - Several products free of toxic chemicals and good energy efficiency, but poor on e-waste. More
Motorola- Average scores for toxic chemicals, e-waste and energy issues. More
HP - Good on amounts recycled and committed to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. More
Apple - Increasing number of products free of the worst toxic chemicals. Low scores on energy except for good energy efficiency in products. More
Sharp - Good on toxic chemicals and energy efficiency but very poor on recycling. More
Lenovo - Some points for toxic chemical commitment and good on product energy efficiency. More
Philips - Top score on energy issues but zero on e-waste policy and practice. More
Fujitsu Siemens - Some products free of the worst toxic chemicals but poor on e-waste and energy issues. More
LG - Some points on toxic chemicals and e-waste but zero on energy. More
Microsoft - Some commitments on toxic chemical phase out but poor on e-waste and energy issues. More
Nintendo - Some improvement on toxic chemicals and commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions. More

Previous versions of the ranking in full:

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

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 25th June 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.