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?