UL Announces New Initiative to Increase Supply Chain Transparency for Purchasers
To continue addressing the need for transparency in the supply chain, UL is adding a new feature to the SPOT database that will help users identify products made by manufacturers that have policies in place to protect against human rights abuses in their supply chain.
The new information is collected on a voluntary basis and will provide an added level of transparency into the overall societal impacts of manufacturing that product – information that has long been missing from traditional green product software tools and search engines.
Increasingly, transparency efforts have become an important part of the U.S. federal government’s work to address human rights issues through federal procurement. Agencies such as the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) have stepped up efforts to update procurement guidance and best practices to help ensure federal contracts mitigate human-rights related supply chain risks. To assist purchasers, the GSA has developed a new Responsible Business Conduct Strategy module that provides guidance and a set of best practices for identifying and mitigating risks relating to human trafficking, forced labor, and other human rights.
To ensure the new information in SPOT is easily accessible to federal purchasers, the GSA now links UL SPOT on sftool.gov as an additional tool to help purchasers support responsible supply chains. SPOT is also now live on the Dept. of Defense’s Sustainable Procurement Program site, one of the primary resources for DOD purchasers buying sustainable products.