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:
- Kickoff: The applicant will work with UL Environment to identify the organizational boundary and type of certification: full or focused.
- 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.
UL can provide training services and initial validation services against the standard.