International NGO Greenpeace on Monday ranked Wipro as a top Indian IT company in social responsibility towards e-waste, whereas Zenith and PCS were ranked the lowest. HCL, the biggest player in the Indian, market was second in the ranking of the four top IT companies of India.
Martin Besieux, campaigner of Greenpeace International, said the ranking will help Indian IT companies to make its products more environment friendly, as has been done in Europe following a similar ranking system. Lenovo topped the global ranking in March 2007, after being at the bottom of the table in August 2006. “Lenovo announced its commitment to phase out hazardous chemicals from there products, thereby earning top ranking,” Besieux said.
The ranking was based on the chemical policy and take back policy of the companies. The companies were required to state their policies in this regard on their website. “We wanted the companies to tell people about how environment friendly their products are,” said Ramapati Kumar, toxic campaigner of Greenpeace India.
Wipro got the top ranking as it was the first Indian IT company to provide products compliant with European standards and has also announced phasing out PVC and other toxic elements in personal computers and laptops. While HCL was phasing out some of the hazardous materials from their computers, Kumar said, there was no said policy in this regard from Zenith and PCS, thereby getting the lowest ranking.
India every year generates 146,000 tonnes of e-waste but only one thousand tonnes reach three registered companies. “No one knows where the remaining e-waste goes. It is a dangerous trend considering that India’s sharing in global computer market would rise from two per cent to 13 per cent in the next five years,” he warned. India needs a national legislation to handle its e-waste, Kumar urged.