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Telecommunications 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

B-

n/i

C

C

C

2

C

C+

n/i

C-

n/i

3

C-

C+

n/i

C-

n/i

3

C-

C+

B

C-

n/i

4

C-

C

C

D

C

5

F

C

n/i

n/i

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 telecommunications industry

  • Telecommunications companies are fierce opponents of net neutrality legislation, which would preserve equal access to the internet for people paying for the same levels of service. Telecom companies want to be able to create a tiered system and block internet applications and websites in an effort to remove competition. The industry has spent billions of dollars lobbying against net neutrality legislation, which most experts say would preserve the freedoms we currently enjoy on the internet.

  • Coltan (columbite tantalite) is a rare mineral used in the production of cell phones and other electronics that is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR). Millions have died as a result of conflict surrounding coltan. Around 80% of the worlds coltan is found in the DCR and militias from Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and DCR are "exploiting most of the reserves and selling the product to multinational corporations that produce cell phones and other electronic devices."

  • Visit Go Green to learn about ways to avoid supporting the large telecom companies.

 

 

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