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Now IT purchasers can choose computer displays that meet new TCO Certified criteria for socially responsible manufacturing. TCO Development today announced the first displays to meet the latest TCO Certified sustainability certification, which includes CSR factors along with environmental and usability requirements.

Concern for ethical manufacturing in IT is growing. Considering the recent Apple / Foxxconn revelations of inadequate working conditions and subsequent social audit, TCO Development believes that this example is indicative of an industry-wide problem.
Stephen Fuller, responsible for the CSR-criteria in TCO Certified, comments: “The IT-industry needs to improve its social commitment in manufacturing. However, since introducing our CSR requirements we see a clear increase in brands engaging in CSR practices at their facilities”

Sören Enholm, CEO at TCO Development, comments further: “Private and public sector organizations want sustainable IT solutions. They need to know that the IT products they buy with environmental features don’t present a trade-off when it comes to the working conditions under which they were manufactured. We encourage all IT purchasers to make sure they are requesting TCO Certified products from their vendors”

For purchasers wanting to make sustainable IT choices, TCO Certified provides the confidence that the product model is verified by a third party. IT brands CSR actions will be verified by social audits and engagement in programs such as SA8000 and EICC.

Criteria in TCO Certified are designed to ensure that the manufacture, use and recycling of IT products is carried out with regard to environmental, social and economic considerations. The program is a useful tool for professional buyers in making sustainable IT purchasing easier.

Toward sustainable IT products

The organization behind the sustainability certification TCO Certified is TCO Development. Our vision is that all IT products should have an environmentally and socially sustainable life cycle. Science-based criteria and independent verification of compliance help us track and accelerate progress over time.