[Shanghai] LG Electronics (LG) has been honored for innovation in supply chain sustainability by the Green Electronics Council. Presented on June 8 at CES
Asia™ 2017, the Catalyst Awards seek to inspire innovation in the design, manufacture
and use of electronics to advance global sustainability.
LG’s special distinction as GEC 2017 “Catalyzing Impact at Scale” Honoree recognizes
LG OLED TVs, which created a new premium TV category with environmental sustainability
at its core. LG OLED TVs achieve significant reductions in hazardous and
raw materials content compared to conventional LCD TVs, while LG’s green product
design for recycling and supplier programs advance supply chain sustainability.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance customer value, LG strives to make products
with greener features and to reduce the environmental impact of our products throughout
their lifecycle,” said Lee Choong-hak, executive vice president of LG Electronics in
charge of corporate social responsibility initiatives. “LG OLED TVs, designed with the
environment in mind, are prime examples of this lifecycle strategy approach.” For example,
LG OLED TVs have reduced weight and use PVC-free internal cables and BFRfree
housing and parts. The emissive LG OLED panel emits light instead of a mercurycontaining
backlight lamp. Materials also are minimized to enhance recyclability.”
Nancy Gillis, CEO of the Green Electronics Council, said, “The negative environmental
and social impacts resulting from complex global supply chains are among the greatest
challenges currently facing the IT industry,” said “We congratulate LG for demonstrating
ways to address this challenge and exhibiting sustainable supply chain leadership
LG OLED TVs are optimized to minimize environmental impact and to provide high
performance and customer value with features such as perfect black and limitless contrast,
and 4K Ultra HD and high-dynamic range capabilities. LG quantifies and analyzes
the environmental impact of products at every stage of their lifecycle; implements its
strategic framework for products with greener features, which takes into account three
core factors of human, energy and resources; and drives R&D based on these factors.
What’s more, the company’s comprehensive supply chain sustainability management
program helps suppliers improve their environmental performance by transferring LG’s
green technologies and related knowhow. The program helps LG promote suppliers’
competitiveness in sustainability management and identify supply chain risks and address
global regulatory requirements.
In addition to being named 2017 GEC Catalyzing Impact at Scale Honoree, LG supply
chain sustainability has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
with the top-level Gold Tier Award in the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management
Electronics Challenge and by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries with the ISRI
Design for Recycling award for advanced new television products (LG OLED and LED
4K Ultra HD TVs) that emphasize recycling during every lifecycle phase.
The Green Electronics Council Catalyst Awards seek to inspire innovation in the design,
manufacture and use of electronics to advance sustainability. By recognizing transformative
yet scalable advances, the GEC highlights innovative best practices throughout the
supply chain that move society closer to a world in which only sustainable electronics
are designed, manufactured, purchased and processed at the end of their useful life.