From Apple to Huawei: profit comes before workers’ rights

In the mobile phone and computer industries labour rights are still a sore point. In particular the new market giant Huawei and HTC still have much to do. These are the findings of the updated rating of the ten IT firms with the biggest market share…

RankaBrand ranks 19 electronics brands: bulk of brands get low scores

RankaBrand ranks 19 electronics brands: bulk of brands get low scores

Rankabrand has compared and ranked 19 electronics brands like Apple, Dell, HP, HTC, Huawei, Nintendo, Samsung. The questions used for ranking are categorised into three areas: Labour Conditions and Human Rights, Climate Change, and Ecology. Rankabrand awarded 15 brands with a meager “D” or a…

Mobile devices meet new sustainability criteria in TCO Certified

Mobile devices meet new sustainability criteria in TCO Certified

Leading IT brands are moving to certify mobile computers and tablets for sustainability factors. During March-April, 26 models of notebook computers and tablets have met the new, advanced sustainability criteria in TCO Certified, the third party sustainability certification for IT products. The most recently certified…

Forced labour in European universities’ servers and IT equipment

Forced labour in European universities’ servers and IT equipment

Western European universities spend billions on IT equipment produced by young Chinese students who are forced to work on production lines during so-called internships. This constitutes a gross violation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention on forced labour. Publication / October 1, 2015 Servants…

Servants of Servers

Servants of Servers

Rights violations and forced labour in the supply chain of ICT equipment in European universities
Servants of Servers
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Dell wins Green Electronics Council Catalyst Award for 2015

Dell wins Green Electronics Council Catalyst Award for 2015

The Green Electronics Council last week announced Dell as the winner of its 2015 Catalyst Award. The Catalyst Awards are a global celebration of innovative solutions and tangible environmental accomplishments throughout the lifecycle of electronic technologies. Dell was recognized for its work to close the…

New publication: Dragging out the best deal

New publication: Dragging out the best deal

In the electronics sector, direct labour costs generally represent only 2% of the factory selling price. This article, written by former Philips-consultant Antony Harris, explains how an electronic product that is priced $100 when it leaves the factory has a $500 retail price. This, while…

Microsoft & Dell opvallendste stijgers in duurzaamheidslijst Milieudefensie

Microsoft & Dell opvallendste stijgers in duurzaamheidslijst Milieudefensie

AMSTERDAM, 2 oktober 2014 – Drie toonaangevende elektronicamerken zijn het afgelopen jaar een stuk duurzamer geworden dan voorheen. Microsoft, Dell en Asus zijn zich gaan inzetten voor duurzame tinwinning in Indonesië en zijn daarnaast transparanter geworden over grondstofwinning. AMSTERDAM, 2 oktober 2014 – Drie toonaangevende…