Sustainable Company Certification to UL 880

UL’s enterprise-level sustainability certification program can help companies demonstrate their sustainability commitments and achievements to their stakeholders, investors, customers, and employees.

UL developed and published the UL 880 standard after a rigorous stakeholder engagement process in collaboration with the GreenBiz group. The UL 880 standard covers five domains of sustainability:

  • Sustainability Governance: how an organization leads and manages itself in relation to its stakeholders, including its employees, investors, regulatory authorities, customers, and the communities in which it operates
  • Environment: an organization’s environmental footprint across its policies, operations, products and services, including its resource use and emissions
  • Workplace: issues related to employee working conditions, organization culture, and effectiveness
  • Customers and Suppliers: issues related to an organization’s policies and practices on product safety, quality, pricing, and marketing as well as its supply chain policies and practices
  • Social and Community Engagement: an organization’s impacts on its community in the areas of social equity, ethical conduct, and human rights

The program is composed of four indicator types – inventories and baselines, policies and procedures, performance, and reporting. Indicators are further categorized into prerequisites, core indicators, and leadership indicators.

Why Seek UL 880 Certification:

  • Differentiate Your Brand: Today’s educated consumers and shareholders have become much more selective; third-party certification can help you communicate your brand as a sustainable option.
  • Position for Success: Research linking financial performance with sustainability performance is clear; companies that build sustainability into their core business operations and functions perform better.
  • Attract the Best: New employees want to work for mission-driven companies. 

The Certification Process:

Applicants must meet all prerequisites and the minimum points in core indicators to be considered eligible for certification under the standard either against specific domains – governance, environment, work force, customers & suppliers, community engagement & human rights — or against all domains.

We set out to create a standard that is comprehensible, consistently applied, credible, measurable, relevant, and for which data is obtainable. The typical path to certification follows the following steps:

  1. Kickoff: The applicant will work with UL Environment to identify the organizational boundary and type of certification: full or focused.
  2. Verification: The applicant company provides requested data and other evidence to the auditors for review. Applicant personnel will be available to support the on-site assessment interviews as needed. Auditors will complete a procedure report and submit that jointly to UL Environment and to the Applicant.
  3. Certification: UL Environment will review the agreed-upon procedures report; certify the results, delivering a certification report and certificate that authorizes the company to use the certification badge on its corporate level materials per the terms of use guidelines.

UL can provide training services and initial validation services against the standard.

UL 880 Standard