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Is Samsung an Ethical PCs, Laptop and Tablet brand?

Samsung, owned by Samsung Group is a South Korean brand. One of its affiliates is Samsung Electronics which produces various consumer electronics.

Unfortunately, Samsung receives a below benchmark score within the Ethical PCs, Laptops and Tablets sector and has a low placement on our Ratings Table. As a result, Samsung cannot be classed as ethical.

Despite not yet reaching our minimum ethical benchmark, we still encourage Samsung to apply for Ethical Accreditation. The Good Shopping Guide would provide Samsung with a detailed assessment and some recommendations on how it can improve its Ethical Score.

To see how other brands within the Ethical PCs, Laptops and Tablets sector rate against Samsung, visit the Ethical PCs, Laptops and Tablets Ratings Table. The Ratings Table can help you to find out more about the criteria that a brand has to reach so that it can meet our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to follow in the footsteps of our top-rated brands to introduce more ethical practices and apply for Ethical Accreditation.

What does Samsung receive a top rating for?

Under The Good Shopping Guide’s Environmental Report category, Samsung is awarded a top score.

A recent Sustainability Report is available from its website which contains details of targets. Some of the targets include renewable energy, electric vehicles and recycling. Within the report, there is also evidence of progress on previous targets which is why Samsung receives a top rating.

What does Samsung receive a bottom rating for?

Samsung unfortunately receives a bottom score for The Good Shopping Guide’s Fossil Fuels category. Samsung Engineering is involved in various fossil fuel projects. It recently won a $680 million contract from oil and gas company Shell for the construction of an onshore gas plant in Malaysia.

Samsung Engineering will carry out the project of the gas plant which will be able to process up to 800 million cubic feet of gas per day.

What can Samsung do to improve its score? 

Samsung’s below benchmark score within the Ethical PCs, Laptops and Tablets sector is the outcome of an assessment of multiple ethical criteria. If Samsung improved upon its bottom scores, including its bottom score for Fossil Fuels it could see its position rise on The Good Shopping Guide’s Rating Tables.

Even though Samsung currently has a below benchmark score, The Good Shopping Guide still encourages it to apply for Ethical Accreditation. That way we can offer it some guidance on how to improve and become one of our best tablet and laptop brands.

Would your PCs, Laptops and Tablets brand benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Visit The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables to see which other brands within the Ethical PCs, Laptops and Tablets sector have received our sustainability logo. To get find out more, contact us or fill out a rapid initial assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


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GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • 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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