In our webinar, we present findings of a newly published report, “The State of Socially Responsible Manufacturing in the IT Industry”.
Report–TCO Development sees progress and remaining hotspots in socially responsible manufacturing among IT brands
A new report from TCO Development reveals some progress but also persistent problems among 17 major IT hardware brands working to comply with new socially responsible manufacturing requirements. The State of Socially Responsible Manufacturing in the IT Industry reviews brand efforts over a one-year period to meet new criteria in TCO Certified, the sustainability certification
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.
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.
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.
Purchasing Experts: New EU Directive allows inclusion of ILO Core Conventions in purchasing specifications
Two of Europe’s leading experts in EU-law and public sector purchasing believe that the new EU Purchasing Directive makes it easier for public sector buyers to include ILO’s Core Conventions in specifications when sourcing products and services. Peter Kunzlik, Professor of Law and expert in public purchasing at the University of East Anglia and Catherine Barnard, author and Professor of EU-law at the University of Cambridge led the discussion at a recent conference in Stockholm, Sweden.
As the mobile electronics world gathered in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, talk about the human cost of mobile technologies were glaringly absent among the thousands of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices on show by the major IT brands.
These days it's almost impossible to know which electronics products are sustainably designed and are made under conditions where workers are treated fairly. That's why there's TCO Certified.
The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 24-27, is one of the world’s most important venues for the IT and Telecom Industry. TCO Development will be on hand to discuss sustainability issues related to IT and mobile products.
In conjunction with Eco Now on October 11, TCO Development and Fairphone hosted a live webcast on how we’re working to bring about positive change in the working conditions of IT manufacturing.