The new report Impacts and Insights 2019 from TCO Development measures the sustainability progress among brand owners with IT products certified according to TCO Certified.
The measured time period is 2015-2018 and findings are based on independent factory audits at 20 final assembly factories manufacturing certified products, independent verification reports and interviews with brand owner senior management representatives.
The report covers three main areas: social responsibility in final assembly factories, hazardous substances and conflict minerals.
109 non-conformities were found in the initial factory audits. Within two years, 77% of these were eliminated.
Factory conditions have improved significantly, but excessive working hours and low wages are remaining challenges.
Factory management is working more actively to engage sub-suppliers in sustainability issues.
TCO Certified Accepted Substance List grew to include 15 flame retardants, assessed as safer alternatives.
The number of brand owners engaged in multi-stakeholder, in-region initiatives more than doubled.
The number of IT brands compliant with OECD conflict mineral due diligence guidelines grew from 43% to 61%.
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