How the companies line up - 9th edition

Background - 16 December, 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.
Nokia - Clear leader after improving take-back in India. More
Samsung - Good scores on chemicals and e-waste criteria. More
Fujitsu Siemens- New dealine for removal of BFRs and PVC but still poor on recycling. More
Sony Ericsson - Good on toxic chemicals and energy but very poor on recycling. More
Sony - Good on toxic chemicals, room for improvement on energy. More
LG - Improved score on recycling and energy. More
Toshiba - Improved climate policy, but poor on recycling. More
Dell - Dropping down with poor scores on climate policy. More
HP - Slightly improved score but no products free of most toxic chemicals. More
Acer - Good on chemicals policy but poor on energy policy. More
Panasonic - Needs to improve recycling and amount of renewable energy. More
Philips - worst company on recycling with additional penalty for negative lobbying in Europe. More
Apple - progress on eliminating toxics from new products but needs to improve on recycling and energy. More
Lenovo - New US tack back scheme, but still no products free of worst toxic chemicals. More
Motorola - Only phone company not to set a timeline for eliminating worst toxic chemicals. More
Sharp - Most points on toxic chemicals, poor on recycling and energy. More
Microsoft - Very poor 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

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 16th September 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.