The BuyAware rating is divided into six main categories, each covering a section of an
electronic product's life cycle and thus includes all aspects relevant to the purchase decision.
The categories are divided into the following categories:"Climate and Energy", "Ecology",
"Conflict Minerals", "Workers' Rights", "Company Transparency" and "Product Performance“.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. In this category, the BuyAware rating takes into account the carbon footprint of the individual product and whether companies have published specific CO2 reduction targets.
Electronic equipment contains rare, sometimes toxic metals and other non-renewable resources. In addition, BuyAware also considers recycling aspects such as take-back programs and packaging.
Many of the Metals contained in electronic products are extracted from conflict regions, often under miserable circumstances. BuyAware investigates whether companies are taking on responsibility and committing themselves improve life in these regions.
Many countries in which the production sites of electronics are located do not have strict labour legislation protecting the individual worker. Companies that are committed to creating better conditions for the employees of their suppliers are rated positively in this category.
Not all companies make the same amount of information about their products, production methods, raw material sources, etc. publicly available. In our opinion, however, the consumer has the right to be informed about the background of a product. This criteria measures how much information is made publicly available by companies.
We are aware of the fact that performance aspects are a decisive factor in many buyers' purchasing decisions. As an all-in-one rating, BuyAware wants to provide consumers with reliable information in this respect as well.