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Computer Sector's Social and Environmental Performance Needs Upgrade

A recent report from Oekom Research identifies shortcomings in the corporate responsibility performance of IT and computer companies, particularly concerning social issues...Hewlett Packard topped the group with an overall grade of B-. Apple was close behind, also earning a B-. NEC came in third with a C+. Other companies assessed included Dell, Fujitsu, IBM, and Sun Microsystems. Gateway did not provide any information..."One outcome of the survey is that supply chain management is not satisfactory," said Ms. Bohle. "None of the companies has implemented detailed measures to monitor basic labor conditions of its suppliers, for example in terms of local working hours or wages. Furthermore, the companies assessed have not implemented measures to assess the human rights situation in non-OECD countries."