Electrolux Home Products
Household appliances
Electolux, the world's largest household appliance manufacturer, bought Australian company Simpson in 2001. Electrolux operates 4 manufacturing plants in Adelaide and one each in Sydney and Christchurch (NZ). Some products are imported from overseas. Brands include Westinghouse, Simpson, Hoover, Electrolux, Chef, Dishlex and Kelvinator.

Overall

Owned SWE
Rating C
About the Ratings

Company Ownership

Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd
AUS
Electrolux AB
owns 100% of Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd
SWE
Household appliances manufacturer
Second largest household appliance maker in the world (after Whirlpool). Brands include Electrolux, AEG, Zanussi, Eureka, Frigidaire and Westinghouse.

Company Assessment

Electrolux Home Products Pty Ltd
Praise
This company received a packaging performance level of 3 (Advanced) in its 2024 APCO Annual Report. Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not-for-profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. Each year, APCO Members are required to submit an APCO Annual Report and Action Plan, which includes an overall performance level from 1 (Getting Started) to 5 (Beyond Best Practice).
Source: APCO (2024)
Information
This company has supported a number of community groups and charities. Currently their major charitable focus is the Children's Cancer Institute Australia.
Electrolux AB
Praise
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change score of A.
Source: CDP (2023)
In 2023, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources. Responding companies are scored on six key metrics: transparency; governance & strategy; measuring & monitoring; risk assessment; targets & goals; and value chain engagement. This company received a CDP Water Security score of A-.
Source: CDP (2023)
This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 69/100 in the Household Durables category of the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices (last updated 16 Dec 2022). The rankings are based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.
World's Most Sustainable Companies of 2024 by TIME and Statista recognises the Top 500 most sustainable companies in the world. From a selection of 5,000 of the world's largest companies, non-sustainable businesses were excluded, and the remaining companies were rated on Commitment & Ratings, Reporting & Transparency, and Environmental & Social Stewardship. This company received a total score of 71/100, ranking 89th overall.
Source: TIME (2024)
Criticism
The Chinese government has facilitated the mass transfer of Uyghur and other ethnic minority citizens from the far west region of Xinjiang to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including brands owned by this company. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute's 2020 report estimates (somewhat conservatively) that more than 80,000 Uyghurs were transferred out of Xinjiang to work in factories across China between 2017 and 2019, and some of them were sent directly from detention camps.
Source: ASPI (2020)
The Green Supply Chain Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI) evaluates consumer-facing companies that have a sizeable supply chain in China. The evaluation uses government supervision data and public information to assess the environmental management of their supply chains in China. This company received a score of 13.5/100 (retrieved 24 Nov 2023).
Source: IPE (2023)
Information
In conjunction with a settlement potentially worth as much as $20 million, plaintiffs lawyers in class litigation against Electrolux over allegedly faulty ice makers have been awarded $2.75 million in fees. The matter was heard in a US District court in 2016, and was a consolidation of five separate class suits. Electrolux also settled a class action in 2014 over defective dryers, paying up to $8 million in attorneys' fees and up to $1,300 per fire.
As listed on the We Mean Business website, this company has committed to the following climate action initiatives: adopt a science-based emissions reduction target.
B- grade in the Baptist World Aid Australia's Behind the Barcode 'Ethical Electronics Guide 2016', which grades companies on their efforts to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation throughout their supply chains. Assessment criteria fall into four main categories: policies, traceability & transparency, monitoring & training and worker rights. [Listed under Information due to age of report]
This company is a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (formerly the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative), which helps companies address conflict minerals issues in their supply chains. The RMI provides information on conflict-free smelters and refiners, common tools to gather sourcing information, and forums for exchanging best practices on addressing conflict minerals. Membership is open to companies that use or transact in tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold (3TG). Founded in 2008 by members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.
Source: RMI (2019)
This company has extensive sustainability claims on its website including outcomes to date and targets to halve their CO2 Impact by 2020 (from 2005 levels).
California, the UK and Australia have all enacted legislation requiring companies operating within their borders to disclose their efforts to eradicate modern slavery from their operations and supply chains. Follow the link to see this company's disclosure statement.

Company Details

Type:
Wholly-owned subsidiary
Revenue:
827 million AUD (2018)
Employees:
980 (2018)

Contact Details

Address:
163 O'Riordan St , Mascot, NSW, 2020, Australia
Phone:
02 9317 9500
Freecall:
1300 363 640
Website:
www.electrolux.com.au

Products / Brands

Electrolux Home Products
AEG Dishwashers
AEG Fridges & Freezers
AEG Microwaves
AEG Ovens & Cooktops
AEG Washing Machines & Dryers
AEG Coffee Machines
AEG Rangehoods
Chef Ovens & Cooktops
Chef Rangehoods
Dishlex Dishwashers
Electrolux Air Purifiers
Electrolux Dishwashers
Electrolux Fridges & Freezers
Electrolux Microwaves
Electrolux Ovens & Cooktops
Electrolux Washing Machines & Dryers
Electrolux Heating & Cooling
Electrolux Vacuum Cleaners
Electrolux Rangehoods
Kelvinator Air Conditioners
Kelvinator Fridges & Freezers
Simpson Washing Machines & Dryers
Westinghouse Washing Machines & Dryers
Westinghouse Irons
Westinghouse Dishwashers
Westinghouse Fridges & Freezers
Westinghouse Microwaves
Westinghouse Ovens & Cooktops
Westinghouse Rangehoods
Westinghouse Small Kitchen Appliances