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Progress report: Both improvements and challenges in IT factory working conditions

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.

2017-03-06T09:58:57+00:00 28 February, 2017|Categories: News, Report|Tags: , , , |

Proposed chemical tax on electronics misses environmental target

A proposed Swedish chemical tax on electronics misses the mark on the environment, by instead focusing on revenue generation. The tax is only aimed at substances whose negative effects are already known, while giving a pass to untested substitutes that can pose even greater health and environmental risk.

2017-03-06T09:58:59+00:00 23 September, 2016|Categories: News, Pressrelease|Tags: , , |

The list of flame retardants accepted under TCO Certified is growing

Harmful halogenated flame retardants have been mostly phased out of products certified to TCO Certified. However, they have often been replaced with potentially harmful non-halogenated flame retardants where little information about their safety is available. For the new generation TCO Certified, we only accept non-halogenated flame retardants that have been reviewed using GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals.

2017-03-06T09:59:06+00:00 16 February, 2016|Categories: News, Pressrelease|Tags: , , , |

Chemical tax on products misses the mark

Economic measures are an effective way to drive change, for example reducing the content of hazardous substances in our products and environment. Sweden’s government is currently considering a proposal to introduce a tax on certain consumer products, including electronics, that contain potentially hazardous chemicals.

2015-08-28T10:31:14+00:00 28 August, 2015|Categories: News, Opinion|Tags: , |

A new approach to the phase-out of hazardous substances

One of the major changes proposed in the new generation TCO Certified is a fresh approach to reducing hazardous substance content in computers, displays and other electronic devices. Moving away from focusing on banned substances alone, the draft proposes the addition of an Accepted Substances List, specifying substances that have been evaluated and declared as safer alternatives.

2017-03-06T09:59:12+00:00 1 June, 2015|Categories: Development projects, News|Tags: , , |