UL Environment, in partnership with GreenBiz Group, published Interim Sustainability Requirements under the title ULE ISR 880, its first organization-wide sustainability standard that sets requirements to evaluate the sustainability of manufacturing organizations. The document is open for public comment through April 2011. Simultaneously, UL Environment will also launch a pilot program to lay the groundwork for a certification program that evaluates corporate sustainability activities and performance to the standard being released later this year. ULE 880: Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations will be published after the public comment period ends.
- Sustainability Governance: including sustainability strategic planning, board oversight, internal stakeholder engagement, ethics policies, and creating the infrastructure and fostering the behaviors that create a culture of sustainability
- Environment: including product stewardship, sustainable resource use, environmental management systems, energy efficiency and carbon management, materials optimization, facilities and land use, habitat restoration, and waste prevention
- Work Force: including professional development, workplace integrity, employee satisfaction and retention, workplace safety, and employee health and well-being
- Customers and Suppliers: including fair marketing practices, product safety, customer support and complaint resolution, and sustainable supply chain management, monitoring and improvement
- Community Engagement and Human Rights: including community impact assessment, community investment, and human rights issues
- The opportunities for business and organizations to increase the value of their operations by being seen as operating is a sustainable manner;
- The difficult social conditions and environmental degradation facing the world, and the growing need for companies to manage these ‘externalities' directly;
- The confusion about what it means to be a sustainable business;
- The demand for standardized indicators across the spectrum of sustainability issues in recent years;
- The need for well-established procedures for the independent auditing of sustainability practices, particularly in light of increasing calls for transparency and
- integrated financial and sustainability reporting.
Download the Response Paper to Stakeholder Comments on ULE 880 here (PDF).
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