Environmental Responsibility Audits


UL's environmental responsibility audits enable companies to identify potential risks within their supply chain and determine root causes. UL helps businesses increase their understanding of environmental compliance issues and assess their workplaces against international standards, industry best practice and national regulations.


UL's environmental responsibility audits provide a comprehensive review of compliance with environmental laws and regulations and relevant international standards such as the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) guidelines.


UL’s Environmental Responsibility Audits Based on Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) Guidelines
As environmental and sustainability initiatives become more important to business, their stakeholders, investors, and partners need to show that they are responding to the demands of environmental protection. UL’s Environmental Responsibility Audit employs a set of step-by-step environmental management tools that help companies identify opportunities for improvement in raw material processing, manufacturing, and service facilities.

UL’s Environmental Responsibility Audit covers the following scope:

  •  Air, water and wastewater monitoring
  • Wastewater discharge and waste disposal
  • Pollution prevention
  • Chemical and other hazardous materials management
  • Land use and biodiversity
  • Emergency and accident response preparedness
  • Training breadth
  • Performance measurements and continuous improvement programs

Key insights from UL audits help businesses identify if they and their partners have sufficient processes and systems in place to manage environmental responsibility.

UL Wasterwater Onsite Assessments and Testing Based on ZDZHC Principles
To help minimize potential damage to surrounding ecosystems and communities from harmful wastewater discharge, UL offers wastewater onsite assessment and testing solutions based on the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) principles. The onsite wastewater assessment examines water use, wastewater management systems and chemicals management systems in place to identify related risks in order to mitigate and establish supply chain best practices.

UL’s wastewater testing service utilizes a methodical, scientific and facts-based approach to determine chemicals present in a company’s supply chain. The wastewater testing process uses state-of-the-art laboratories in Europe and Asia Pacific to safeguard against banned and high-risk chemicals and ensure partners comply with company requirements. UL specializes in testing for the 11 priority chemicals of concern identified by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.



Apparel, textiles, dietary supplements, electronics, electrical, food, beverages, footwear, leather goods, general consumer merchandise, furniture, candle accessories, health and beauty care, household chemicals, jewelry, watches, OTC/pharmaceuticals, premiums and promotional products, store brands/private labels, toys, nursery and children’s products


Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) Provides a global, cross-industry platform to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices in order to build comparability and transparency between existing social and environmental compliance systems
Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) Business-led initiative that provides a common code of conduct and supports efforts toward building an ethical supply chain by providing a step-by-step, development-oriented system applicable to all sectors and all sourcing countries
Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and RBA Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Program Code of conduct provides guidelines for performance and compliance with critical CSR policies; RBA provides tools to audit compliance with the code and helps companies report progress
Initiative Clause Sociale (ICS) Shared code of ethics, tools and audit protocols predominately for France-based companies
Sedex A database designed to capture audit data and allow audited sites to interact with other members of the supply chain to show updates on efforts toward corrective action
Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) A process for a common best-practice guide, audit report format and corrective action format; built around measuring compliance against the ETI Base Code
Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) Software portal for sharing data from workplace assessments and communicating corrective actions
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) Five-step certification system focused on lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world
Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) The ETI Base Code is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and is an internationally recognized code of labor practice
Social Accountability International (SAI) SA 8000 Social accountability certification standards for decent workplaces across all industrial sectors