Social Responsibility Advisory Services


Drawing from extensive industry knowledge and best practices, UL's social responsibility advisory services deliver innovative, effective solutions for monitoring labor and environmental practices at home and across the global supply chain.


UL guides businesses in the development or improvement of their social responsibility programs and assists with the formulation of assessment tools and protocols. Our advisory services include benchmarking and risk analysis, code of conduct development, training and education, monitoring, and program management.


With a global network of in-house researchers in over 30 countries, UL maintains comprehensive libraries of country labor profiles, annual CSR risk indices, global minimum-wage lists and best-practices manuals.

Our extensive research capability informs customers of key insights and intelligence to make critical business sourcing decisions, and positions UL as a thought leader in the supply chain responsibility space.



Apparel, textiles, dietary supplements, electronics, electrical, food, beverages, footwear, leather goods, general consumer merchandise, 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
Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability (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
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