Elevating equity with Watts of Love
12 Apr 2021

UL is on a shared mission with our customers and stakeholders to work for a safer, more secure and sustainable world. We are a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, upholding the Ten Principles of Responsible Business, and we are committed to progressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We apply our human, brand and financial capital toward positive actions that benefit our planet, its people and the prosperity of future generations.

In 2020, UL provided pro bono Certification and funding for a renewable solar-powered light developed by Watts of Love, a nonprofit organization bringing safe, clean lighting to energy-poor communities around the globe.

Watts of Love solar lights eliminate dependency on dangerous and toxic kerosene as a light source, improving the health and well-being of each recipient and their family. Every light is distributed in tandem with a financial literacy program that teaches how to convert the resulting kerosene savings into sustainable income.

With this one innovative tool, UL and Watts of Love can help protect children and adults from dangerous fires and toxic fumes, secure a safe and productive home environment, elevate equity, and reduce GHG emissions and indoor air pollution, impacting all of our targeted Sustainable Development Goals.

Aligning to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to contributing toward and aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our Corporate Sustainability efforts and our services and offerings.

In 2018, we conducted a materiality assessment to identify which of the 17 SDGs most closely align with our mission, values, business, and Corporate Sustainability objectives. This analysis resulted in the selection of these goals as our priority focus areas moving forward:

  • Goal No. 3 — Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.
  • Goal No. 11 — Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  • Goal No. 12 — Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

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