06 Mar '12, 9pm

New rules for TCO eco-label set standard for IT worker conditions

New rules for TCO eco-label set standard for IT worker conditions

The "TCO Certified " label, which adorns environmentally preferable IT products, just got harder to get. To carry the label, computer and monitor manufacturers will now have to meet social requirements in their factories. The new rules, released Monday, mark the first time that the TCO label is addressing social conditions behind product manufacturing. TCO Development, the company behind the label, previously focused only on the products themselves -- the materials inside them, for example, and the amount of energy they used. Aside from meeting environmental and performance requirements, companies seeking the TCO label will also need to meet social criteria on matters like wages, work day lengths and workers' rights to organize. More than 450 products from some 70 brands currently carry the global, third-party-verified label, which launched in 1992. The standard calls for:...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/03/06/tco-sets-standard...

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