Our global purchasing engagement team consists of six people in various parts of the world and offers free support to organizations wanting to purchase more sustainable IT products. The team recently gathered in Stockholm, Sweden and we spoke to Clare Hobby to hear what they discussed.

Hi Clare, what’s on your agenda right now?

“There’s just so much happening in sustainable procurement right now, so it’s a really exciting time to be in that conversation, as more IT buyers are really figuring out how to use their voice and purchasing power to bring about a more sustainable IT ecosystem.

“Our job within purchaser engagement is to be a resource and support for IT purchasers as they get up to speed in what the current sustainability hot spots are and how to include those concerns as part of a sustainable procurement strategy. Some purchasers are just starting out on this journey, looking at issues like energy and what to do with end of life products, and others are really looking closely at issues like human rights in the supply chain and working conditions in the IT factories. What’s really exciting with TCO Certified, is that our criteria cover all of these aspects, and more, so it’s a comprehensive tool that buyers can use with confidence to know they’re covering the most important challenges.

“As we know, when purchasers make their voices heard, it really does have an impact. What’s key for purchasers to know is that the IT industry looks specifically for which criteria are asked for in tenders and policy. Asking specifically for TCO Certified let’s them know that these issues are important and that they need to deliver to this request.”

Clare Hobby