UL helps companies design and implement measures to increase transparency when sourcing raw materials. Integrated with each client's sourcing practices, UL assists customers in the establishment of meaningful due diligence for extractives, wood, shrimp, fish, agriculture and other raw materials.
UL guides customers in developing policies, programs and risk mitigation strategies to create transparency and promote sustainable business practices in raw material supply chains. Our advisory services include supply chain risk identification by geography, product or commodity; program and policy development; customized research; and tailored tools and training.
UL was one of the first service providers to engage with industry associations as well as multi-stakeholder initiatives aiming to increase transparency and responsible sourcing practices in the mineral supply chain.
We continue to lead the industry in providing services within all levels of the mineral supply chain. We work directly with all touch points, including:
Our experience includes:
Standards and Policy Development:
Our Responsible Agriculture Sourcing program offers a range of services that include benchmarking and risk analysis, code of conduct development, training and education, monitoring, and program management. We have done work for the wood, sugar, tobacco, corn, tomato, nut, fruit, rubber, coffee and tea industries, and have the capabilities to expand into other agricultural products.
Benefits of UL's Responsible Agriculture Sourcing program include:
Additionally, we work with brands, retailers, wholesalers, processors and growers' associations to identify key risk areas, establish monitoring schemes and implement on-the-ground improvements within agriculture supply chains.
|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 compliance 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.|
|Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and EICC Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Program||Code of conduct provides guidelines for performance and compliance with critical CSR policies. EICC provides tools to audit compliance with the code and helps companies report progress.|
|Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (ICS)||Shared code of ethics, tools and audit protocols predominately for France-based companies.|
|Conformity Certification for the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)||Promotes responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the jewelry industry from mine to retail.|
|London Bullion Market Association (LBMA)||LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance is a requirement for all LBMA Good Delivery Refiners and focuses on conflict minerals compliance and over-all responsible gold sourcing practices.|
|Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange)||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 Organisation (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.|
|International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 Environmental Management System||Series of voluntary standards focused on environmental auditing, environmental performance evaluation, environmental labeling and life-cycle assessment.|