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Appliance Industry

 

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Companies at the top are the best, at the bottom the worst.

company
overall
ranking
environ-
ment
human
rights
labor
ethics &
governance
health &
safety
1

C

n/i

D

F

D

2

C

n/i

F

F

C

3

F

n/i

D

F

n/i

Notes: Rankings proceed from top to bottom with companies at the top as more responsible within the industry and those at the bottom as the less responsible. Letter grades go in this order: A (best),B,C,D,F(worst) with plus (+) and minus (-). "n/i" means we don't have enough information to give a letter grade for that category. The color coding is another corporate responsibility indicator, in the order Green (best), Yellow, Orange, Red (worst). Companies in the green zone are sustainable and working towards creating a greener planet (most industries will not have companioes in the green zone as there are no companies that can be considered sustainable in that industry). Companies red zone have poor environmental and social responsibility records and should be avoided if possible. 'Orange' companies are not quite as bad as 'red' and ' yellow' zone are slightly better than orange. Orange and yellow companies have a ways to go before they can be considered green.

 

Fast facts about the appliance industry:

  • The appliance industry has been accused of using of sweatshops, human trafficking and involuntary servitude, denial of fair compensation, inadequate and unsanitary working conditions, and of sexual abuse and rape in manufacturing plants are.
  • In addition, major companies have used their political power to lower and, in the case of General Electric, eliminate their taxes and secure lucrative government contracts.
  • Environmentally, the industry is one of the top violators of the Clean Water Act and responsible for a large degree of the EPA designated superfund sites, locations so contaminated by toxic chemicals that they are dangerous to human health.
  • The continued use of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBS) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which release toxic chemicals, have been linked to cancer as well as birth defects. These toxins are dumped directly into the environment and demonstrate the industry’s lack of concern and awareness with the consequences of their actions.
  • Visit Go Green to find safe and sustainable products that don’t harm people or the planet.
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