Step-by-step guide for purchasers2018-09-12T10:10:29+00:00
– Step-by-step guide for purchasers

Guide to sustainable IT purchasing with TCO Certified

Do you need help getting started with your sustainable procurement strategy? Follow our guide for practical tips along the way.

Step 1 — before writing the contract

SET YOUR GOALS
Make sure that your organization’s sustainability targets cover purchasing and specifically IT products.
INVOLVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE
Include team members with sustainability expertise in the procurement process to ensure that these aspects are considered before, during and after contracting.
INFORM YOUR VENDORS
Tell your vendors early that you intend to specify the latest generation of TCO Certified in your contract terms. This will give IT brand companies time to certify the product models you need.

Step 2 — contracting phase

MAKE IT CLEAR
Make your sustainability focus clear for vendors by including it in the contract name, eg: “Procurement of more sustainable notebooks”.
REQUEST CERTIFICATE AS PROOF
Include the latest generation of TCO Certified for the product category you want to procure in your contracts and request a valid certificate as proof of compliance.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
Don’t equate TCO Certified with other certifications or labels. Otherwise, you risk receiving products that don’t meet the breadth of social and environmental criteria unique to TCO Certified, and that are not independently verified.
ALLOW TIME TO APPLY FOR CERTIFICATE
In case your preferred models are not yet certified, give your vendor a qualification period (e.g. 6 months) to apply for TCO Certified for those products.

Step 3 — when the contract is signed

RAISE INTERNAL AWARENESS
Make sure that management and co-workers are aware of the social and environmental risks connected to IT products and how sustainable procurement using TCO Certified helps you reach organizational, national and global sustainability goals.
STAY TRUE TO YOUR STRATEGY
All who purchase IT products need to be aware of the sustainable purchasing program goals and choose certified products when ordering off that contract. Product models may be updated during the contract period and you need to make sure that the replacement product is also certified.
UNDERSTAND THE BENEFITS
Raise internal awareness of how your organization takes responsibility for sustainability issues by using TCO Certified. It is important that they understand the benefits of comprehensive life cycle criteria that drive sustainability and are independently verified, and also how purchasing more sustainable products can be used in sustainability reporting.

Talk about it!

Choosing to buy certified, more sustainable products is something to be proud of. By communicating it internally and externally, it can help build your organization’s brand among employees and external stakeholders. Check our Style Guide for tips on how to use the TCO Certified brand in your communications.

More guidance available here!

Find practical tips in our guide: Sustainable IT Purchasing with TCO Certified.

Need help getting started?

Contact us if you want help with sustainable procurement of IT products.

More guidance available here!

Find practical tips in our guide: Sustainable IT Purchasing with TCO Certified.
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Need help getting started?

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TCO Certified makes sustainable procurement easier

IT products are connected to many social and environmental risks throughout the life cycle. Including TCO Certified in your purchasing contracts is an effective way of challenging the IT industry and, at the same time, positioning your organization as a sustainability leader.

Many products are already certified

Our Product Finder presents an updated list and you can search by category, brand or product name. Product finder is updated as soon as a new model is certified. If you can’t find a product that a brand owner claims is certified, let us know!

View the complete criteria

You can view the detailed criteria in TCO Certified, download criteria documents and learn more about our verification processes by visiting our certification documents page.