- Asia / Pacific
- Europe and Central Asia
- Latin America / Caribbean
- Middle East
- North America
Sectors of activity
Waste, incl. Chemicals, Public Procurement
Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment
Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical
The objective of TCO Certified is to drive progress toward a sustainable life cycle for IT products. TCO Certified is used by purchasers and industry worldwide to support more sustainable production, use and end of life handling of computers, tablets and other electronic devices. Purchasers use TCO Certified to identify products that are independently verified to meet the broad set of leadership environmental and social responsibility included in the certification.
Publishing a new generation of criteria every three years offers purchasers a way to specify relevant criteria that are driving faster progress toward the most pressing sustainability challenges related to IT products and their manufacture, including environmental risk and impacts throughout the life cycle, as well as social responsibility in the supply chain.
Complete information available at www.tcocertified.com
As collected through the One Planet Reporting
Policy instrument for SCP
Next Generation TCO Certified
Next Generation TCO Certified
Global / All regions
A new generation of TCO Certified is developed and launched every three years. This rapid development cycle allows us to drive faster change in priority areas of social and environmental responsibility. The objective with the next generation is to drive further progress in supply chain responsibility, safer chemicals and lower environmental impact of electronics.
The draft criteria will be launched in late March and will be open for stakeholders and interested parties to comment until May 31. TCO Certified is proud of offering an independent, leadership certification that provides purchasers with a tool that they can use to select more sustainable IT products and that also offers industry a platform for continuous improvement. The public launch of the next generation is scheduled for December 4, 2018. Purchasers are encouraged to review the criteria, comment and consider using it in purchasing specifications.
Impact and Results
- Purchasers will be able to set updated criteria for IT products based on the next generation TCO Certified and therefore drive the IT industry to implement sustainability improvements
- Industry will further their sustainability work, based on requirements to conform with the criteria
- Intended impact will be a higher level of social responsibility in IT manufacturing, though compliance with criteria in TCO Certified
- Better knowledge about chemical content in IT products and product that include chemicals that are independently assessed as safer
Next steps and how to get involved
The draft criteria will be published in late March,2018. These will be open for stakeholder comment. For information and regular updates, visit tcodevelopment.com