A report from the Ethical Company Organisation, "The Good Office Guide", is telling users which are the “most ethically sound” office printer products.
Brother was the top brand when it came to office printing, covering printers, fax machines and all-in-one products. The guide takes account of both environmental concerns - such as energy consumption and emissions - and ethical issues, including human rights and affiliations with the nuclear and arms industries.
Other manufacturers did not score so well. Amongst the concerns raised against other companies were alleged labour rights violations, accusations of aiding and abetting apartheid violence, and the dumping and burning of products exported to Nigeria.
The report takes into account 12 different ethical criteria and, based on these, calculates an overall Ethical Company index rating. The highest that can be achieved is 100.
Based on this research, company scores ranged from as low as 45 (Samsung) to as high as 100 (Brother). Xerox was second from bottom on 55, and the closest company to Brother was Olivetti on 85.
Chris Hinds, Brother’s head of marketing, said, “All our research, design and manufacturing processes have been overhauled to achieve the stringent TCO’99 standard for environmental product performance and accessibility. We remain the only printer manufacturer to have achieved this mark.”
"The Good Office Guide" is part of "The Good Shopping Guide", from the Ethical Company Organisation, which annually researches the ethical status of over 700 companies.
"The Good Shopping Guide" is supported by several NGOs including the World Development Movement, Friends of the Earth and Christian Aid.
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