FairPhone most durable brand, Microsoft and Huawei score poorly




The FairPhone is currently the most durable brand, while companies like Microsoft, HTC and Nintendo score below par. That’s the conclusion of a study by Friends of the Earth and Rank a Brand for the ‘most honest’ electronics brands.

The Sustainable Electronics Report 2014 are twenty major electronics brands examined various aspects of sustainability. It will include looking at how these companies deal with climate change, ecology, and the working conditions of employees. The ranking is based on the objectives electronics brands have achieved for responsible extraction of raw materials, improve working conditions and reduce the impact on the environment.

The Dutch company FairPhone as most sustainable labeled in the study. The smartphone that the company brings to the market, according to the researchers easy to repair and the casing of the phone is made ​​of recycled plastic. Apple also scores with its increased use of green energy well, while Nokia would have made when replacing harmful chemicals in its products. Significant progress Nevertheless, the researchers found that none of the companies working in their factories in order is set, the salaries are too low.

While companies like Fair Phone, Blackberry, Apple, Philips, and the use of so-called “conflict minerals” from war zones to try to reduce include HTC, Huawei, Microsoft and Nintendo behind runners. Thus, for example, they would still win tin on the Indonesian island of Bangka. Because of the intense and sometimes illegal tin mining every year dozens of people killed and the environmental damage on and around the island, according to the authors of the report seriously . Microsoft is even referred to a company with a ‘split personality’, as it has recently acquired Nokia scores much better.

The researchers also warn of ‘greenwashing’, either unjustified or unsubstantiated claims of companies in the field of sustainability management. Least 75 percent of the surveyed electronics firms would themselves to be guilty here.


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