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Electronics Question Set

In this section, you will find the list of 'Electronics' questions that are used in the Electronics sector ranking matrices. The questions are categorized into three areas: Labour Conditions and Human Rights, Climate Change, and Ecology. Clicking on a question heading will provide you with more background information, guidelines and possible jurisdiction for this question.

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Questions about Climate Change

1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions?
Generic Carbon Emissions Question 1
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?
Generic Carbon Emissions Question 2 AND Generic Carbon Emissions Question 3
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?
Generic Carbon Emissions Question 4
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?
Generic Carbon Emissions Question 8
5. Is at least 35% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy?
Generic Carbon Emissions Question 5
6. Do all new products of the brand meet energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)?
Electronics and ICT hardware Climate Change Question 5

Questions about Ecology

1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC in all new products?
Electronics and ICT hardware Ecology Question 2
2. Has the brand (company) eliminated BFR's in all new products?
Electronics and ICT hardware Ecology Question 2
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?
See Electronics and ICT hardware Ecology Question 2
3-2. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of products?
See Electronics Update Question 7
3-3. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the full production chains?
See Electronics Update Question 7
4. 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?
Electronics Update Question 1
5. Does the brand offer the charger as optional to the product?
Electronics Update Question 2
6. 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?
Electronics and ICT hardware Ecology Question 9
7. Does the brand (company) source at least 20% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams?
Electronics and ICT hardware Ecology Question 9
8. 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?
Generic Ecology Question 2 CHECK
9. 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?
Electronics Update Question 3
10. Is the take back recyling rate higher than 10% of the weight of the annually products sold?
Electronics Update Question 3
11. 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?
Electronics Update Question 4
12. Does the brand (company) use replaceable batteries in all portable devices?
Electronics Update Question 4
13. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products?
Electronics Update Question 4
14. Does the brand (company) guarantee supply of spare parts and software updates for all products, for at least 3 years after end of production?
Electronics Update Question 4
15. Does the brand (company) give at least a 3 years warranty on all products?
Electronics Update Question 4
16. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint and is there a policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint?
Electronics Update Question 1
17. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint that also covers its most important suppliers?
Electronics Update Question 1

Questions about Labour Conditions and Human Rights

1. Does the brand (company) regularly publish an updated list of smelters that are identified in the own supply chain?
Electronics Update Question 5
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?
Electronics Update Question 5b
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?
Electronics Update Question 6
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?
Electronics Update Question 6
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?
Electronics Update Question 6
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?
Electronics Update Question 6
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?
Electronics and ICT hardware Question 2
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?
Electronics and ICT hardware Question 3
9. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume?
Electronics and ICT hardware Question 4
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?
Electronics and ICT hardware Question 5
11. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Is more than 95% of direct suppliers monitored for labour conditions?
Generic Labour Conditions Question 6 and Generic Labour Conditions Question 7
12. Is at least 25% of suppliers in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct?
Generic Labour Conditions Question 8
13. Is at least 50% of suppliers in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct?
Generic Labour Conditions Question 8
14. Is at least 50% of suppliers in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct - including a living wage?
Generic Labour Conditions Question 8