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ASUS
Reasonable, could be better Click here for score rapport: 14 out of 39

Sustainability summary

ASUS has achieved the C-label. ASUS is on its way towards sustainability, but more improvement is needed.

Brand owner: ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated
Head office: Taipei, Taiwan
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Smartphone, Laptop, notebook, Tablet, PC
Free Tags: Computer, Monitor, Headphone, Accessories & Services

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ASUS sustainability score report

Last edited: 9 June 2016 by Emily
Last reviewed: 9 June 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? ASUS implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as increasing energy efficiency of its products (see link, page 25, 33-38). Source
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? ASUS has reduced its climate footprint (Scope 1&2) of own operations from 13,059 tons of CO2e in 2011 to 11,316 tons of CO2e in 2014. This represents a decrease of around 13.4% (see link, page 34). Source
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? ASUS was committed to reduce 15% of the climate emissions associated with energy use before 2015 (base year: 2008). A more up to date target is not yet communicated (see link, page 33). Source
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? ASUS aims to minimize climate emissions in its supply chain. For 2015, ASUS reports, that 396,175 tons CO2e (Scope 1&2) of its key suppliers (%-share not specified). Source
5. Is at least 35% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? ASUS does not mention any use of renewable energy. Source
6. Do all new products of the brand meet energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)? ASUS reports that all notebooks comply with the energy efficiency requirements of Energy Star. But, it's not clear whether other products, like phones or displays, meet these standards too (see link, page 38 & 79). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

7 out of 19
1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC in all new products? ASUS plans to gradually phase out PVC and BFRs. But, whether PVC and / or BFRs are eliminated in all new products is not yet specified (see also link at next question, page 23). Source
2. Has the brand (company) eliminated BFR's in all new products? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
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 already? ASUS reports that beryllium and anitmony is banned from all products since 2013. Also phthalates are banned since 2015. Source
4. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of products? ASUS banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of products. Source
5. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the full production chains? ASUS does not mention whether benzene and n-hexane is banned in the full production chain. Source
6. Does the brand (company) publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product, and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce the overall environmental impact of material use? ASUS implements several measures to improve its annual material footprint, but does not publish its annual material footprint, or alternatively material footprints for each sold product (see link, page 21-29). Source
7. Does the brand offer the charger as optional to the product? ASUS does not mention anything about offering the charger as optional to the products. Source
8. 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 ? ASUS runs a recycling service and reports that 6.7% of end-of-life products were reclaimed in 2014, but does not report, whether at least 10% of its plastics is sourced from recycled plastic streams (see link, page 32 & 72). Source
9. Does the brand (company) source at least 20% of its plastics from recycled plastic streams? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? ASUS reports on several measures and results regarding its packaging design. However, no overall performance is specified (see link, page 25-27). Source
11. 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? For 2015, ASUS reports a global recycling rate of end-of-life products of approximately 11% of the weight sold. Source
12. Is the take back recyling rate higher than 10% of the weight of the annually products sold? See remark for environmental policy question 8. Source
13. 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? ASUS implements measure to increase its products life-cycle, but no clear best practice examples to prolong its products life-span are specified yet (see link, page 21-24). Source
14. Does the brand (company) use replaceable batteries in all portable devices? ASUS uses replaceable batteries in all portable devices. Source
15. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products? Online repair manuals for ASUS products are provided via iFixit. Source
16. Does the brand (company) guarantee supply of spare parts and software updates for all products, for at least 3 years after end of production? ASUS does not mention anything about spare parts. Source
17. Does the brand (company) give at least a 3 years warranty on all products? ASUS does not mention anything about an extended warranty period for its products. Source
18. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint and is there a policy to minimize, reduce or compensate this footprint? ASUS publishes the water use of its factories in Taiwan (81.004 m³ in 2014), which is an increase by around 7,6% compared to 2013. But, it remains unclear whether data published for Taiwan represent ASUS' entire water footprint (see link, page 71). Source
19. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint that also covers its most important suppliers? Asus implements measures to realize water use reductions in its supply chain, and reports the water use for of its key suppliers (%-share not specified), which amounted to 2,642,162 m3 in 2015. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

4 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) regularly publish an updated list of smelters that are identified in the own supply chain? ASUS has published a list of smelters. Source
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? ASUS mentions that it will not accept illegally mined minerals and minerals from mines with inferior working conditions. So far, none of the minerals processed can be considered fully conflict-free sourced (see link, page 50-54). Source
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? ASUS is a member of the 'Conflict-Free Smelter Program' (CFSP). Source
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? ASUS has also joined the 'IDH Bangka Tin Working Group (see link, page 54). Source
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? ASUS does not mention membership at any other endorsed initiatives. Source
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? See remark for labor conditions policy question 4. Source
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? ASUS requests its direct suppliers (tier 1) to comply with the EICC Code of Conduct (CoC) - which covers all these standards. In its own operations 'Declaration on Human Rights' policy all these standards are mentioned too (see link, page (8 & 44). Source
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? In the EICC CoC: 1. Not mentioned; 2. No, maximum working week is 60 hours, 'except in emergency cases and unusual situations'; 3. No, only legal minimum wage; 4. No, Freedom of association is mentioned, but nothing found about situations in which this right is restricted by law. The standards for its own operations are even weaker (see link, page 44). Source
9. Does the brand (company) have a published list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume? ASUS does not publish a list of its direct suppliers on its website. Source
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? ASUS is a member of the EICC, but civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in this initiative (see link, page 8). Source
11. Does the brand (company) annually report on the results of its labor conditions policy? Are more than 95% of final manufacturing stage production facilities monitored for labour conditions? ASUS mentions performing 1st tier supplier audits and publishes some information on these audits. However, the reporting is not specific enough regarding audit results and total production volume covered (see link, starting on page 51, 52 & 78). Source
12. Are at least 25% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source
13. Are at least 50% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source
14. Are at least 50% of final manufacturing stage production facilities in high risk countries compliant to the Code of Conduct - including a living wage? See remark for labor conditions policy question 11. Source