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Lenovo

First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 8 out of 37

Sustainability summary

Based on our sustainability criteria, Lenovo has achieved the D-label. Lenovo has started to take sustainability into account, and is one of the few brandss offering easy repair manuals. Lenovo also scores good points on partnering with initiatives to avoid the use of conflict minerals. Still, a lot more can be done for Lenovo to be an allround sustainable brand.

Brand owner: Lenovo Group Limited
Head office: Beijing, China
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Laptop, notebook, Tablet, PC
Free Tags: Computer, Accessories & Services

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Lenovo sustainability score report

Last edited: 18 June 2014 by Ype
Last reviewed: 26 May 2014 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Lenovo supports the goal to reduce global emissions by 30% in 2020 and 50% in 2050 (see 'External initiatives') and has its own targets, such as the '10 year initiative, to reduce Scope 2 emissions by 16% and 20%, respectively for FY 2015/16 and FY 2019/20'. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Lenovo publishes all three of scopes for their carbon footprint  on its website. Lenovo's carbon footprint increased from 88,211 metric tonnes of CO2 in 2009, to 104,236 in 2012. This constitutes an increase of over 18%. Source
3. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Lenovo states the '10 year initiative to reduce Scope 2 emissions by 16% and 20%, respectively for FY 2015/16 and FY 2019/20'. This is both less than 20% in 5 years. Source
4. Does the brand (company) publish the annual carbon footprint that also covers the major suppliers, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce these carbon emissions? In 2012/2013, Lenovo has measured and published the carbon footprint of 95% of its direct global supplier expenditures. However, a clear policy to reduce these emissions is not mentioned, Lenovo reports a reduction of 12% from 2011 to 2012. Source
5. Is at least 35% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Lenovo buys 35 million kWh of renewable energy annually, but does not mention the percentage of total energy use this constitutes. Lenovo does neither disclose the sources of renewable energy. Source
6. Do all new products of the brand meet energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)? Although Lenovo has multiple products which meet or exceed Energy Star requirements, not all their new products do. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 17
1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC in all new products? Lenovo has already phased out PVC and BFR's from a lot of their products, but not all. A time line for the remaining products is not mentioned. Source
2. Has the brand (company) eliminated BFR's in all new products? See remark environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Has the brand (company) eliminated at least 2 of the 3 groups of suspect chemicals (beryllium, antimony and phthalates) in all its new products already? Lenovo states that beryllium and antimony will be eliminated by 2012 'where technically feasible', which is not defined. Phthalates are also still used and no time line is given for its elimination (see also link for next question). Source
4. Does the brand (company) publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product, that includes packaging materials, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce the overall environmental impact of material use? Lenovo does not publish its material footprint on its website. Source
5. Does the brand (company) only use universal plugs for chargers (where applicable) or does the brand offer the charger as optional to the product? Lenovo offers universal plugs for chargers for at least some of its products, but it's not clear if this is the case for all products. Furthermore, the brand does not mention anything about offering chargers as optional to its products. Source
6. Does the brand (company) source at least 10% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams and does the give a timeline to increase this percentage to at least 25% by 2025 ? "Of the total plastics used in all Lenovo products during the calendar year 2010, over 11.5% (gross) contained recycled content, with net Post Consumer Content usage of approximately 4.3%". However, it is not clear what the percentage recycled plastic on total plastic use is. Source
7. Does the brand (company) source at least 20% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams? See remark for environmental policy question 6. The specific percentage is not clear. Source
8. Does the brand (company) have an effective policy in place to reduce the environmental impact of its consumer packaging and does the brand already show best practices, such as using at least 80% environmentally certified or recycled paper products? Lenovo has a policy to use recycled materials in its packaging, to decrease packaging size and to increase bulk packaging. For some products, Lenovo already uses 100% recycled and recyclable packaging material. Lenovo does not report the overall results of their environmental packaging policies. Source
9. Has the brand (company) a take back program and is the take back recyling rate higher than 5% of the weight of the annually products sold? Lenovo only mentions a recycling program in the USA, for which it only publishes the recycling in metric tonnes, not as a percentage of sold products. Source
10. Is the take back recyling rate higher than 10% of the weight of the annually products sold? See answer to the previous question. Source
11. Has the brand (company) an active policy in place to increase the product life-span of products, such as longer warranty periods or easy repair with easy ordering of spare parts? Although Lenovo does not mention it an environmental policy (in the CSR publications), Lenovo has a proper support program to repair products, including the availability of spare parts. Source
12. Does the brand (company) use replaceable batteries in all portable devices? Lenovo offers replaceable batteries in at least some of its products, but it's unclear if all of its products contain them. Source
13. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products? Lenovo offers maintenance manuals for its products on its website. Source
14. Does the brand (company) guarantee supply of spare parts and software updates for all products, for at least 3 years after end of production? Lenovo does not mention how long its spare parts or software updates keep being available after end of production. Source
15. Does the brand (company) give at least a 3 years warranty on all products? Lenovo mentions an extended warranty depending on the system, but this warranty has to be purchased and is not by default based on the lifespan design of the product. Source
16. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint and is there a policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? Lenovo does not publish a land use footprint, but has published a water footprint. However, Lenovo does not set internal, global water reduction targets, but mentions that some facilities have established water related goals. Source
17. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint that also covers its most important suppliers? Lenovo publishes the water footprint of its own operations, but not of its most important suppliers. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) regularly publish an updated list of smelters that are identified in the own supply chain? Lenovo mentions a plan to make a list of its smelters, but currently does not publish such a list on its website, Source
2. Does the brand (company) have a clear policy to only source from smelters that have passed the conflict-free audits, and has the brand already achieved this for at least one metal/mineral? "Lenovo leverages its membership in the EICC to collaborate on industry issues such as conflict minerals and environmental sustainability. Lenovo supports an industry approach to address the conflict minerals issue." However, Lenovo does not state a policy that excludes suppliers of conflict materials. Source
3. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 1 initiative that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? Lenovo supports the ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi). Source
4. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 2 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? Lenovo also supports the Conflict-Free Smelter Program. Source
5. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 3 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? Lenovo has also joined the IDH Banka Tin Working Group. Source
6. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 4 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc? Lenovo does not mention any other initiatives on its website. Source
7. 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? Lenovo uses the EICC Code of Conduct, in which all standards are mentioned (for Code of Conduct, see next question). Source
8. 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
9. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? Lenovo has not published a list of direct suppliers on its website. Source
10. 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? Lenovo is a member of EICC, but civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in this initiative. Source
11. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Is more than 95% of supplier monitored for labour conditions? Lenovo mentions performing audits but does not publish the results. Source
12. Is at least 25% of suppliers in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions question 11. Source
13. Is at least 50% of suppliers in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions question 11. Source
14. Is at least 50% of suppliers in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct - including a living wage? See remark for labor conditions question 11. Source