New Standard for Sustainable Manufacturers

Tue, 2010-09-28 11:23

Whether we realize it or not, almost everyone has seen the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) logo on everyday household items such as toasters, microwaves, or other electronics.

UL Environment, in partnership with Greener World Media, has now developed the first, organization-wide sustainability standard that will be used to assess and measure corporate policies and practices, known as the ULE 880: Standard for Sustainable Manufacturers.

ULE 880 defines core sustainability metrics for manufacturing businesses within the following five domains:

Sustainability Governance:

This is 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.


This covers an organization's environmental footprint across its policies, operations, products and services, including its resource use and emissions.


This subject deals with issues related to employee working conditions, organization culture, and effectiveness.

Customers and Suppliers:

These are 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:

This domain deals with an organization's impact on its community in the areas of social equity, ethical conduct, and human rights.

ULE is seeking participation from a broad cross-section of stakeholders affected by or interested in the implementation of this standard, including manufacturers, assessment and standards organizations, regulators, policy makers, procurement officers, sustainability professionals, the socially responsible investing community, and non-profit and for-profit sustainability interest groups.

UL Environment's Collaborative Standards Development System (CSDS), the online tool that will be used to collect stakeholder feedback in this period, will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to facilitate participants' ability to engage in the standard review process. All comments submitted through the CSDS will be visible to all participants, creating an open and transparent review process.

Those interested in participating in the open comment period should send the following information to

  • Name
  • Organization's name
  • Job Title (if applicable)
  • Mailing address
  • Phone Number
  • Email address

Account information and CSDS activation instructions will be provided when your account has been entered into CSDS.

Time will tell how each of these five core areas of the ULE 880: Standard for Sustainable Manufacturers are broken out and evolve over time. It will also be interesting to see how small companies and measured against the larger corporations that outsource areas of work overseas.

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