Philips ranks poorly on Greenpeace list

27th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 November 2007, RIJSWIJK – Philips does not clean up its own electronics waste and does too little to remove toxic substances from products. The company should ban PVC and bromide-containing flame retardants. Greenpeace said this in a statement released on Tuesday.

27 November 2007

RIJSWIJK – Philips does not clean up its own electronics waste and does too little to remove toxic substances from products. The company should ban PVC and bromide-containing flame retardants. Greenpeace said this in a statement released on Tuesday.

"Electronics waste is often dumped in developing countries. There the toxic waste causes serious environmental and health problems," the organisation says.

Greenpeace has set up a ranking for electronics manufacturers in terms of how "green" they are. Philips is almost last on the list. Sony Ericsson tops the list for the first time and Nintendo comes in last, as the "dirtiest" electronics company. Nokia was the best in the past, but fell to ninth place.

A spokesperson for Philips says that Greenpeace does not look at the whole of a company's sustainability policy when ranking it on the list. "Greenpeace only looks at PVC use and recycling, and only at the information that is available on the company's website. We are working hard to ban PVC. It has been removed from packaging and we are now looking where else it can be reduced," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson stressed that Philips does score well on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. "That list takes all aspects of a company's sustainability policy into consideration."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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