TCO Certified, generation 8 was launched at an event in Brussels, Belgium on December 4, gathering representatives from the IT industry, purchasing organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders. Find some of the highlights here.

During the day, sustainability, procurement and IT products were discussed from different angles. Leyla Acaroglu, award-winning designer and UNEP Champion of the Earth 2006 talked about how innovation can help drive positive environmental and social change. She highlighted the opportunities of the circular economy. Sustainable procurement was discussed in a panel with representatives from ICLEI and the Dutch Ministry. Andreas Rehn and Sören Enholm from TCO Development presented the new generation of TCO Certified. The event was moderated by human rights lawyer and author Parul Sharma, who contributed with her insights on social issues and anti-corruption.

TCO Certified, generation 8, is the next step toward a sustainable life cycle for IT products. The certification encourages a circular approach to the production and consumption of IT products by demanding durable products that can be repaired, upgraded and recycled. With the new criteria and verification methods, both the IT industry and purchasing organizations around the world can take a large step forward in supply chain responsibility and make clear contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Focus areas in TCO Certified, generation 8

Voices from the launch event

“The circular economy is an amazing opportunity for many of us to transition our businesses and lifestyles so that we are living more regeneratively on this planet.” Leyla Acaroglu, keynote speaker and 2006 UNEP Champion of the Earth

“Everything is interconnected, everything is interlinked, social sustainability with environmental sustainability. So do follow the progress of generation 8 and the sustainability of IT products.” Parul Sharma, human rights lawyer and moderator of the event

“It’s really about collaboration, between industry, consumers, and public procurers.” Peter Defranceschi, Head of Brussels office, ICLEI

“Our vision is that IT products have an environmentally and socially sustainable life cycle.” Sören Enholm, CEO, TCO Development

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By including TCO Certified in procurement, purchasing organizations get access to comprehensive life cycle criteria and independent verification of compliance.

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