Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone is the first to achieve internationally recognized requirements for environmental design and socially responsible manufacturing. As the largest manufacturer of smartphones worldwide, Samsung is the first major brand to achieve the TCO Certified Smartphones product certification.
The new certification was launched by TCO Development, an independent organization with over twenty years experience of sustainability certifications for IT products. Criteria in TCO Certified Smartphones are developed from a life cycle perspective, including requirements for socially responsible manufacturing, health/safety and the reduction of hazardous materials. Product compliance is verified by an independent, accredited third party.
”We’re really pleased to see a smartphone available on the market that meets the requirements in TCO Certified Smartphones”, comments Sören Enholm, CEO of TCO Development
The goal of TCO Certified Smartphones is to place higher sustainability demands on smartphones and make it easier for smartphone buyers to choose sustainably designed devices.
Buyer demand for certified, responsibly manufactured devices can have a powerful effect on how smartphones are made. ”Samsung’s choosing TCO Certified Smartphones is one example of a leading worldwide brand paying close attention to what consumers want”, adds Niclas Rydell, Director of Product Certifications at TCO Development.
TCO Development is already talking with other leading smartphone brands about certifying their products. Sören Enholm comments “While it’s great to see a leading brand like Samsung choose TCO Certified, it ‘s vital that other responsible brands also certify their smartphones and do their part to advance mobile products towards a more sustainable future.
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About TCO Development
TCO Development advances sustainable IT is the organisation behind TCO Certified, the third party sustainability certification for IT products. Professional IT purchasers worldwide choose TCO Certified products as part of their sustainable IT strategy. Products achieving TCO Certified meet a broad series of criteria to ensure that manufacturing, use and recycling is carried out with consideration for environmental, social and economic responsibility. TCO Certified is available for displays, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, desktops, all-in-one PCs, projectors and headsets. TCO Development is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with regional presence in North America and Asia.