How the companies line up
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Greenpeace first released their 'Guide to Greener Electronics' in August 2006. The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change. Last updated: January 2010 

 

   
7.3
Nokia -- Remains in first place with good scores on toxics use reduction, but loses points on energy. More...
6.9
Sony Ericsson -- Moves up with top marks on toxics elimination but weak on recycling. More...
5.3
Toshiba -- Good score on toxics elimination but needs to meet upcoming phase out commitment by March 2010. More...
5.3
Philips -- Loses points for failing to lobby for phase out of hazardous substance in legislation. More...
5.1
Apple -- Continues to improve, scoring best on eliminating toxic chemicals and e-waste criteria. More...
5.1
LG Electronics -- LG score improves, but is still penalized for postponing date for toxics phase out. More...
5.1
Sony -- Maintains overall score with better energy total, but needs to lobby for stronger chemicals legislation. More...
5.1
Motorola -- Slightly reduced score, due to lack of lobbying for stronger chemicals legislation. More...
5.1
Samsung -- Big drop due to penalty point for failing to meet commitment to phase out hazardous substances. More...
4.9
Panasonic -- Score unchanged, strongest on energy but poor on e-waste and recycling. More...
4.7
HP -- Improved position thanks to clear support for global emissions reductions, but needs to lobby for improved chemical legislation.More...
4.5
Acer -- Score unchanged but Acer is lobbying for stronger chemicals legislation.More...
4.5
Sharp -- Loses points due to poor information on toxics elimination and fails to support stronger chemicals legislation. More...
3.9
Dell -- Reduced score on energy criteria and penalty point for delaying toxics phase out till 2011.More...
3.5
Fujitsu -- Improved score due to support for global carbon emission reductions and cutting its own emissions.More...
2.5
Lenovo -- Score unchanged, with penalty point for indefinite delay on toxics phase out. More...
2.4
Microsoft -- Reduced score, fails to support strong chemicals legislation. More...
1.4
Nintendo -- Nintendo remains in last place with the same score. More...

 

Ranking criteria explained


The ranking criteria reflect the demands of the Toxic Tech campaign to the electronics companies. The 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.

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 few months. The
current edition was published on January 7, 2010.

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

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