Greenpeace Fires Shots at the Biggest Companies

by boi on October 23, 2017 - 9:02pm

In the article titled “Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact, it is revealed that Greenpeace issued a report containing various information including the gas emission ratings of 17 companies. Some of these companies include tech giants such as Samsung and Amazon. According to the report, most of the biggest companies did not stand by their agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses and some are actually polluting even more. These corporate giants have failed to increase their use of recycled materials and take too much time to reduce the use of toxic materials during manufacturing and in their products. Greenpeace has been pushing companies since 2011 to rethink their “take-make-waste” business practice and urging them the make products more durable and long-lasting to reduce waste. Greenpeace adds that although these companies like to brag about their innovative products and manufacturing process. Furthermore, the increase in the output of supply chains made it so that these companies consume more energy which increases greenhouse gas emissions. Greenpeace gave Samsung a D in its use of renewable energy, stating that only 1% of their power consumption comes from renewable energy, compared to Apple which uses renewable energy for 96% of its energy consumption. In addition to that poor grade, Samsung increased its greenhouse gas emissions by 24 percent in 2 years and failed to design long-lasting products and disclose hazardous chemicals. Other companies failing to reduce their environmental footprint include Chinese smartphone makers, Vivo, Xiaomi, Oppo and Huawei. Surprisingly, Amazon, the U.S. based electronic commerce company, received an F in its environmental performance. According to Greenpeace, they did not report their operations’ greenhouse gas footprint. However, of the 17 companies reported, Apple and Fairphone, an Amsterdam-based smartphone maker, were amongst the most energy friendly.

Greenpeace campaigner Lee Insung said in a final statement “If the tech industry does not change to renewable energy, the world won't be able to tackle climate change.”


This article, titled “Samsung Electronics and Apple, Inc.: A Study in Contrast in Vertical Integration in the 21st Century” was published in the American International Journal of Contemporary Research. It contrasts the business models of both companies.

In the article named “Environmental Justice for Whom? Class, New Social Movements, and the Environment: A Case Study of Greenpeace Canada, 1971-2000.”, published in Labour / Le Travail. Fall 2004, reflects on the structure and actions of Greenpeace since its inception.

The article titled “What Gets Covered? An Examination of Media Coverage of the Environmental Movement in Canada.” Analyses the press releases from Greenpeace and explains how they use different tactics to get more coverage in the media. This could be useful information to take into consideration as it might reveal some bias they use. This article was poste in the Canadian Review of Sociology

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