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.
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.
Electronics Report – TCO Certified reveals both improvements and challenges in factory working conditions
In a new report, IT product certification TCO Certified reveals both progress and persistent challenges in manufacturing conditions in the electronics industry.
Representatives from TCO Development will be attending a number of events this spring. Bring your sustainable IT questions and let us know if you’ll be there
Some problems that plague IT production – like blocked fire exits or malfunctioning safety equipment – are relatively easy to solve. But the issues go much deeper. From migrant workers who have to pay for the privilege of serving as modern-day forced labor, to using student workers for menial tasks under the guise of education, to extreme overtime — the human costs of IT manufacturing can be staggering.
We will be publishing on-demand versions of the presentations from Sustainable IT Summit 2015. In part 3, Niklas Egels-Zandén take a closer look at the issue of social responsibility in the supply chain.
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.