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Ecolabels Help Organisations Contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

October 17 was Global World Ecolabel Day, celebrating eco-labelled products and services that are independently verified to be more sustainable. Trustworthy ecolabels can help organisations make more responsible product choices, and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are designed to gather organisations from all parts of the world around shared priorities and ambitions, to be achieved by the year 2030: to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

By choosing more sustainable products, organisations can take responsibility, meet their own sustainability goals as well as contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The challenge is often how to distinguish more sustainable products from those that are simply “greenwashed”. Trustworthy ecolabels can help make responsible choices easier, leading to true environmental benefits.

TCO Certified includes criteria that are designed to contribute to meeting several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially around responsible production and consumption as well as worker rights. Using TCO Certified in IT hardware procurement helps make organisations part of the solution.

“With TCO Certified, generation 8, your organisation can actively contribute to solving a number of sustainability challenges. Our criteria focus on solutions aligned with the UN SDGs,” says Clare Hobby, Director, Purchaser  Engagement at TCO Development, the organisation behind TCO Certified.

“As a purchaser, you have a powerful voice. Making your sustainability priorities clear has a direct effect on the way industry acts and can push social and environmental responsibility in the right direction,” she adds.

Many labels and standards claim they are proof of a more sustainable product. How do you know which ones to trust? To procure more sustainably, you need to consider a number of things. Criteria should be designed around the product’s sustainability impact from a life cycle perspective. To decide whether products actually meet the set criteria, compliance must be verified by an independent party.

The Global Ecolabelling Network is a non-profit association of third-party ecolabels worldwide. These ecolabels are all Type 1 according to the ISO standard 14024, with comprehensive, life cycle criteria and independent verification of criteria compliance. All members of GEN are reviewed regularly, to make sure that they comply with the guiding principles of ISO 14024.

GEN Board Chair Björn-Erik Lönn comments:

“Developing, purchasing and using products that meet the strict requirements of an ecolabel supports the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations General Assembly, particularly Goal #12, Responsible Production and Consumption.”

“Small changes made by everyone can have a huge effect, making the much-needed bigger changes possible,” he continues.

About Global World Ecolabel Day
Global World Ecolabel Day aims to increase buyer awareness of Type 1 ecolabels. The day is coordinated by the Global Ecolabelling Network, GEN, a non-profit association of leading ecolabelling organisations worldwide. All members of GEN are reviewed regularly, to make sure that they comply with the guiding principles of ISO 14024.

About TCO Certified
With over 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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