Happy New Year from TCO Development!
2014 was in many ways a breakthrough year for sustainable IT. Buyers became even more committed to making sustainable IT product choices and we have seen an improved, more purposeful dialog between IT purchasers and industry. More contracts are also reflecting how an organization’s choice of computers and other electronics can contribute to sustainable development, both before, during and after the purchase is made.
In 215, we at At TCO Development invite you- buyers, users and industry alike – to join us by renewing your commitment to solving sustainability challenges that are connected to our manufacture, use and end of life handling of IT products.
We will also be launching a new generation of TCO Certified and encourage you to participate in the criteria development process.
Together, we made a difference in 2014. Here are some highlights.
In 2014 the EU launched a new Directive on Public Purchasing. The new Directive, to be implemented by all member states, makes it easier for purchasers to include environmental and social criteria in purchasing contracts.
2014 saw Germany highly engaged in the issue of including socially responsible manufacturing criteria in IT hardware contracts. As a result, TCO Certified, and therefore ILO’s Core Conventions, are now included in Germany’s federal guidelines for IT purchasing.
In 2014 we published a report with findings from 17 brands working with our new criteria for socially responsible manufacturing.
What’s next? 2015 will see the launch of a New Generation TCO Certified and we invite you to join the stakeholder conversation as we update and enhance criteria in the program.