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…

Child labour in Ghana and Mali and sourcing policies of IT brands

Child labour in Ghana and Mali and sourcing policies of IT brands

Ethical watchdog Danwatch has published a report on gold mining in Ghana and Mali, two West African countries that are experiencing a gold rush. In both countries employment and revenues are on the rise in the respective gold sectors. The increasing gold demand is among…

Best practices in sustainable public procurement of IT hardware in Europe

Best practices in sustainable public procurement of IT hardware in Europe

In the context of the Procure IT Fair project, SOMO collected information on public institutions and other organisations in Europe that actively engage in the sustainable public procurement of IT hardware. Examples of procurement of IT hardware are presented that take into account social considerations,…

The IT Industry has a critical duty to prevent heavy metal pollution, concludes report

Concerned about alarming reports on heavy metal pollution incidents, Chinese environmental organisations have engaged upon an extensive research project, with a specific focus on IT product manufacture-related heavy metal discharge, especially the battery industry relating to the production of IT products and the electroplate industry…

One in three laptops fail over three year

Warranty provider SquareTrade analysed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by SquareTrade Laptop Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years. Lap tops of nine brands were analysed: Asus, Toshiba, Sony, Apple, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Gateway…