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Acer
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 11 out of 39

Sustainability summary

Acer has achieved the D-label. The brand has started to take sustainability into account, with e.g. a policy to minimize climate emissions and to reduce these further in the near future. Acer also works together with multiple initiatives to increase the use of conflict-free minerals in the production chain. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Acer Inc.
Head office: Taipei, Taiwan
Sector: Electronics
Categories : Smartphone, Laptop, notebook, Tablet, PC
Free Tags: Computer, Monitor, Accessories & Services

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Acer sustainability score report

Last edited: 17 May 2016 by Martje
Last reviewed: 17 May 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

4 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Acer implements several measures to reduce climate emissions, such as creating more energy efficient measures and the use of renewable energy (see link, starting on page 44-50). 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? Acer decreased its climate footprint of own operations (Scope 1&2) from about 43,000 tons of CO2e in 2011 to 23,740 tons of CO2e in 2014. This represents a decrease of around 42,5% (see link, page 45). 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? Acer has set the goal to reduce its own operations climate footprint by 60% by 2020, compared to 2009. This constitutes a reduction of around 27% over 5 years (see link, page 45). 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? Acer aims to minimize climate emissions in its supply chain. For 2014, Acer communicates 90,619 tons of CO2e for purchased goods and services (see link, page 46-48). Source
5. Is at least 35% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? In 2014, Acer's total level of renewable energy use for electricity was 30% (renewable energy credits (RECs) and on-site generated). Type, source and additionality of its renewable energy supply is generally not clear enough specified (see link, page 6, 47 & 53). Source
6. Do all new products of the brand meet energy efficiency requirements such as Energy Star (where applicable)? Acer is not clear whether all new consumer products meet the requirements of standards such as 'Energy Star' (see link, page 37, 40 & 43). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 19
1. Has the brand (company) eliminated PVC in all new products? Acer mentions it is working on eliminating PVC and BFRs from its products (see link, page 37 & 44). 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? Acer mentions it is working on eliminating beryllium, antimony and phthalates in all all its products (see link, page 37). Source
4. Has the brand (company) banned the use of benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly of products? Acer does not mention whether benzene and n-hexane is banned 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? Acer 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? Acer 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. Source
7. Does the brand offer the charger as optional to the product? Acer 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 ? Acer does not mention a clear percentage value of recycled plastic processed (see link, page 38). 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? Acer implements several measures related to more sustainable packaging, but does not publish the annual packaging volumes/weights per material type (see link, page 39-41). 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? Acer offers several voluntary take-back and recycling programs. But, the exact recycling rate isn't specified (see link, page 41 & 42). 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 11. 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? Acer 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 35-39). Source
14. Does the brand (company) use replaceable batteries in all portable devices? Acer does not mention if all its portable devices use replaceable batteries. Source
15. Does the brand (company) provide online repair manuals for all products? Online repair manuals for Acer 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? Acer does not mention clear information about spare parts. Source
17. Does the brand (company) give at least a 3 years warranty on all products? Acer 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? Acer implements measures to regulate water use at its own operations. In 2014, Acer used around 209,744.75 m3 of water (represents a decrease of 13,2% compared to 2013) (See link, page 51-53). Source
19. Does the brand (company) publish a water and/or land use footprint that also covers its most important suppliers? Acer publishes the water footprint of its own operations, but not of its most important suppliers. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

5 out of 14
1. Does the brand (company) regularly publish an updated list of smelters that are identified in the own supply chain? Acer publishes a list of smelters, effective as of December 2014. 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? Acers publishes information about a conflict minerals policy, but does not specify if at least one mineral is already sourced conflict free. 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? Acer joined the 'Public- Private Alliance (PPA) for Responsible Minerals Trade' (see link, page 5). 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? Acer also supports the 'Conflict-free Smelter Program' (CFSP) (see link, page 1). 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? Acer has also joined the 'IDH Bangka Tin Working Group'. 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? Acer does not mention membership at any other endorsed initiatives. 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? Acer requests its suppliers to comply with the EICC Code of Conduct (CoC) - which covers all these standards (see link). In its own operations 'Business Conduct' all these standards are mentioned too (see link, next question). 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. 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? Acer does not publish a direct accessible list of suppliers. 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? Acer is a member of the EICC, but civil society organizations do not have a decisive voice in this initiative. 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? Acer mentions performing audits and publishes some information on these audits. However, the reporting is not specific enough regarding total production volume covered (see link, starting on page 57-61). 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