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Lenovo

First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 9 out of 39

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: 30 November 2014 by Shilpa
Last reviewed: 1 December 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 takes several policy measures to reduce carbon emissions, such as energy efficiency measures for its devices or the purchase of renewable energy (see link, starting on p. 72). 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 increased its gross climate footprint of own operations from 88.211 tons of CO2e in FY 09/10 to 131.246 tons of CO2e in FY 13/14. This represents an increase of around 48% (see link, "Climate Change 2014 Response"). 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 reports on reduction targets with respect to its Scope 2 emissions, but does not mention a tangible overall target value (see link, download "Climate Change 2014 Response"). 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? Lenovo reports the greenhouse gas emissions for its key first tier suppliers. They account 111.705 tons of CO2e for FY 13/14. Furthermore Lenovo describes its policies to reduce carbon emissions in the supply chain (see link, download "Supply Chain 2014 Response"). Source
5. Is at least 35% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? In FY 13/14 Lenovo´s total level of renewable energy use was around 8% (12.993 MWh). However, only approx. 0,2% were generated by Lenovo (solar panel arrays in Shanghai). The remaining 7,8% are Green-e hydro RECs certificates (see link, download "Climate Change 2014 Response"). 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 19
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 environmental question 6). Source
4. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of products? "According to Lenovo's Environmental Requirements for Lenovo Products, Materials and Parts the use of Benzene and n-hexane is only restricted but not banned." Source
5. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the full production chains? See remark for environmental policy question 4. Source
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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 ? Lenovo states the goal to increase the percentage of recycled plastics (mainly Post Consumer Content / PCC) by 10% for all new products released after March 31, 2013 (relative to total plastics weight). Whether this goal was achieved isn´t communicated yet (see link, p. 87). Source
9. Does the brand (company) source at least 20% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. 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 (see link, p.87-93). Source
11. 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 runs take back program. However, Lenovo only reports that the recycled customer returns in 2012 represents 7.1 percent of the total weight of new products put on the market in 2008. Source
12. Is the take back recyling rate higher than 10% of the weight of the annually products sold? See answer to the previous question. Source
13. 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? Prolonging the products life-cycle is not explicitly mentioned in Lenovo´s environmental policy. Source
14. 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
15. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products? Lenovo offers maintenance manuals for its products on its website. Source
16. 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
17. 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
18. 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 publishes its water footprint of own operations, which shows a substantial increase of water usage. Lenovo states to have minimal impact on local water resources - with minimal opportunities to reuse and recycle water. Lenovo claims to identify and implement opportunities to reduce the amount of water they consume. Source
19. 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. However, Lenovo states to begin tracking the water performance of its suppliers and initiate dialogue regarding opportunities for improved performance and corrective actions for identified compliance issues (see link, p.87). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) regularly publish an updated list of smelters that are identified in the own supply chain? Lenovo publishes a list of smelters on its website, for the year 2013. 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 does not specify, whether at least one mineral is sourced conflict free. Lenovo estimates that 45% of its procurement spend is not yet determined to be conflict-free (see link, p.7). 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 states that the overall supplier compliance from 1st round to 2nd round audits has improved by 10% and that generally compliance is more than 90% in aggregate and in each of the categories. However, Lenovo doesn´t report more detailed information (see link, p. 54-61, 113). 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