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Capability: As part of its Environment Sustainability Quotient Program, Underwriters Laboratories has established a web-based tool that provides manufacturers with a preliminary analysis of their sustainability initiatives relative to the requirements of the standard UL 800: Sustainability for Manufacturing Organizations. The tool also aggregates responses from all survey respondents and provides an overall benchmark of sustainability progress to date. Based on the criteria in UL 800, the assessment tool helps a manufacturer evaluate its sustainability profile based on key indicators, such as environmental purchasing policies, greenhouse gas reduction targets, and sustainable supply chain code of conduct. The assessment tool takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes to complete, according to UL. The Sustainability Quotient Program is a system of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability initiatives of corporations. The program addresses enterprise sustainability through five domains: environment, governance, workforce, customers and suppliers, and community engagement and human rights. Companies that participate in the SQ Program may pursue certification.

Hardware: PC with Internet access.

Developer: Underwriters Laboratories, 2600 N.W. Lake Road, Camas, WA 98607-8542; 877-854-3577; 360-817-6278;

Cost: Free, at or circle 73

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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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