At the City of Vetlanda, Sweden, environmental, social and ethical criteria are an important part of our purchasing program. These priorities are reflected in our current purchasing policies. In our latest Chromebook tender, we decided to use TCO Certified to bridge the gap between our limited resources as a public entity and the expertise required to set relevant criteria and verify IT product compliance.
Our new Quick Guide - Independent Verification in TCO Certified - provides an overview of the verification systems built into TCO Certified to ensure compliance with all criteria, both pre and post certification.
For many years, we’ve been purchasing TCO Certified monitors. And now, we’ve decided that other IT equipment we purchase, such as computers, should also be certified.
On Tuesday, May 9 the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council presented TCO Development with an Outstanding Case Study Award. The case study outlined achievements in improved social responsibility in the IT manufacturing supply chain where certified products are made, making it easier for IT purchasers to make more sustainable choices.
IT brand HP has joined Dell and Lenovo in achieving the TCO Certified sustainability certification for a range of notebook computers, offering IT buyers more choices in electronics that are independently verified for social and environmental responsibility.
Our purchasing choices matter. We want products that are made responsibly and fairly. But with complex products like computers, manufactured in a global supply chain, who is actually responsible for fair factory working conditions? The factories where products are made? The brand company behind the product?
Join us on May 18 for the second of our 2017 webinars. We’ll be taking a look behind the data from our new report, Impacts and Insights.
Social responsibility is a continuing challenge in electronics manufacturing. Working hours, health & safety and forced labor are examples of industry-wide problems that make computers and other electronics a high risk product category for purchasers.
On February 28 we released our 2016 progress report on environmental and social responsibility in the IT industry. Watch our webinar and learn more.
The report, Impacts and Insights, measures the most recent effects of the latest generation TCO Certified. The criteria focus on increased brand owner responsibility for supply chain working conditions and conflict minerals initiatives along with a new approach to identifying safer flame retardant chemicals. The current generation of TCO Certified, launched in November 2015, places greater overall responsibility for product and factory compliance on brand owners.