Greenpeace surveys the IT sector. In its latest report, called Green Electronics, it ranks IT manufacturers according to policies and processes set up when using most dangerous chemical products, including takeback and recycling. The Best In Class is Nokia, with progressive policies on both its chemicals policy as well as disposal of electronic waste. However, the company is yet to outline clear timelines for phasing out the toxic plastic PVC (vinyl) in all its products. Dell is second but does not have models free of the worst chemicals. Motorola has made strong commitments to moved up to fourth place. Fujitsu-Siemens, Acer and Lenovo have made substantial progress and are now ranked 3rd, 7th and 8th respectively. Sony Ericsson is fifth, provides timelines for chemicals phase out, but needs better chemicals policies and takeback reporting.
Samsung, Toshiba and Apple are ranked at the bottom of the list with low scores in timeline for phase out, recycling or takeback.
more information at: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/electronics-companies-race-061206
Another report from SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations) takes other criteria to analyze the harmfulness of manufacturing mobile phones. Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG manufacturing processes are analyzed. First a number of international labour, health and safety standards are violated; there are systematic abuses in Chinese, Thai, Philippine and Indian factories of the five vendors; and workers in factories producing parts for Nokia and Motorola work without proper protection and are exposed to chemicals causing chronic illnesses and serious physical harm. Full report available at: http://www.somo.nl/html/paginas/pdf/High_Cost_of_Calling_nov_2006_EN.pdf