UL 880
Standard for Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations

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Edition Number:1SCC Approved:--
Edition Date:2011-11-02DOD Approved: --
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  • SCOPE

    2 The Standard

    2.1 UL 880 provides enterprise-level sustainability requirements that are applicable across sectors and national borders. It covers a full spectrum of sustainability issues – governance for sustainability, environmental performance, work force practices, customer and supply chain practices, and community engagement and human rights practices. These requirements recognize the pioneering models of voluntary sustainability reporting frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); international guidelines that address elements of organizational sustainability, such as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 26000, Guidance on Social Responsibility; and a wide range of other standards and guidelines that address specific elements of sustainability. It provides credit to companies adhering to these organizational sustainability frameworks and rewards best practices in a series of indicators that must be verified by authorized independent third-party verifiers, and certified to be included in the UL 880 organizational registry.

    2.2 Developing requirements that address an organization’s impacts across multiple sustainability-related concepts is inherently complex. Building upon the century of rigor at Underwriters Laboratories in establishing standards for product safety, the UL-GreenBiz Group team set out to create a standard that is comprehensible, capable of being consistently applied, credible, measurable and relevant to companies and their stakeholders. The result is a standard containing comprehensive corporate sustainability requirements for manufacturing organizations covering five domain topics – governance for sustainability, environment, work force, customers and suppliers, and community engagement and human rights – four categories of indicators – prerequisite, core, leadership and innovation – that are organized into four types – inventories and baselines, policies and procedures, performance, and reporting. Combined, this matrix provides a comprehensive, consistent, yet flexible framework that is applicable across diverse manufacturing organizations while helping companies who become certified under these requirements to differentiate themselves from their peers.

    2.3 While the UL 880 framework provides much-needed consistency in assessing sustainability efforts across manufacturing organizations, measuring sustainability performance is difficult. Measuring performance is challenging even in arenas outside sustainability, such as finance, where there is a well-developed history of metrics and measurement. The complexity increases when it comes to sustainability, where there is often an enormous gap in understanding how an organization’s business decisions and operations translate into positive or negative social and environmental impacts.

    2.4 With this in mind, UL 880 is designed with a process of capturing performance data and incentivizing participating organizations to set targets and have their performance against those targets verified. In this manner, it is the intent of UL 880 to encourage organizations to develop performance data and reporting, such that over time these requirements will better enable organizations to link their organizational practices and performance to environmental, social, and financial objectives pertinent to not only their organization, but to broader objectives. In other words, UL 880 seeks to build a bridge between an organization’s immediate needs with the needs of future generations.

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
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    • Transmittal
    • Table of Contents
      • Body
        • INTRODUCTION
          • 1 General
          • 2 The Standard
          • 3 Statement of Principles
          • 4 Scope and Intended Users
            • 4.1 Definition of Manufacturing and Organization Size
            • 4.2 Geographic Applicability
            • 4.3 Intended Users
          • 5 Architecture
            • 5.1 Domains
            • 5.2 Baseline Year
            • 5.3 Organizational Boundaries
            • 5.4 Indicators
            • 5.5 Weighting of Domains
          • 6 Certification Requirements
            • 6.1 Required and Optional Indicators
            • 6.2 Documentation of Achievements
            • 6.3 Frequency of Evaluation
          • 7 External References
          • 8 Glossary
            • 8.1 Acronyms
            • 8.2 Terminology
          • 8.3 Indicator Key
        • GOVERNANCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
          • 9 General
          • 10 □ Sustainability Policy (prerequisite)
          • 11 Sustainability Strategic Plan and Reporting
            • 11.1 □ Sustainability Plan
            • 11.2 □ Plan Review
            • 11.3 ○ Sustainability Reporting (core)
          • 12 □ Board Oversight
          • 13 Stakeholder Engagement
            • 13.1 □ Employee Engagement (core)
            • 13.2 □ Shareholder Engagement (core)
            • 13.3 □ External Stakeholder Engagement (core)
          • 14 Organizational Ethics
            • 14.1 □ Ethics Policies (prerequisite)
            • 14.2 ◊ Ethics Performance
            • 14.3 □ Environmental and Social Legacies (prerequisite)
            • 14.4 ○ Political Contributions Reporting
          • 15 Creating a Culture of Sustainability
            • 15.1 □ Sustainability Program Roles and Responsibilities
            • 15.2 □ Compensation Linked to Sustainability Performance
            • 15.3 □ Sustainability Training Program
        • ENVIRONMENT
          • 16 General
          • 17 Environmental Management
            • 17.1 General
            • 17.2 □ EMS (prerequisite)
            • 17.3 Δ EMAS for Enterprise-Wide or Primary Production Facility
            • 17.4 □ EMAS Audit, Verification, and Registration
          • 18 Enterprise Operations: Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management
            • 18.1 General
            • 18.2 Δ Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory: Scope 1 and Scope 2 (core)
            • 18.3 □ GHG Inventory Verification
            • 18.4 □ Energy and GHG Management Program (core)
            • 18.5 ◊ Energy and GHG Reduction Targets and Performance (core)
            • 18.6 ◊ Renewable Energy Usage
            • 18.7 □ Management and Use of Carbon Offsets
            • 18.8 ○ GHG Voluntary Public Reporting
          • 19 Enterprise Operations: Water
            • 19.1 General
            • 19.2 □ Water Use and Wastewater Policy (core)
            • 19.3 Δ Water Use Inventory
            • 19.4 □ Water and Wastewater Use Efficiency and Reductions Plan
            • 19.5 ◊ Water Use Targets and Performance
            • 19.6 ○ Water Use Reporting
          • 20 Enterprise Operations: Solid Waste Reduction
            • 20.1 General
            • 20.2 Δ Waste Inventory (core)
            • 20.3 □ Waste Reduction Management Program (core)
            • 20.4 ◊ Waste Reduction Targets and Performance (core)
            • 20.5 ○ Waste Reduction Reporting
          • 21 Transportation and Logistics
            • 21.1 General
            • 21.2 Δ Transportation and Logistics Inventory
            • 21.3 □ Transportation Strategies and Plan
            • 21.4 ◊ Transportation Efficiency Targets and Performance
          • 22 Facilities and Land Use
            • 22.1 □ Environmental Site Assessments
            • 22.2 Green Facilities
            • 22.2.2 □ Green Cleaning and Maintenance Policy
            • 22.3 Land Use and Development
            • 22.3.2 □ Sustainable Land Use Policy
            • 22.3.3 Habitat Protection and Ecosystem Services
            • 22.3.3.2 Δ Threatened Species and Ecosystem Service Inventory
            • 22.3.3.3 □ Mitigating Impacts and Enhancing Site Ecology Plan
            • 22.3.3.4 ○ Habitat and Ecosystem Conservation Report
            • 22.3.3.5 □ WRI Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR)
          • 23 Organizational Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
            • 23.1 General
            • 23.2 □ EPP Policy
            • 23.3 □ EPP Program
            • 23.4 ◊ EPP Performance
            • 23.5 ○ EPP Reporting
            • 23.6 ◊ Integration of Lifecycle Considerations in EPP
          • 24 Product Stewardship
            • 24.1 General
            • 24.2 □ Product Design – Life Cycle Program Incorporation (core)
            • 24.3 □ Life Cycle Implementation and Decision Making
            • 24.4 ◊ Life Cycle Impact Performance Improvement
            • 24.5 Δ Chemical Feedstocks Inventory
            • 24.6 ◊ Chemical Alternatives Program
            • 24.7 □ Design for Disassembly and Reprocessing
            • 24.8 ◊ Sustainable Packaging
            • 24.9 Products – End of Life Management
            • 24.9.2 □ End of Life Management Program
            • 24.9.3 ◊ End of Life Management Performance
        • WORK FORCE
          • 25 General
            • 26 □ Work Force Requirements (prerequisite)
          • 27 Positive Work Environment
            • 27.1 General
            • 27.2 □ Performance Management System (core)
            • 27.3 □ Professional Development Training Program
          • 28 Fostering Workplace Integrity
            • 28.1 General
            • 28.2 □ Diversity and Inclusion Policy (core)
            • 28.3 ◊ Diversity and Inclusion Performance
            • 28.4 ○ Diversity and Inclusion Reporting
            • 28.5 □ Addressing Employee Concerns/Whistleblower Protection (core)
            • 28.6 Employee Satisfaction and Retention
            • 28.6.2 ◊ Employee Satisfaction
            • 28.6.3 Δ Employee Retention Inventory
            • 28.6.4 □ Flexible Work Schedules
            • 28.6.5 □ Commuting Travel Policy
          • 29 Workplace Health and Safety
            • 29.1 General
            • 29.2 □ Occupational Health and Safety (prerequisite)
            • 29.3 □ Occupational Health and Safety System Audited
            • 29.4 ◊ Occupational Health and Safety Targets and Performance
            • 29.5 ○ Occupational Health and Safety Reporting
          • 30 Employee Health and wellness
            • 30.1 General
            • 30.2 □ Access to Health Care (core)
            • 30.3 □ Family-Friendly Benefits
            • 30.4 □ Wellness Program
        • CUSTOMERS AND SUPPLIERS
          • 31 General
          • 32 Fair Marketing and Communications
            • 32.1 General
            • 32.2 □ Green Claims and Truth in Advertising (prerequisite)
            • 32.3 ○ Environmental Product Declaration
          • 33 Product Safety
            • 33.1 General
            • 33.2 ○ Customer Health and Safety Reporting (core)
            • 33.3 ◊ Product Safety Performance
          • 34 Customer Support, Service and Complaint Resolution
            • 34.1 General
            • 34.2 □ Complaint Resolution and Customer Satisfaction (core)
            • 34.3 ◊ Certified to ISO 9001
          • 35 Sustainable Supply Chain
            • 35.1 General
            • 35.2 □ Sustainable Supply Chain Code of Conduct (core)
            • 35.3 □ Sustainable Supply Chain Inventory
            • 35.4 Δ Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Monitoring Plan
            • 35.5 ◊ Supply Chain Performance Improvement
            • 35.6 □ Supplier Sustainability Training Program
            • 35.7 ○ Supplier Reporting
        • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS
          • 36 General
          • 37 □ Human Rights Requirements (prerequisite)
          • 38 Δ Community Impact Assessment
          • 39 Community Alignment
            • 39.1 General
            • 39.2 □ Organization Philanthropy
            • 39.3 □ Local Employment Commitment
          • 40 Human Rights
            • 40.1 General
            • 40.2 □ Human Rights Risks Assessment (core)
            • 40.3 ○ Human Rights Reporting
          • 41 INNOVATION
            • 41.1 Innovation Recognition
    • APPENDIX A
    • APPENDIX B (Informative)
    • APPENDIX C