TCO Certified, generation 8 marks a major step toward a more sustainable life cycle for IT products. Now is your opportunity to see if the products you manufacture meet the challenge.
Following a draft and comment period during Q1-Q2, the new criteria are now published for all product categories. We’re now accepting product applications from industry in advance of the public launch of generation 8, which is scheduled for December 4 at our Sustainable IT Summit in Brussels. Watch for more information about the Summit in the coming weeks.
A new generation of TCO Certified is released every three years. We believe this ambitious development cycle is important for driving faster progress in environmental and supply chain responsibility issues.
What’s new in generation 8?
TCO Certified, generation 8 marks a major step forward, with several new and updated criteria in key areas:
1. Circularity – driving a more circular approach to IT products. This means moving away from the linear take, make, dispose model, to one where products are used longer and can also be re-used or re-manufactured, keeping materials in high value use for as long as possible. By reducing reliance on virgin materials, we can reduce toxic e-waste.
To support greater circularity we’re adding initial criteria for battery life and product durability. Taking a life cycle approach, these are a logical addition to to our criteria for responsible material recovery.
2. Supply chain responsibility and transparency – TCO Certified, generation 8 focuses on closing non-conformities in high-risk factories and verifying supply chain improvements.
New criteria include: 1. Responsible minerals extraction – beyond 3TG to include cobalt, among others. 2. Anti-corruption management system and 3. Process chemicals – protecting factory workers from exposure to hazardous chemicals in manufacturing, and identifying safer alternatives.
Dedicated page with everything you need to know about TCO Certified, generation 8.
- Overview chart of new and revised criteria
- Information on how to apply or upgrade
- Criteria and certification documents
- Technical reference chart
Be recognized among the first
TCO Certified, generation 8 will be launched publicly on December 4 at our Sustainable IT Summit.
At the Summit, we’ll be recognizing the brands with the first certified products. We invite you to be part of this opportunity to demonstrate your leadership to IT purchasers by being among the first to certify. To be eligible, all product applications must be completed and received by our certification team by latest November 20.
Look for more details about the Sustainable IT Summit over the coming weeks.
Sign up for our industry webinars
To get you started, we’re offering two informational webinars on how to apply for TCO Certified, generation 8.
- Sept 11 – Introduction to TCO Certified, generation 8 – criteria overview and how to apply
- Sept 18 – Deep dive -TCO Certified Portal. Introduction to TCO Certified Portal for certificate management
Why certify your products?
Certifying your products to TCO Certified helps you meet growing purchaser demand for IT products that are more sustainable – addressing both environmental and supply chain responsibility throughout the product life cycle.
What makes TCO Certified unique is the independent verification of product compliance, brand claims and working conditions in the supply chain. For this reason, purchasers around the world rely on TCO Certified to help them lower environmental and social risks connected to the IT products they buy.