When we launched TCO Certified three decades ago the aim was to give IT users in need of better products a common voice. This strategy has challenged the industry to take responsibility not only for sales figures and product functionality, but also for social and environmental sustainability.

Over the years, the pressure from purchasers and the clear requirements of the certification have produced great results. Working conditions have improved for thousands of workers in the manufacturing industry and a variety of harmful substances have been phased out of IT products. More recent criteria updates include a circular approach, extending product life and reducing e-waste.