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How ethical is LG?

LG is listed in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Mobile Phones Ratings Table. In our Ethical Mobile Phones Ratings Table, the brand receives a high Good Shopping Guide Ethical Score and so passes our ethical criteria to be considered a good ethical brand, gaining some top scores in certain research criteria. We encourage other computer businesses to follow LG’s lead and create more ethical policies and processes.

More information on the necessity of ethical computers may be found in The Good Shopping Guide to Sustainable & Ethical Mobile Phones. Then, in our Ethical Mobile Phones Ratings Table compare LG to other brands.

What does LG do?

LG Corporation began in 1947 when LuckyChemical Co Ltd was established. LG Electronics was founded in 1958 under the name Goldstar. LG Electronics is a part of the LG corporation and sells a range of ethical mobile phones, laptops, and TVs as well as electric kitchen appliances such as fridge-freezers, dishwashers and washing machines.

In what areas does LG perform well? 

LG performs well in many areas of operations receiving a high rating for all of the environmental factors, with no links to any Animal Welfare critiques as well as conflict materials, political donations and a strong code of conduct. LG’s sustainability report shows evidence of its progress in specific areas such as carbon emissions, renewable energy and recycling. The report outlines many detailed targets and several LG branches are members of RMI including LG electronics, this includes a Conflict Materials Policy.

How could LG rate higher on our Ethical Mobile Phones Ratings Table

According to The Good Shopping Guide, LG is qualified for Ethical Accreditation because of its respectable score. This is reviewed by looking at the Environment, Animals, and People inside an organisation and how much the brand respects this.

Ethical Accreditation serves as a certification for businesses to prove an outstanding ethical standard and boosts consumer trust in a brand.

LG could improve its Ethical Rating score further by reevaluating its decision to partner with LIG Nex1 to produce motors for military drones. The brand also received an S&P Global ESG Score of 7/100 which evaluates the company’s sustainability practices, LG also received a low score in the Corporate Information Transparency Index these should be fixed to further increase the brand’s Good Shopping Guide score.

Why not check out The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation if you work for or with a mobile phone company that is seeking CSR advice, sustainability guidance or an ethical and environmental certification? Contact us to learn more, or complete our short form for an initial evaluation.

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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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