Wipro Beats HP, Apple to Top Greenpeace Chart

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By Rohit KVN | November 21, 2012 4:47 PM EST

Indian IT company Wipro has grabbed the number one position in the Greenpeace's 18th edition of "Guide to Greener Electronic" 2012 chart .Wipro is the first Indian ICT (Information and Communication Technology) company to top the list.

Bangalore-based Wipro is also the first Indian company to take the top slot on its debut entry in the Greenpeace's global rankings.

Wipro has taken top honours in the Indian edition of Greenpeace's Greener Electronics Guide rankings for past few years. This year's Indian edition is merged with the international edition.

Wipro has overtaken the giants like Apple, HP, Nokia, Dell, Samsung and others to take the top honours in the "Guide to Greener Electronic" 2012 global edition.

Wipro tops the chart with 7.1 out of a possible 10 points, followed by last year's leader HP with 5.7 points. Nokia comes third with 5.4 points.

Taiwanese Company Acer is placed fourth with 5.1 points and Dell scores 4.6 points to finish at the fifth position.

However, Cupertino-based Apple has dropped from fourth to sixth place with 4.5 points compared to 4.6 points in the last year's edition.

Greenpeace explains that Apple misses out on points for lack of transparency on GHG (Green House Gas) emission reporting and clean energy advocacy.

It further mentions that Apple failed to disclose the initiatives taken in the management of toxic chemicals, and the details regarding to recycling of plastics recovered from the old products.

The Greenpeace rates companies based on three basic criteria; namely Energy & Climate, Greener Products and Sustainable Operations.

The Bangalore-based company was lauded for its efforts to embrace renewable energy and advocacy for greener energy policies in India.

Greenpeace also said that Wipro scored well for the post-consumer e-waste collection for recycling and for phasing out hazardous substances from its products.

"Wipro has set a new benchmark for sustainability, not only in India but across the globe, that will have a long-term impact in shaping the green energy debate in the electronics industry," said Greenpeace India senior campaigner Abhishek Pratap.

He further added that the other Indian electronic companies should emulate the Wipro's environment-friendly initiatives.

HCL Infosystems is the only other Indian company to make it to the top 16 global Greenpeace rankings. The company scored 3.1 points and it is jointly placed at 13th position with the Japan-based Sharp Corporation.

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