STOCKHOLM, May 21, 2013 /CNW/ -
Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone is the first to achieve internationally recognized requirements for environmental design and socially responsible manufacturing. As the largest manufacturer of
smartphones worldwide, Samsung is the first major brand to achieve the TCO Certified Smartphones product certification.
The new certification was recently launched by TCO Development, an independent organization with over twenty years experience of
sustainability certifications for IT products. Criteria in TCO Certified Smartphones are developed from a life cycle perspective, including requirements for
socially responsible manufacturing pratices, the reduction of hazardous
material content and health/safety. Compliance with all criteria is
verified by an independent, accredited third party.
"We're really pleased to see a smartphone available on the market that
meets the requirements in TCO Certified Smartphones", comments Sören
Enholm, CEO of TCO Development
The goal of TCO Certified Smartphones is to place higher sustainability
demands on smartphones and make it easier for smartphone buyers to
choose sustainably designed devices.
The fact that smartphone buyers want certified, responsibly produced
devices has a direct effect on how smartphones are manufactured. Buyers
have influence in how these products are made.
"Samsung's choosing TCO Certified Smartphones is one example of a
leading brand paying close attention to what consumers want", adds
Niclas Rydell, Director, Product Certifications at TCO Development.
TCO Development is already talking with other smartphone brands about
certifying their products. Sören Enholm comments "While we're pleased
that we have a certified product, it's vital that other responsible
brands certify their smartphones and do their part to advance mobile
products towards a more sustainable future.
Learn more about TCO Certified Smartphones
About TCO Development
TCO Development advances sustainable IT is the organisation behind TCO
Certified, the third party sustainability certification for IT
products. Professional IT purchasers worldwide choose TCO Certified
products as part of their sustainable IT strategy. Products achieving
TCO Certified meet a broad series of criteria to ensure that
manufacturing, use and recycling is carried out with consideration for
environmental, social and economic responsibility. TCO Certified is
available for displays, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, desktops,
all-in-one PCs, projectors and headsets. TCO Development is
headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with regional presence in North
America and Asia.
SOURCE: TCO Development
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