With this in mind, we’ve implemented a systematic way of working with corrective actions and follow-up to drive faster progress. We also introduced criteria for responsible sourcing of conflict minerals and designed a whole new way of managing hazardous substances, where flame retardants must be assessed and approved as safer alternatives before they are used in certified products. In all three areas, we can conclude that accountability and transparency are key to faster, more lasting change.
Looking back at the last three years, we can clearly see that brand owners using TCO Certified have become more committed to sustainability issues and are more actively driving positive change, taking steps that directly benefit workers in all phases of the supply chain. At final assembly factories, there are fewer non-conformities, especially at shared supply sites. The paradigm around hazardous substances has changed, accelerating the shift to greater transparency and safer substitutions.