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Wednesday, November 27 2019 - 19:00
Unsafe Working Environments in the IT Industry Risk People's Health
STOCKHOLM, Nov. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Excessive working hours, forced labor and discrimination are some of the 
problems that risk workers' health in the IT industry. Achieving a more 
socially sustainable industry requires long term investments, follow-up and 
clear consequences that encourage action. 

Much of the manufacturing of IT products is carried out in low-cost, low-wage 
countries, where workers are often less protected. Supply chains are complex 
and cover several countries. It is almost impossible for a purchasing 
organization to know which factories are used to manufacture specific products. 
Specialist expertise, resources and access are needed to monitor working 

"Succeeding with sustainable procurement of IT products is a challenge. 
Independent verification of compliance is crucial for a credible result. We've 
decided to use TCO Certified, it makes the procurement process much more 
efficient and helps us set criteria in a straightforward way," says Helena 
Babelon, Head of IT Sustainability & Continuous Improvement at Electrolux Group.

The new report Impacts and Insights 2019 
[] presents a number of keys 
to solving sustainability issues in the IT industry. An independent party must 
audit factories. Effective corrective action plans must be implemented and 
followed up regularly. To avoid the recurrence of problems, root causes must be 

Sustainability work is resource-intensive and there is often a conflict of 
interest between fair working conditions and goals to minimize cost and 
time-to-market. A system of consequences is needed to ensure adequate progress.

"Real change demands engagement from the brand owner. We put pressure on the IT 
industry and can withdraw certificates and restrict factories from 
manufacturing certified products if the criteria in TCO Certified aren't 
fulfilled," says Sören Enholm, CEO at TCO Development.

About Impacts and Insights 2019 

The report Impacts and Insights 2019 from TCO Development measures the 
sustainability progress 2015-2018 among brand owners with IT products certified 
according to TCO Certified. The report covers social responsibility in final 
assembly factories, hazardous substances and conflict minerals.

About TCO Certified

With more than 25 years of experience, TCO Certified is the world-leading 
sustainability certification for IT products. Our comprehensive criteria are 
designed to drive social and environmental responsibility throughout the 
product life cycle. Covering eight product categories including displays, 
computers and mobile devices, compliance is independently verified, both pre 
and post-certification.

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Source: TCO Development