The ongoing sustainability debate engages stakeholders from all over the world. At TCO Development, we continue to commit to driving a more sustainable future for IT products by actively participating in the global discussion
Two and a half billion people use smartphones daily. Did you know that smartphones are connected to conflicts and violence because of minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold? These minerals are often called conflict minerals since they are mined in conflict-affected areas where human rights abuses are common.
2.5 billion people are smartphone users today. Still, smartphones are lagging behind computers in terms of sustainability. Why, and how can this be addressed? Join us on March 21 for a learning webinar where we’ll discuss the current status of sustainability for smartphones. We will cover social and environmental sustainability issues throughout the product life cycle.
This year, we’re launching the Next Generation TCO Certified. Beginning in late March, we’ll be releasing draft versions of new and updated criteria. TCO Certified is developed continually in an open process, including dialog with multiple stakeholders, resulting in a new generation every three years.
The survey shows a growing consumer demand for smartphones that are made to last, don't contain hazardous chemicals and are easily repaired and recycled.
It's a positive development to see initiatives on the market that aim to make the IT industry more sustainable. The product certification TCO Certified and the manufacturer Fairphone both offer the possibility of choosing smartphones that take social and environmental aspects into consideration. However, the report that compares Fairphone side-by-side to TCO Certified Smartphones is somewhat misleading.
More buyers of smartphones and tablets should make sure they’re asking the major device brands for devices that are sustainably sustainably designed and made. Niclas Rydell of sustainability certification organization TCO Development believes this buyer influence is critical is turning the tide of mounting environmental and social challenges associated with our increased use of mobile computing products.
Upgrading your smartphone or tablet to the latest device model is tempting; they’re typically cheaper than a computer and new features are constantly competing for our attention. Current figures show that users are switching up their mobile devices at record rates.
TCO Development presents TCO Certified Smartphones at Asia’s largest computer exhibition – dialog with attendees shows a growing need for sustainably designed smartphones.
Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone is the first to achieve internationally recognized requirements for environmental design and socially responsible manufacturing. As the largest manufacturer of smartphones worldwide, Samsung is the first major brand to achieve the TCO Certified Smartphones product certification.