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How ethical is Lexmark?

Lexmark, a Printer brand, is one of The Good Shopping Guide’s leading ethical brands. Lexmark receives an excellent Good Shopping Guide ethical score in our Ethical Printers, Scanners, and All- In- Ones Ratings Table and therefore passes our Ethical Benchmark as a good ethical brand.

We encourage other companies in the Printer sector to follow Lexmark’s example and adopt more ethical policies and practices. Read our editorial on Ethical Printers to find out more about the ethical issues in this sector.

What does Lexmark do?

Lexmark was founded in 1991 as a spin-off from IBM’s print division. To this day, they manufacture and distribute printers, printer products, and printer accessories from its headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. However, Lexmark has many other locations around the world. All IBM insignia were removed from Lexmark printer products in 1994, as the company had established itself and was profitable on its own. In 1995, the company went public.

Lexmark’s main products are laser printers, inkjet printers, and dot matrix printers. There are monochrome and colour models available, as well as Lexmark all-in-one printers, copiers, and scanner devices. There are models for both home use and larger corporations.

In what areas does Lexmark perform well? 

Lexmark performs well in the majority of our categories including a Code of Conduct, Eco Labels, and Human Rights to name a few.

How could Lexmark rate higher on our Ethical Printers, Scanners, and All-In-Ones Ratings Tables

Due to its excellent score, Lexmark is eligible for Ethical Accreditation from The Good Shopping Guide. To improve its score further, Lexmark should consider improving its Political Donations and Conflict Minerals.

Could The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation enhance your CSR or ESG targets and reporting for your printer brand? Consult The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Printers, Scanners & All-In-Ones Ratings Table to learn which printer manufacturers have been accredited for their ethical and sustainable practices. To begin the process of Ethical Accreditation, please contact us if you have any queries or complete a simple initial ethical evaluation form.

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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