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Swedbank uses IT vendor dialog to further Sustainable IT agenda

When Swedish bank Swedbank was planning a large computer procurement, they decided to include TCO Certified as part of the computer specification as it met their demand for products that are designed for environmental and social responsibility. The dialog and negotiation with interested suppliers resulted in Swedbank switching to a different brand - one that shared their commitment to Sustainable IT principles. This critical dialog between buyer and vendor brought about more computers achieving TCO Certified.
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2017-03-06T09:59:36+00:00 18 February, 2013|Categories: Best Practice, News|Tags: , , |

E-Waste – hazardous to the environment – and human health!

A new study on the effects of E-waste on human health reveals serious negative outcomes for those dismantling and handling components of discarded electronics. The study, published by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, details that workers, some as young as six years of age, are routinely exposed to hazardous materials and inhalation of toxic gases through direct handling of discarded electronics. People affected by this health crisis are mostly in areas where there is little knowledge about the health risks and in many cases no basic health care or social protections.

2017-03-06T09:59:37+00:00 16 January, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Delivering sustainable public procurement and innovation – EcoProcura2012

The EcoProcura2012 is being held 19-21 september in Malmö and is conference series is the only European-wide forum to promote exchange and dialogue amongst purchasers from all levels of governments. TCO Development will be giving a workshop about social requirements in IT procurement on Friday, September 21. Book the date now. We will also arrange a workspace with sustainable IT workstations for the delegates. Facilitated by IT-recycling company Ingrego.

2017-03-06T09:59:42+00:00 15 September, 2012|Categories: Event|Tags: , |

Statement from TCO Development – Apple leaves EPEAT

The fact that Apple is leaving the EPEAT register because their products can’t be recycled in a way that is environmentally acceptable is one example. Nevertheless the IT-industry needs to take measures. To produce one computer uses about 1.500 kg of water, human rights are violated in the production, the level and handling of the world’s e-waste can’t be neglected. It is a good sign that Apple is sincere and withdraws the products from the EPEAT registration when they can’t meet the standards.

2017-03-06T09:59:43+00:00 11 July, 2012|Categories: News, Pressrelease|Tags: , , |

First IT products to meet new social responsibility requirements in TCO Certified

The first IT products to achieve the new generation TCO Certified sustainability certification are out. Focusing on environmental, social and economic responsibility, TCO Certified is the first program of it’s kind to enhance its environmental certification with requirements for corporate social responsibility – CSR - in production facilities for IT products.

2017-03-06T09:59:44+00:00 10 June, 2012|Categories: News, Pressrelease|Tags: , , , |