• 2009 - present

    – Sustainable IT. Socially responsible manufacturing.

    Organizations worldwide look to sustainability – the environmental, social and economic responsibility aspects of their operations. TCO Certified expands to require socially responsible manufacturing.

    TCO Certified

    2009 – new TCO Certified identity for all product certifications.

    TCO Development

    TCO Development – new brand


    2009 - Sustainability comes into focus as organizations worldwide increase focus on sustainability as a value generator in all aspects of their operations.

    TCO Development includes initial social responsibility requirements in 2009, making sure the manufacturing, use and recycling of IT equipment is carried out with regard to social, environmental and economic responsibility.


    TCO Certified Edge announced

    – a top tier certification recognizing best-in-class products

    Spreading the word in Times Square

    Mikael Arvanius

    A third party certification such as TCO Certified offers significant value

    Mikael Arvanius
    IT Systems Manager – Swedbank
    TCO Certified Edge

    2010 - TCO Development acquires Green IT Audit or “GITaudit”

    – a Sustainable IT measurement and tracking system for organizations wanting to reach higher sustainability goals.

    Maria Sjolund

    These days it’s the purchasers who are the driving force for Sustainable IT solutions

    Maria Sjölund
    TCO Development

    Testing and verification by independently accredited partner organizations continues to be a cornerstone of TCO Certified




    2011. InfoComm International includes TCO Certified as part of its STEP program for Sustainable AV

    Mikael Arvanius

    The wide range of criteria used by TCO Certified give valuable support in purchasing IT-equipment. We appreciate the efforts for increasingly including social aspects as well as the reliable verification procedures

    Dominik Schreiber,
    ÖkoKauf, City of Vienna

    TCO Certified products 2009-2012



    • TCO

      2012 TCO Certified Edge Headsets for Enhanced Acoustic Quality. Plantronics –first to certify.

    • TCO

      2011 – TCO Certified Tablets makes its debut

      – the first sustainability certification for tablets.

    • TCO

      2009 – TCO Certified announced for All-in-One Computers

    • TCO

      2009 – TCO Certified Projectors launched

      – the first sustainability label for projectors. Brining Sustainable AV to the AV community.

    • TCO

      TCO Certified Notebooks


    TCO Certified is found on major international IT brands.

    Child labor

    Working conditions in IT manufacturing a growing problem. Need for improvements and verification of socially responsible manufacturing conditions.

    Source: CNET, October 16, 2012

    Enhanced criteria for socially responsible manufacturing launched. Brands commit to improving working conditions in production and more transparent dialog.


    TCO Certified first eco-label to introduce social responsibility in IT manufacturing.

    2012 – Communicating the new social responsibility requirements to professional purchasers.

    2012 – TCO Development nominated as a finalist in AV Magazine’s annual AV Awards.


    2012 – Celebrating 20 years of TCO Certified.

    In 20 years, TCO Certified has achieved a lot
    – check out some of our major milestones here

    2012 – over 8700 product models certified

  • 2003 - 2008

    - Expansion – Green IT Takes Off

    "Green IT" and climate concerns come into focus for organizations wanting to take environmental responsibility, save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. TCO Certified meets demand by expanding product scope.

    TCO Certified offers multiple product certifications for the PC workspace



    1995- TCO Development opens office in Taipei

    Major expansion of accredited test lab network to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan

    Ronnie Yang

    TCO Development has managed to spread European environmental requirements world-wide, especially to the Asia Pacific region. That is an important contribution

    Ronnie Yang
    formerly of Philips

    TCO’06 Media Displays offers first certification for high performance video displays.

    Display energy consumption relative to picture quality, 1992-2007

    Source – TCO Development 2008

    2008- TCO Celebrates 15 years with a study showing a dramatic increase in picture quality coupled with a significant reduction in energy consumption for displays since TCO Certified began.

    Results – TCO Certified has…

    • Prevented release of 50 million kg of hazardous flame retardants entering the waste stream
    • Saved 25 terawatt hours of energy savings per year
    • Eliminated electrostatic fields from displays
    • Reduced electromagnetic fields by factor 10
    • Increased display picture quality 65%

    2007 – First TCO certification for headsets hits the market

    – offering office, mobile and contact center workers an environmental and ergonomic choice in phone headsets.

    Tove Engström

    TCO certified has achieved significant improvements in IT equipment that benefit the user

    Tove Engström, Astra Zeneca
  • 1999 - 2002

    - Ergonomics, Workspace Quality

    TCO’99 takes off – becomes de-facto standard for volume purchasers in many markets. Stronger requirements for ergonomics and environment. TCO Development offers guidance for establishing a user-centered IT work environment.


    1999 - TCO’99 – stronger focus on Emissions, Ecology, Ergonomics and Energy, for which TCO Certified is renown worldwide.



    TCO’99 expands into desktop and notebook computers and keyboards.


    TÜV Taiwan joins accredited test lab network

    1999 – environmental practices in manufacturing

    - TCO’99 requires all certifying manufacturers to implement an environmental management system – either EMAS or ISO 14001.

    2000 – The Första Hjälpen (or “First Aid”) program offered advice on setting up an IT workspace based on the principles of ergonomics, health & safety, productivity and environmental responsibility.

    Public sector adoption of TCO Certified in IT purchasing specifications takes off –becomes a de facto requirement for brands selling displays in Europe.

    Early 2000’s – series of workplace quality guidance tools based on principles of TCO certified, introduced in Europe.

    TCO Development advises companies on setting up ergonomically sound computer workspaces



    TCO Show Office – TCO Development opens its doors to provide inspiration.

    Early 2000s – testing of mobile phones and guidance to safer use of mobile phones to maximize usability and minimize health risks.

    2000 – joins GEN – the Global Ecolabelling Network, a worldwide network of ISO Type 1 Environmental labels dedicated to communicating the mission of third party verified certifications.

    2001 – TCO 200X, the Next Generation kicks off stakeholder wide project to develop new generation TCO Certified.

    Per Erik Boivie

    TCO Certified continues to be a driving force in Sustainable IT and is the natural choice in the selection of IT products

    Per Erik Boivie
    Boivie UtvecklingFounder, TCO Certified

    2002 – over 6500 certified product models to date

  • 1995 - 1998

    - Environment

    TCO Certified first to include combination of ergonomics, emissions, energy and ecology requirements in a single certification. Creates criteria in TCO’95 for limiting hazardous substances in IT products several years before legislation.


    1995 – TCO’95 launched as a successor to TCO’92.

    The certification expands to include criteria for ergonomic design and the environment. The combination of criteria makes TCO Certified unique. Expansion to include visual ergonomics / image quality, recycling, restrictions of hazardous substances – seven years before similar measures were included in the EU’s RoHS and WEEE directives.



    Addressing the growing e-waste problem

    Several years before hazardous materials legislation, TCO ‘95 restricted the use of heavy metals, CFCs, chlorinated and brominated flame retardants and required all plastic components to be coded for easier recycling.

    Image – howstuffworks.com

    TCO’95 introduces criteria for visual ergonomics and picture quality

    – alleviating problems of flickering screens and unstable images. Displays must pass testing for sufficient brightness and contrast between characters/ pictures and their background.

    Character contrast
    Adjustable luminance

    TCO’95 also offered an expanded product lineup – moving beyond displays to also include CPUs and keyboards.


    1995 - Nemko joins the network of accredited test labs.

    1995 – User and purchaser interest in TCO Certified grows

    TCO Developmet offers guidance on choosing TCO Certified products and how to best set up a PC workspace for comfort, usability and environmental responsibility.



    Margareta Lagrelius

    As Astra Zeneca is a global company, and TCO Certified is well known around the world, it has been a great tool to help guide our computer display purchases worldwide

    Margareta Lagrelius, Astra Zeneca

    1996 – expansion to USA – Chicago office opens.


    1996 -launch of 6E – an organizational management tool incorporating environmental management and workplace quality.



    6E widely recognized as an early leader in the concept of sustainability and its applications at the organizational level – for example in the EU and UN.


    Interest for TCO Development programs grows throughout the world.

    1998 – 3500 product models certified to date

  • 1980s - 1994

    – Health & Safety. Energy Efficiency. Emissions.

    TCO Development paves the way to deal with health concerns among computer display users. IT products contain hazardous materials, emit excessive electromagnetic fields and have no energy saving function. With criteria to reduce these hazards, TCO’92 is launched and a sustainable IT movement begins.

    Computers of the 1980s and early 1990s included several health, safety and environmental concerns

    • Light text on dark background = poor visual ergonomics
    • Brominated / chlorinated flame retardants = health / environmental hazard
    • Poor image quality
    • Lead in panel glass, batteries & solder – up to 3.5 kilos
    • End of life = landfill, export for incineration
    • Hazardous materials – mercury, cadmium, arsenic, hexavalent chromium, PBDE & PBB Flame retardants, PVC
    • High levels of electro-magnetic emissions
    • No sleep mode = high energy consumption

    1986 – “Screen checker” is published in 8 languages and provided computer users practical advice on health & safety issues associated with display use.

    1980s-early 1990s – Based on increasing health-related complaints from computer users, TCO conducts comparative tests of computer displays, measuring electro-magnetic emissions.

    1992- Intertek Sweden appointed test lab for TCO product testing.

    1992 – TCO enters into collaboration with the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, a partner in the development of TCO’92.


    1992 – TCO’92 – the first TCO certification for displays includes criteria for reduced electromagnetic fields and automatic power down.


    TCO’92, the certification that started it all.

    The first computer display certification of it’s kind introduced automatic sleep mode, electrical safety requirements and reduced electromagnetic fields for computer displays.

    Image: Per-Erik Boivie

    Launch of TCO92 at WWDU conference in Berlin, September 1992 by collaborative partners TCO, Semko, Nemko and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.

    1994, Taipei – manufacturers crowd the room at a seminar on TCO Certified.

    The Nokia 449E CRT Display – first ever TCO certified product.

    First TCO’92 certificate – awarded to Nokia Consumer Electronics for the 15 inch display model 449.

    1993 - Björn Rosengren, Chairman of TCO, presents the first TCO’92 certificate to Helge Tiainen of Nokia.

    Canada Flag

    We started including TCO’92 certification in late '93. We have included the most current certification ever since, without exception

    Ian Kirk
    Public Works and General Services, Government of Canada.
    Tomas Berns

    The strength of TCO Certified has always been it’s holistic approach to the IT product life cycle

    Tomas Berns
    Ergolab AB Usability expert
    Canada Flag

    We needed a way to show that our products were amongst the best in the world and the TCO certification helped us do that

    Ray Huang
    formerly Acer Peripherals