How the companies line up: 11th edition

Background - 1 July, 2009
We first released our 'Guide to Greener Electronics' in August 2006. The guide ranks the 17 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV's and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.

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Nokia –  Keeps top spot with new CO2 emissions reduction targets. More
SamsungUp two places with clear support for global climate change cuts. More
Sony Ericsson – Down one place with more work to do on recycling. More
Philips - Biggest mover, up 11 places due to big recycling policy improvements. More
Sony - Up two places with better product energy efficiency reporting. More
LG Electronics - Loses points for delaying toxics phase out for all products. More
Toshiba- Loses points for poor CO2 reduction target and missing energy efficiency data. More
Motorola - Down one place, needs to improve on waste and energy. More
Sharp - Unchanged - gains point for new US recycling scheme, loses one for weaker commitment on global emissions reduction. More
Apple - Up four places, good on chemicals elimination, improved on recycling but still poor on energy. More
Acer - Score drops slightly due to poor e-waste scores. More
Panasonic - Down 3 places due to poor definition of precautionary principle and energy efficiency reporting. More
Dell - Continues to drop, penalty point for breaking commitment phase out of toxics by end 2009. More
Lenovo - Penalty point for breaking commitment phase out of toxics by end 2009. More
Microsoft - Score drops due to bad performance on e-waste. More
HP - Penalty point for breaking commitment phase out of toxics by end 2009. More
Nintendo - Remains in last place, unchanged score. More


Note: Fujitsu Siemens Computers is not scored in this version as it will become Fujitsu from April 1st. Fujitsu will be evaluated in the next Guide due in June 2009.

Previous versions of the ranking in full:

Aug 06 | Dec 06 | Apr 07 | June 07 | Sept 07 | Dec 07 | March 08 | June 08Sept 08 | Nov 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 31sh March 2009.

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. For more on the social impacts of the electronics industry visit Good Electronics and Make IT Fair.