If you are looking to buy from a company with recognised ethics, Electrolux has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 110 companies in 38 industries that surpass their industry peers in the World’s Most Ethical Companies ranking of 2011 (in the Consumer Electronics section. They are the only domestic appliance manufacturer in the list.
According to Ethisphere, “the companies listed are rewarded for implementing business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company’s success, benefit the community, and raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry.”
I’ve no idea how many if any other white goods manufacturers applied for the ranking, but anyone interested in seeking out ethical companies may find the news interesting. Unfortunately they now only concentrate on built in appliances though.