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Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 10 out of 19

Sustainability summary

Brand owner: Dell
Head office: Round Rock, Texas, USA
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Computers, Notebooks, Printers, Copiers
Free Tags: Laptop, Desktop, PC, Netbook, Monitor, Screen, Workstation, Printer, Inkjet, Laser

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Dell sustainability score report

Last edited: 18 June 2012 by Mario
Last reviewed: 26 March 2012 by Imke

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 out of 5
1. Does the brand (company) clearly support global mandatory cuts of carbon emissions of at least 50% by 2050 or 30% by industrialized countries by 2020? Dell supports the call for global reductions of 50-85% by 2050 from 2000 levels. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual carbon footprint of its 'own operations' and of the supply / production chain? Dell reports annually on its Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions (see page 5). Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its ‘own operations’ carbon footprint by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Dell has committed to reducing its absolute global greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2015 (see page 3). Source
4. Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated its 'own operations' carbon footprint by at least 10% in the last 5 years? Dells Scope 1 and 2 emissions in 2009 and 2011 were 406,252 and 438,906 metric tonnes respectively. This is an increase of 8% in carbon emissions over this period (see page 5). Source
5. Do all new products of the brand meet the latest Energy Star requirements (where applicable)? Dell names certain series which are all Energy Star compliant, and series of which many products are Energy Star compliant (page 20). Conclusion: not all products are Enegry Star compliant. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

3 out of 7
1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC and BFRs in all new products? If not, does the brand give a timeline for achieving this by 2012? The commitment to make all DELL PC products BFR and PVC-free by 2011 is in progress. Source
2. Has the brand (company) already eliminated PVC and BFRs in all new products? There are some PVC and BFR-free produts, but the chemicals don't seem to be eliminated in all applications. Source
3. Has the brand (company) already eliminated at least 2 of the 3 groups of suspect chemicals (beryllium, antimony and phthalates) in all of its new products? If not, does it give a timeline for achieving this by 2012? The 3 groups of chemicals are identified as possible substances of concern. Suppliers are asked to give disclosure about the use. No timeline for phase out (see section '3.1 Future Material Declaration Requirements on page 12). Source
4. Has the brand (company) already eliminated at least 2 of the 3 groups of suspect chemicals (beryllium, antimony and phthalates)in all of its new products? See remark environmental policy question 3. Source
5. Does the brand (company) support the principle of Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR), meaning that brands are responsibility for the entire lifecycle of their own products, including take back and recycling? Dell has signed the Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) statement. Source
6. Does the brand (company) provide free and easy take back and recycling services for its discarded products in many of the countries where its products are sold? Dell recycles any Dell product at anytime for free. Furthermore Dell will recycle any brand of computer with the purchase of a new Dell computer. Source
7. Does the brand (company) source at least 5% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams and does it give a clear timeline to increase this percentage to at least 25% by 2025? Dell mentions to use post consumer recycled plastics whenever possible (see page 15). However, no percentages or timelines were found in Dell´s sustainability report. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 out of 7
1. Does the brand (company) have a policy that excludes smelters of conflict minerals by only sourcing minerals from conflict free areas or by only sourcing minerals from conflict areas when human rights are respected and where contributing to conflict is avoided? Dell states to exclude smelters of conflict minerals by refraining from purchasing from any known conflict sources and by being active in the EICC conflict-free smelter program (see link). Source
2. Does the brand (company) have a Code of Conduct (CoC) for both its own factories and those of its suppliers, which includes the following standards: No forced or slave labor, no child labor, no discrimination of any kind and a safe and hygienic workplace? Dell uses the EICC Code of Conduct, in which all standards are mentioned (for Code of Conduct, see next question). Source
3. Does the brand’s (company’s) CoC include at least 3 of the following workers rights: 1. a formally registered employment relationship 2. a maximum working week of 48 hours with voluntary paid overtime of 12 hours maximum 3. a sufficient living wage 4. form and join labor unions and bargain collectively; and in those situations where these rights are restricted under law, to develop parallel means? 1. Not mentioned; 2. No, the CoC states a maximum of 60 hours per week but does not specify how many are overtime; 3. No, wages must comply with applicable wage laws but does not mention a living wage; 4. No, this right is mentioned but a parallel means in situations where these rights are restricted under law is not mentioned. Source
4. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Dell provides a list of 95% spend and key supply chain partners. Source
5. Is the brand (company) a member of a multi stakeholder initiative (MSI), wherein independent NGO’s or labor unions are represented, that collectively aims to improve labor conditions and that carries out independent audits? Or does the brand (company) significantly purchase its supplies from factories certified by such MSI’s? Dell is an implementation partner of the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) Electronics program, which is an MSI that aims to improve the working conditions of factory laborers, and wherein NGO's are represented. Source
6. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Dell mentions performing audits but does not publish the results (see p. 32). Source
7. Has the brand’s labor conditions policy resulted in a ‘compliance level’ of at least 30% of the purchase volume, or a ‘monitored level' of at least 80%? See remark for labor conditions question 6. Source