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Lenovo & sustainability


Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 8 out of 19

Sustainability summary

Brand owner: Lenovo Group Limited
Head office: Beijing, China
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Computers, Notebooks, Audio, Video, (Mobile) Phones
Free Tags: Laptop, Desktop, PC, Netbook, Monitor, Workstation, Server, Mobile phone

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Lenovo sustainability score report

Last edited: 18 June 2012 by Mario
Last reviewed: 28 February 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? Lenovo supports the goal to reduce global emissions by 30% in 2020 and 50% in 2050 (see 'External initiatives'). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual carbon footprint of its 'own operations' and of the supply / production chain? Lenovo publishes all three of scopes for their carbon footprint (see p.52). This at least partly includes emissions from the production chain as Lenovo states that their emissions total includes emission from manufacturing. 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? Lenovo's strategy is to improve the carbon efficiency by only 10 percent by FY 2012-13, based upon FY 2007-08 emissions (see p.43). Source
4. Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated its 'own operations' carbon footprint by at least 10% in the last 5 years? Despite a slight increase in Lenovo's carbon footprint from 2007-08 to 2008-09, they have decreased their total footprint (scopes 1-3) by ~10% from 2008-09 to 2009-10 (see p.52). Source
5. Do all new products of the brand meet the latest Energy Star requirements (where applicable)? Although Lenovo lists some products which meet Energy Star requirements, it is unclear whether all their products meet this standard. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

4 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? Lenovo plans to phase out the use of all PVC and BFRs in 2011 (see page 3). Source
2. Has the brand (company) already eliminated PVC and BFRs in all new products? Phase-out plans for BFR and PVC, are dependent on the availability of economically viable, safe alternatives. Although Lenovo is releasing some PVC and BFR-free models they are not completely eliminated yet (see page 45). 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? Beryllium and antimony/antimony compounds will be eliminated by 2012. No information could be found on if and when phthalates will be eliminated (see page17-19 of 'Baseline Environmental Requirements etc.'). 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 former remark: not likely that the chemicals are already phased out. 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? Lenovo does not mention Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR), but it supports the same ideas and principles (see page 47). 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? Lenovo offers take back in 51 countries, 26 of which also offer voluntary take back. 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? Although Lenovo provides figures of recycled plastics used in some products, no overall figure of the percentage of plastic used from recycled plastic streams was found (see pp.6-7). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 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? "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
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? Lenovo 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? Lenovo does not publish a list of direct suppliers. 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? Lenovo is a member of EICC, but civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in this initiative. Source
6. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Lenovo mentions performing audits but does not publish the results. 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