Criteria for socially responsible manufacturing were introduced in 2009 and developed further in 2012, 2015, 2018 and 2021. Since then, the engagement from brand owners has increased, leading to measurable, positive effects in the factories. Demand for certified products by purchasing organizations is a key factor in achieving actual improvements.
The independent verification of compliance that is included in TCO Certified is a crucial aspect in driving positive development. All identified cases of non-compliance must be corrected, which is followed up continuously. If necessary corrections are not made within a reasonable time and with satisfying results, the certificate can be withdrawn and factories may lose the right to manufacture certified products.
Read more about our impact in our latest progress report: Impacts and Insights.