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Wipro Tops Greenpeace Greener Electronics Guide

Indian technology firm Wipro debuted as No. 1 in the international version of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics, unseating last year’s leader HP.

Wipro scored a 7.1 out of 10, the most points out of the 16 companies in the annual ranking, largely due to its efforts to use renewable energy and advocate for greener energy policies in India. Wipro also score well for post-consumer e-waste collection for recycling and for phasing out hazardous substances from its products.

Wipro and three other Indian consumer electronics companies were assessed separately in a version of the Guide to Greener Electronics specifically for Indian companies, using the same set of criteria from 2007 to 2011. The 2012 edition of the guide merges the Indian version and the international version, Greenpeace said.

HP dropped from the top spot to No. 2 in the ranking, while Nokia moved up to take third place. Taiwanese computer maker Acer was the most improved company in the guide, moving up nine spots to No. 4 for engaging with its suppliers on greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous substances, conflict materials and fiber sourcing.

Dell dropped from No. 3 to No. 5, while. Apple dropped one spot to No. 6 . Blackberry maker RIM did not improve from its 16th place ranking, the bottom of the group.

Last year, HP took the lead from former front runners Nokia and Sony Ericsson. In the 2011 edition, Dell soared into second place, from tenth place in 2010.

The companies have made progress in removing toxic chemicals from the mobile phones, computers and tablets they produce, Greenpeace said. However, their manufacturing and supply chains are still too heavily dependent on dirty energy sources that are contributing to climate change, according to the non-profit.

A separate report released Monday by Malk Sustainability Partners found managers at IT companies have turned to sustainable supply chain management strategies as public pressure to increase transparency has increased.

MSP conducted the survey, “Sustainable Supply Chain Management in Information Technology,” at 29 global IT companies and with five industry experts to investigate the key drivers, issues and strategies behind the sector’s adoption of SSCM strategies.

More than one third of companies surveyed said they are addressing these issues in response to concerns from investors and customers. Close to 75 percent of respondents reported receiving inquiries from customers about their SSCM practices and/or submitted such requests to their own vendors.

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