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UL helps activate sustainable supply chains.

We are creating safer living and working environments with our customers—finding new and better ways to drive sustainable advantages within the global supply chain.

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Our leading auditing and advisory services include supply chain monitoring, research and program development. All of it designed to deliver the intelligence and tools businesses need to activate and advance responsible sourcing practices within the supply chain.

Drawing from extensive industry knowledge and best practices, UL delivers innovative, customized responsible sourcing solutions. Our services establish, assess, track and measure supply chain sustainability programs through six areas of UL expertise:

  • Capacity building and continuous improvement
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Extractives and raw materials sourcing
  • Risk identification and management
  • Security and brand protection
  • Social responsibility and accountability

We are accredited monitors for:

  • Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
  • International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI CARE Process)
  • Social Accountability International (SA8000)
  • Responsible Jewellry Council (RJC)
  • Fair Labor Association (FLA).

We are active in a broad range of monitoring initiatives:

  • Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
  • Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
  • Initiative Clause Sociale (ICS).

Additionally, we reference the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA) and Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) in our work.

UL’s global network of in-house researchers maintains a comprehensive library of labor and environmental laws, CRS risk indices, global minimum wage lists and best practice manuals. Our extensive research capability provides auditors with immediate access to specific laws during the audit process, informs customers with key insights and intelligence to make critical business sourcing decisions, and positions UL as a thought leader in supply chain responsibility.

We offer a wide array of classroom and e-learning opportunities for brands, retailers, suppliers and factories in multiple languages.

Areas of Focus

Capacity Building and Continuous Improvement
Capacity Building and Continuous Improvement
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Environmental Responsibility
Environmental Responsibility
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Extractives and Raw Materials Sourcing
Extractives and Raw Materials Sourcing
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Risk Identification and Management
Risk Identification and Management
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Security and Brand Protection
Security and Brand Protection
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Social Responsibility and Accountability
Social Responsibility and Accountability
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In response to persistent business-related human rights concerns, there has been a clear and growing legislative trend in the United States towards greater supply chain transparency, traceability, and disclosure requirements. The Dodd Frank Act, Section 1502 on conflict minerals, and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) on human trafficking, are...

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The United Nations’ declaration of July 30th, 2014 as the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons illustrates that human trafficking is a global problem that is far from being eradicated. Recent International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates show that around 20.9 million men, women and children are in forced labor, trafficked, held in debt...

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates “at least 12.3 million people are victims of forced labor worldwide. Of these, 9.8 million are exploited by private agents, including more than 2.4 million in forced labor as a result of human trafficking.” Growing international awareness of corporate responsibility and human rights has led intergovernmental organizations to further enhance...

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Browse pertinent UL thought leadership to help you find the research and insights that matter for your business.

Addressing Human Rights Issues in Global Supply Chains
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Conflict Minerals and the Importance of Transparency in Supply Chain Management
Conflict Minerals and the Impo...
The Product Mindset 2011
The Product Mindset 2011
The Product Mindset 2012
The Product Mindset 2012
The Product Mindset 2013
The Product Mindset 2013
Using Capacity Building to Drive Continuous Improvement in Global Supply Chains
Using Capacity Building to Dri...
Using Management Systems for Socially Responsible Practices in Supply Chains
Using Management Systems for S...

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