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How ethical and sustainable is Kyocera? 

Kyocera is a brand that appears in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Printer, Scanner, and All-in-One Ratings Table.

Although Kyocera has not yet met our Ethical Benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future. We would have extra confidence in this brand if it submitted itself to apply for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make further detailed assessments and recommendations for ethical improvement.

What does Kyocera do?

Kyocera’s first product was a ceramic insulator called a ‘kelcima’ that was used in television picture tubes. The company quickly adapted its technologies to manufacture a growing range of ceramic components for electronic and structural applications. As the NASA space programme, the birth of Silicon Valley, and the advancement of computer technology increased demand for semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) in the 1960s, Kyocera developed ceramic semiconductor packages, which are still among its core product lines today.

Kyocera began expanding its material technologies in the mid-1970s, producing a diverse range of applied ceramic products such as solar photovoltaic modules, biocompatible tooth and joint replacement systems, industrial cutting tools, consumer ceramics such as ceramic-bladed kitchen knives and ceramic-tipped ballpoint pens, and lab-grown gemstones.
For which criteria does Kyocera perform poorly? 

Despite Kyocera’s progress, there is still room for improvement. Kyocera was marked down under our criteria for Political Donations, Armaments, Human Rights, Fossil Fuels, Code of Conduct, and Other Criticisms.

In what areas does Kyocera score well for its ethics?

The brand was marked up under our criteria for an Environmental Report, Nuclear Power, and Eco Labels.

How can the Kyocera brand improve its Ethical Rating?

The Good Shopping Guide score results from multiple ethical criteria, and Kyocera’s score has been calculated from these criteria. To reach our minimum Ethical Benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Kyocera has some issues to resolve, including Human Rights, Fossil Fuels, Code of Conduct, and Other Criticisms.

Could your range of printers, scanners, and all-in-ones benefit from Ethical Accreditation by The Good Shopping Guide? You can find out which other printer brands have received our ethical and sustainability accreditation by consulting The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Printers, Scanners & All-In-Ones Ratings Tables. If you have any questions, please contact us or fill out a brief initial ethical evaluation form to get the process started.

Ethical performance in category


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  • Environmental Report


  • Nuclear Power


  • Eco Labels


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare



  • Armaments


  • Code of Conduct


  • Political Donations


  • Human Rights


  • Conflict Minerals



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Other Criticisms


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