TCO Development

TCO Development helps organizations integrate sustainable IT as part of an overall sustainability strategy. We are the organization behind the TCO Certified sustainability certification for IT products, offering businesses and organizations a way to reduce their environmental impact and improve their work environments and efficiency.

For over 20 years, our international dialog with multiple stakeholders; users, buyers, industry, independent experts, NGOs has allowed us to help drive more sustainable development in IT throughout the life cycle phases; manufacturing, use and end of life. We work internationally and are owned by TCO, a non-profit organization based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sustainable IT is defined by three elements: using IT as an aspect of a sustainability strategy, making the organization’s IT systems more sustainable, and including sustainability criteria when buying IT products.

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Buyers: Choose Sustainable IT Products

Choosing TCO Certified IT products is an easy way to make sure the IT products you buy help meet your sustainability goals.

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Manufacturers: Certify your products

Certifying your products gives you greater access to purchasing contracts and third party sustainability verification.

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TCO Development helps meet the sustainability needs of professional buyers and the IT industry; providing a way for buyers to choose sustainably designed IT products, and a platform for industry to meet the growing demand for environmental and social responsibility throughout the product life cycle. Our international sustainability certification for IT products, TCO Certified, makes it easier for buyers and industry take more social and environmental responsibility for IT products throughout the life cycle.

We can help:

  • all kinds of organizations to include and verify sustainability criteria when buying IT products.
  • work toward reduced negative social and environmental effects of IT products, during their manufacture, use and end of life.
  • IT-manufacturers to meet current and future sustainability demands.
  • provide your organization with a platform for successfully harnessing the potential to achieving concrete sustainability outcomes.
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You can make a difference

TCO Certified can lead to a more sustainable IT environment for your business.

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Buyers driving IT brands to more responsible electronics

Electronics and IT products are largely manufactured under tough working conditions in price-pressed supply chains. These pressurized conditions have led to excessive overtime, unsafe working environments and other negative outcomes for workers. As some brands show progress toward more responsible practices, it is vital that organizations buying IT products use tools such as the new EU Public Purchasing Directive to continue the drive toward more sustainable manufacturing of electronics.
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Webinar on demand: “The State of Socially Responsible Manufacturing in the IT Industry”

In our webinar, we present findings of a newly published report, “The State of Socially Responsible Manufacturing in the IT Industry”.
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The State of Socially Responsible Manufacturing in the IT Industry

Increasingly, IT-using organizations are looking for computer products that are environmentally preferable and made under socially responsible conditions. Yet, shorter product cycles and growing demand for new technologies puts increasing pressure on industry and its complex supply chain to deliver new devices faster and at a lower cost. The result is often inadequate working conditions in electronics manufacturing, including long working hours, low wages and a lack of health and safety measures. The problem is widespread and well publicized through media and NGO monitoring.
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EcoProcura 2014 – Focus on innovation in sustainability in public procurement

Every year public sector purchasers from across Europe meet at EcoProcura to focus on sustainability in public purchasing. This year’s event will focus on innovation, new legislation and creating enhanced value through sustainable purchasing practices.
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TCO Development at IFA 2014 Berlin and IFA DisplaySearch Business Conference

TCO Development will be on site at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin September 5-10 and this year we are also proud to support the 2014 IFA DisplaySearch Business Conference - Improving Today’s Displays and Creating the Next Generation of Devices.
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New EU public purchasing directive calls for more emphasis on social and environmental considerations in public contract requirements.

At the beginning of 2014 the EU Parliament adopted a new public procurement directive, making it easier for purchasing contracts – including those for IT products - to include requirements for social and environmental responsibility.
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Interview with Niclas Rydell about the sustainability certification TCO Certified

Friday 4 July the German newspaper DW (Deusche Wellen) published an interview where Niclas Rydell, Product and Certification Director at TCO Development answered questions about the sustainable IT certification TCO Certified and its benefits.
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Now you can view our webinar on recycled plastics in IT products ONLINE

In April sustainability certification TCO Certified introduced a new requirement for a minimum 85 percent recycled plastics in the TCO Certified Edge program. On June 18 we invite you to a webinar where we will present the new TCO Certified Edge program along with the advantages of recycled plastics in IT products.
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New Energy Star 6.0 for energy efficiency in computers now in effect.

On June 2, 2014 the new Energy Star 6.0 for computers for energy efficiency came into effect. Like TCO Certified, Energy Star updates requirements regularly in line with new technologies and user demands. This update will also be included in relevant TCO Certified criteria. So if you purchase a TCO Certified notebook, display, desktop or all-in-one PC you can be assured that it also is verified to meet the latest Energy Star requirements as well as all TCO Certified sustainability criteria. Buyers should make sure to request the latest version of TCO Certified in purchasing specifications.
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Public Sector: Demand for Sustainable IT leading to improved bottom line results.

The benefits of including sustainability principles in public sector IT procurement are beginning to show up in the form of better bottom line economic outcomes. Other effects are reduced environmental impact and greater respect for worker rights in IT manufacturing. They key is for procurement and IT professionals to make their demands to vendors clear, specific and verifiable.
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