Nature Most eco-friendly brands of electronics and home appliances

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I have recently written a guide to the most ethical and eco-friendly fashion brands. I have concocted a similar rating system for electric appliances and electronic devices. I did not include ethical ratings such as working conditions, worker's rights, wages, tax avoidance and the like as I wanted this ranking to be specifically about the environment.

The S&P Global ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) for 2019 is the most comprehensive rating and assesses company's overall sustainability with regard to economic, environmental, and social factors. S&P (Standard & Poor's) is a New York-based company specialised in corporate ratings.

CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) is an organisation based in the UK which supports companies and cities to disclose the environmental impact of major corporations. It provides separate ratings for climate change and water security. Scores are for 2019.

The American magazine Newsweek's Green Rankings 2017 are one of the world's most recognized assessments of corporate environmental performance. They did not rate many Japanese and Taiwanese companies.

Greenpeace published a Guide to Greener Electronics 2017, which measures 3 factors:

  1. Reduction of greenhouse gases through efficiency and renewable energy
  2. Sustainable design and use of recycled materials
  3. Elimination of hazardous chemicals from both the product itself and manufacturing

In order not to give twice more weight to the CDP rating, I have made an average of the Climate + Water scores before calculating the total for the overall score.

I converted the letter scoring to a percentage this way:

A = 100
A- = 95
B+ = 85
B = 80
B- = 75
C+ = 65
C = 60
C- = 55
D+ = 45
D = 40
D- = 35
E = 20
F = 0

Note that Chinese companies such as Huawei, Xiaomi and Haier had too few ratings to be included, but generally performed poorly when rated.

BrandS&P Global ESGCDP ClimateCDP WaterCDP AverageNewsweekGreener ElectronicsTOTAL
Konica Minolta88958087.587.75
Philips8210010010077.986.63
Ricoh85958087.586.25
Siemens7995758585.383.10
Electrolux6795959581.00
HP9010010010067.16580.53
Xerox6495959579.50
Nikon66100809078.00
Seiko Epson7380808076.50
Kyocera5795959576.00
Nvidia7295758562.873.27
Olympus5195959573.00
LG7810010067.54572.63
Acer8780804570.67
Apple2910010071.57568.88
Microsoft571009597.5665568.88
Fujifilm761009597.525.566.33
Hitachi379510097.563.566.00
Samsung7595959553.73564.68
Lenovo5495758558.85563.20
Canon53958087.54862.83
Fujitsu7110010010017.262.73
Panasonic351007587.560.360.93
Nokia40959547.160.70
Whirlpool57607567.557.560.67
Dell32807577.56558.17
Sony4110010010039.14556.28
AMD3280808056.00
Intel3980808046.555.17
Asus706040504053.33
Toshiba3380808041.151.37
Brother2180808050.50
Google3810010014.94048.23
Sharp/Foxconn2840404026.631.53
Amazon1600004.00
 
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