The survey shows a growing consumer demand for smartphones that are made to last, don't contain hazardous chemicals and are easily repaired and recycled.
It's a positive development to see initiatives on the market that aim to make the IT industry more sustainable. The product certification TCO Certified and the manufacturer Fairphone both offer the possibility of choosing smartphones that take social and environmental aspects into consideration. However, the report that compares Fairphone side-by-side to TCO Certified Smartphones is somewhat misleading.
The pre-testing process allows industry and our independent verification partners to test products and apply for certification in advance of the official launch, which is scheduled for November 11. This is a great opportunity for you to be among the first to certify!
More buyers of smartphones and tablets should make sure they’re asking the major device brands for devices that are sustainably sustainably designed and made. Niclas Rydell of sustainability certification organization TCO Development believes this buyer influence is critical is turning the tide of mounting environmental and social challenges associated with our increased use of mobile computing products.
Upgrading your smartphone or tablet to the latest device model is tempting; they’re typically cheaper than a computer and new features are constantly competing for our attention. Current figures show that users are switching up their mobile devices at record rates.
In June 2013, a group of organizations working with workplace environment, worker rights and environmental issues criticized Samsung’s smartphone Galaxy S4 for being certified according to TCO Certified, TCO Development’s sustainability certification. TCO Development has since completed an analysis, in accordance with the special procedure established for situations where serious critique is directed at a certified product.
An initial discussion was held today the 20th of June 2013 with health and working rights groups from USA, Europe and Asia to discuss TCO Certified in general and the certification of Samsung Galaxy S4 specifically.
TCO Development presents TCO Certified Smartphones at Asia’s largest computer exhibition – dialog with attendees shows a growing need for sustainably designed smartphones.
A group of organizations working with workplace environment, health and human rights have issued criticism that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has been certified according to the TCO Certified Smartphone sustainability certification for IT products. Among the issues in the complaint are several instances of cancer among workers at Samsung production facilities as well as Samsung having a “anti-union policy”.
This hour long webinar provides an overview of the sustainability requirements in TCO Certified Smartphones, including new criteria for socially responsible manufacturing now in effect for all TCO Certified product categories.