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Samsung First to Achieve Sustainability Certification for Smartphones

    Samsung First to Achieve Sustainability Certification for Smartphones

  PR Newswire

  STOCKHOLM, May 21, 2013

STOCKHOLM, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

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.

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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, responsisbly 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.

Contacts:

TCO Development

Press - Anna Pramborg +46-8-7829346 Europe-Niclas Rydell +46-8-7829271

USA - Clare Hobby +1-310-8018769

Asia - Martin Söderberg +886-2-66038802