Beginning November 11, electronics brands and purchasers will be able to take the next step in sustainable IT. The new generation of TCO Certified has now launched and is open for brands to certify their products and for purchasers to choose products that help them reduce environmental and social risks commonly connected to IT hardware. First to certify product include displays from Eizo, Dell, Lenovo, LG and Samsung, headsets from Plantronics and a notebook from Lenovo.
‘How can each of us change the world?’ That’s the question 19 greek street seeks to answer in its usual quirky and eclectic manner with its most experimental exhibition yet, The Art of Progress. During London Design Festival 2015, the gallery will explore how we can all reconsider our consumer habits and make more ethical, sustainable choices in design, but also fashion, food, electronics and more.
When it comes to electronics, it’s not easy for professional buyers and consumers alike to know which products are designed for the environment and manufactured under fair working conditions. Poor conditions for factory workers is a widespread problem in the electronics industry and buyers want to know how they can choose products that are designed and made fairly
Following last year’s general election, Sweden’ s new government is exploring strategic ways to increase the focus on sustainability public purchasing.
Swedbank’s values-based, risk assessment approach to IT purchasing led to choice of TCO Certified as sustainability criteria in their purchase of 10 000 notebook computers.
TCO Certified, announced a new cooperation with the Office for Procurement of the German Ministry of the Interior (Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministerium des Innern, BeschA). TCO Certified is set to become part of the newly established code of conduct, agreed to by the BeschA and the electronics industry group BITKOM, another step toward more sustainable procurement of IT products.
15 Swedish banks and insurance companies have joined together to call for more sustainability options in the IT products they choose. The Banking and Insurance Network for Sustainable IT Purchasing plans to use their collective voice to communicate the growing demand for sustainably designed and made computer products to the IT industry.
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.
In a first of its kind collaboration, a group of third party environmental and sustainability certifications have joined forces to challenge the public sector to become more socially and environmentally responsible in their purchasing practices. The initiative coincides with the publication of EU’s expanded directive for public purchasing. The new directive expands opportunities to include environmental and social aspects when using public funds to buy goods and services. In EU, public purchasing accounts for around 200 billion Euro annually.
Earlier this year the EU Parliament adopted a new public procurement directive. The directive makes it easier for purchasing contracts – including those for IT products - to include requirements for social and environmental responsibility from electronics manufacturers. Member countries have until 2016 to implement the new directive.