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On a shared mission

In 2019, UL celebrated 125 years of working for a safer, more secure and sustainable world. As our work continues, we recognize that our mission to progress the safety, security and sustainability of our world is a call to all who hope to protect our planet, its people and the prosperity of future generations. In our first sustainability report, we share our story with the belief that by revealing our successes and challenges we will add insights to the collective journey toward a thriving, abundant future for all.


Jennifer F. Scanlon

I don’t believe there could be a higher purpose than endeavoring to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. In fact, our mission feels more alive and important today than ever before.

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UL has been working for a safer world since 1894. That was our founding mission 125 years ago, and that mission still excites and engages all of us. I don’t believe there could be a higher purpose than endeavoring to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. In fact, our mission feels more alive and important today than ever before. 

UL’s sustainability purpose goes beyond addressing the effects of climate change. As an independent safety science company with a 125-year legacy of proven results we must do more and demand more of ourselves than that.

We must help pave the way forward to a self-sustaining world.

Safety, security and sustainability are interconnected. They pose similar risks and opportunities. As we work for a safer world, we must also strive for a healthy planet that is sustainable in the long term and the prosperity of all people as we progress.

We are not alone in our desire to make the world a better place. This is a mission we share with all who dream of an abundant future for our children. In 2019, we became a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, joining the nearly 10,000 companies who’ve stepped up to commit to responsible business and to taking strategic action to help meet the global challenge issued by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We know that sharing our mission with our peers on this journey is an important step in building the kind of collaborative leadership that will protect our natural resources and inspire the innovations our future prosperity demands.

We are dedicated to helping shape a global culture of sustainability through:

The actions of our people. This year, our employees helped clean more than 125 streams around the globe to raise awareness about the importance of safe and accessible water for all, celebrating our 125th anniversary by making an impact on the SDGs.

Our services and offerings. We help our customers implement their visions of a sustainable world, as well, by supporting transparency in supply chains and sourcing, enabling environmental health and safety, and promoting a circular economy that replenishes and reuses the natural resources we rely on. Safety continues to be our priority through our work to support the responsible development of resilient, secure and sustainable communities.

Our own actions. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint, respecting our planet's finite resources, innovating our water and waste management, and sharing the improvements and efficiencies we discover on our journey toward making an even greater positive impact on society.

Our world continues to evolve, and we evolve with it. UL is still progressing after 125 years because our work matters. It matters to the more than 14,000 employees who fulfill our mission every day, to the customers who depend on us to test the cutting-edge technologies of our time and to the public who relies on our scientific rigor, independence and sense of civic duty. Through science, innovation and adaptation, we will continue to progress our planet, its people and prosperity.

Join us on a shared mission to work for a safer, more secure and sustainable world.

Jenny F. ScanlonJennifer Scanlon
President and CEO, UL