In October 2018 Ethical Consumer viewed Google’s Environment Sustainability Report 2018.

The report included environmental information, and data on energy, waste, water, greenhouse gas emissions and toxics. Google was thus felt to have a reasonable understanding of its environmental impacts.

There were many targets in the report but all of them were either dated in the past, were vague and not quantified, or were for simply maintaining things at the current level.

Data for greenhouse gas emisssions for Scope 1-3 was said to be independently verified and a link was provided to a statement by Cameron Cole. However the rest of the report did not appear to be independently verified.

Overall Google received Ethical Consumer’s worst rating for environmental reporting.

Reference:

2018 report (22 October 2018)

In August 2018 Ethical Consumer searched the Google website but could find no evidence of a policy on toxic chemicals such as PVC and brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Ethical Consumer felt this was necessary as the company produced a tablet computer. As a producer of electronics Ethical Consumer believed this policy was a necessary part of the company's Corporate Social Responsibility reporting. Due to a lack of policy the company received Ethical Consumer's worst rating in this category and lost a whole mark under the Pollution and Toxics category.

Reference:

www.google.co.uk (April 2017)