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Is TCL an ethical mobile phone brand?

TCL, a mobile phone company owned by TCL Technology Group Corporation. TCL appears on our Mobile Phones: Ethical Comparison Ratings Table, where you can compare its Ethical Score to other mobile phone brands. Unfortunately, TCL does not yet meet our Ethical Benchmark, and so is not yet eligible for Ethical Accreditation, however, we encourage all brands to apply and receive tailored advice on ESG and CSR policies to improve business ethics.

Read more about Ethical Mobile Phones and the issues of sustainability and consideration of the Environment, Animals and People in this sector.

Why does TCL receive a poor Ethical Rating from The Good Shopping Guide?

TCL’s parent company, TCL Technology Group Corporation, publishes an ESG Report, but it is not very detailed, unfortunately, on environmental issues and also lacks measurable targets.

The panel manufacturing plant of TCL came under criticism after media reports stated the factory continued to run at full capacity despite a documented coronavirus case and hundreds of employees exhibiting fever symptoms. Media reports state that despite the risk of viral spread, manufacturing workers must put in extra time and labour under strenuous conditions to keep the panel production line running. Some workers stated that the burden is double what it usually is. Unidentified frontline engineer: “We have reached both our physical and psychological limits.”

TCL does not publish a Code of Conduct, which is a document written to protect the rights of workers at all points in the supply chain.

Does TCL score well in any of our Ethical Ratings categories?

TCL has not been found to be investing in the Nuclear industry, Armaments, making Political Donations, or having any Animal Welfare criticisms levelled against them. TCL also has an ECOLOGO certification.

How could TCL improve its Ethical Rating?

TCL should improve its Code of Conduct and its Environmental Report. This kind of reporting ensures that mobile phone brands are held to account for their actions.

If your mobile phone brand values ethics and sustainability, why not check out The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Accreditation? Increase customer and investor confidence and stand out from the greenwash.

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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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