Wipro takes lead in Greenpeace green electronics listing, followed by HP

20 Nov 2012

Indian tech company Wipro has taken the top spot in the latest green electronics listing from Greenpeace in which 16 global IT companies have been ranked by the campaign group based on their environmental policies.

The latest Guide to Greener Electronics from Greenpeace analysed 16 electronics companies based on their commitment and progress in terms of coming up with greener products, greening their supply chains and lowering their greenhouse gas emissions.

Wipro took the top spot in the rankings, followed by Hewlett-Packard, which dropped from the No 1 position in last year’s guide. Nokia came third in the listing, followed by Acer and Dell, which took the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. BlackBerry maker RIM came last in the rankings, remaining in the same position as last year, when the company debuted on the list.

Greenpeace ranked Wipro first in the international version of its rankings based on the company’s efforts to embrace renewable energy and advocacy for greener energy policies in India.

Wipro also scored for its e-waste collection of used consumer products and for phasing out hazardous substances from its products.
According to Greenpeace, while the companies on the list have made progress at removing toxic chemicals from products, their manufacturing and supply chains are still too heavily dependent on “dirty energy sources”.

Casey Harrell, an IT analyst with Greenpeace, said the next big environmental challenge for consumer electronics companies is to reduce their carbon pollution.

“Companies should work with their suppliers to implement more efficient manufacturing processes and to power the supply chain with renewable energy, not fossil fuels, just as they have successfully done to reduce the toxic materials in electronics,” he said.

Greenpeace Greener Guide to Electronics

1 Wipro
2 Hewlett-Packard
3 Nokia
4 Acer
5 Dell
6 Apple
7 Samsung
8 Sony
9 Lenovo
10 Philips
11 Panasonic
12 LGE
13 HCL Infosystems
14 Sharp
15 Toshiba
16 RIM


Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic