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:
- Mines and farms
- Processors, packers and smelters
- Finished goods facilities
Our experience includes:
- On-the-ground assessments of artisanal mine sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Kivu Province. Assessments were carried out under the DRC's national certification framework.
- Involvement in several mining projects since 2009 such as on-site assessments of varying scope in South Africa, Colombia and Russia (both open-pit and underground mining), and providing input for mining initiatives and standards.
- On-site assessments of tantalum and tin smelters and gold refineries as one of three worldwide approved auditors for the EICC-GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFS Program). Assessments have been completed under the CFS Program in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.
- Acknowledgment as the first accredited monitor for the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Code of Practices Certification, and the only company that has conducted RJC chain of custody certifications of gold refineries.
- Working with the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) to develop guidance and assessment tools to be used by auditors for the verification of LBMA-accredited gold refinery compliance with the LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance.
Standards and Policy Development:
- Confirming that procurement policies and supplier codes of conduct are in line with the requirements of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and are harmonized with relevant industry initiatives in the mineral supply chain.
- Testing and piloting CFS assessment protocols and tools, and continuously providing input to the EICC-GeSI group to improve assessment methodologies and work toward harmonization with upstream initiatives.
- As a member of the RJC Standards Committee, UL actively commits to promoting ethical sourcing practices in the jewelry value chain and to working with the RJC toward this objective.
- Participating in the OECD Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Process since 2010. UL was a member of the OECD Drafting Committee for the Gold Supplement to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.
- Engagement with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) on the development of the ICGLR third-party auditing mechanism.
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:
- Customized tools and program analysis
- Internal and supplier training, incorporating local laws and delivered in the local language
- The ability to fully manage the corrective action process
- A dedicated account manager to help administer the program
- Access to a secure online data portal with real-time updates on audit scheduling, audit results, progress toward corrective action and reporting
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.