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:

  • Your organization to include and verify sustainability criteria when buying IT products.
  • Your organization 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 a platform for your organization to achieve 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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Curved displays – what you need to know

Curved displays are widely talked about as the next big thing in display and TV technology. Most major brands are now offering products featuring a curved display – whether desktop displays for work or gaming, as well as TVs and public signage products.

TCO Certified becomes part of German federal criteria for sustainable IT procurement

TCO Certified, announced a new cooperation with the Office for Procurement of the German Ministry of the Interior (Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministerium des Innern, BeschA). TCO Certified is set to become part of the newly established code of conduct, agreed to by the BeschA and the electronics industry group BITKOM, another step toward more sustainable procurement of IT products.

TCO Certified Criteria – the What, How and Why

In part 1 of the four-part series Behind TCO Certified we will look at the criteria in TCO Certified - what they are, how we develop the criteria, and why we choose the focus area that are included. TCO Certified criteria are designed as a tool for IT users, buyers and purchasers to help solve sustainability challenges connected to our manufacturing, use and end of life handling of electronics.

New TCO Certified displays and notebooks to choose from

European IT buyers now have more choices in sustainably designed and made IT products. We’re pleased to welcome two European brands – MLS and VECOM – to TCO Certified. During October both brands certified their first product models in the notebook computer and display categories.

The power of many – banking and insurance sectors join forces for Sustainable IT

15 Swedish banks and insurance companies have joined together to call for more sustainability options in the IT products they choose. The Banking and Insurance Network for Sustainable IT Purchasing plans to use their collective voice to communicate the growing demand for sustainably designed and made computer products to the IT industry.

How to create a Sustainable IT strategy that delivers results

Is your organization’s sustainable IT strategy helping you achieve the outcomes you want? Maybe you’ve just started working with sustainable IT or don't have any strategy at all! Either way, a structured plan with measurable goals is essential in helping you reach your sustainability targets with the help of IT.

2014 phase-out schedule for older versions of TCO Certified

TCO Certified criteria are typically reviewed and updated every two years. As criteria are updated, we also phase out older versions of TCO Certified. We have several criteria documents that will expire this year.

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.

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”.

Report – 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.