Effects of TCO Certified in the IT product supply chain

Impacts and Insights 2019 measures sustainability progress among brand owners with IT products certified according to TCO Certified, 2015-2018.

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About the report

  • 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.

Report summary

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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