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Computer and Electronics 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

n/i

n/i

C

C

n/i

2 (tie)

C

n/i

C

C

n/i

2 (tie)

C

n/i

C

C

n/i

4

D

n/i

C

n/i

D

5 (tie)

C-

n/i

C

F

C

5 (tie)

D

n/i

C

D

C

5 (tie)

D

n/i

C

F

n/i

5 (tie)

D

C

C

C

D

9 (tie)

n/i

D-

C

F

F

9 (tie)

D

n/i

D

F

C

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 computer/electronics

  • Sourcing from foreign-owned assembly plants, including those known as sites of major human rights violations, has contributed to the growing labor problems of the computer industry.
  • Internationally, workers have suffered countless abuses including excessive work hours, unfair wages and lack of overtime pay, hostility towards unions, and unsafe working conditions such as being exposed to dangerous chemicals without basic safety considerations like protective gear or proper ventilation and inadequate training for those handling electrical hazards.
  • The industry has not committed itself to removing chemicals from products and refuses to take responsibility for the safe recycling and responsible disposal of their products.
  • Dumps have leached dangerous toxins and heavy metals into the air and groundwater, contaminating the drinking wells of communities and infecting residents.
  • Let the industry know you refuse to support their exploitation of communities by supporting the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, and visit Go Green for tips on how to recycle old computers responsibly and where to buy refurbished or used computers.