Scores Decline in Greenpeace Rankings

Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics "ranks the 15 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change" on a 10-point scale. The organization makes its older editions available online, so we took the opportunity to see how companies have been trending. Many have seen their scores decline in the past year. We highlighted those companies most recently scoring 4.9 or better in green, those scoring 2.9 or below in red.

1st Edition
2006.08
5th Edition
2007.09
9th Edition
2008.09
13th Edition
2009.09
16th Edition
2010.10

17th Edition
2011.11

Hewlett-Packard 4.7 5.3 4.7 5.5 5.5 5.9
Dell 7.0 7.3 4.7 4.7 4.9 5.1
Nokia 7.0 8.0 7.0 7.5 7.5 4.9
Apple 2.7 5.3 4.1 4.9 4.9 4.6
Philips     4.3 5.9 5.5 4.5
Sony Ericsson 5.3 7.7 5.3 6.5 6.9 4.2
Samsung 5.0 6.7 5.7 6.9 5.3 4.1
Lenovo 1.3 7.3 4.1 2.5 3.5 3.8
Panasonic 3.3 5.0 4.5 4.9 5.1 3.6
Sony 4.7 7.0 5.3 5.1 5.1 3.6
Sharp     3.1 5.1 4.7 3.0
Acer 2.3 5.7 4.5 4.7 4.1 2.9
LG Electronics 4.3 7.0 4.9 4.7 3.5 2.8
Toshiba 3.0 6.0 4.7 5.7 2.3 2.8
RIM 2.8
Motorola 1.7 6.7 3.7 5.3 5.1
Fujitsu 3.0 7.0 5.5 2.7 3.9
Microsoft     2.2 2.7 1.9
Nintendo     0.8 1.4 1.8
Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, Data from Selected Editions: 2006-11, 10.0 scale
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Greenpeace notes that "…company scores are often lower due to new requirements to disclose information and performance metrics that a company may not have been providing publicly before, or in a way that does not allow comparison with the performance of other companies…Due to a limited product portfolio Microsoft and Nintendo have been removed from the Guide…Motorola and Fujitsu have been removed because of reductions in their global market share."

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