Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics: May 2010

The latest quarterly rankings of the greening of the electronics industry finds a number of firms losing ground for failing to meet deadlines to phase out toxic chemicals from their products.

The 15th edition of the NGO's Guide to Greener Electronics finds all three companies losing ground, while Nokia and Sony Ericsson retain their top spots.

Toshiba, which had previously been ranked third, fell to 14th, and Samsung dropped from 7th to 13th; Dell actually improved its score overall despite failing to meet its goal to remove toxics, in part for joining in an effort to remove toxics from electronics in the European market.

"These industry giants cannot claim to be green until they follow through on their commitments to eliminate substances from their products that are harmful to the environment and public health," Greenpeace International Toxics Campaigner Iza Kruszewska said in a statement. "Companies that are still using PVC and BFRs in their products need to follow the lead of Apple, HP and Indian brands HCL and Wipro who are phasing out these toxic chemicals."

The companies most improved in the rankings this time around are Panasonic, which climbed to 6th place from 10th; Sony, which moved into a tie with Panasonic; Hewlett-Packard's move into 8th place from 11th; and Sharp moving to 9th place from 13th.