UL LLC, the safety consulting and certification company, has expanded its Information & Insights (I&I) services division with the acquisitions of GoodGuide, IDES, Innovadex and The Wercs.
The unit has also launched its website. According to UL, I&I was designed to address the need for more sustainable products within global supply chains. The flow of information used to identify non-sustainable materials, components or products is often limited, resulting in costly product recalls and the need to write off billions of dollars worth of unusable inventory, the company said. I&I is intended to optimize the end-to-end flow of data between key supply-chain partners, including suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. I&I aids companies in screening and eliminating materials, components and products that might cause downstream inventory risk. Through its association with parent company UL, the division offers access to expert scientists, a service network for product certifications, onsite and environmental audits, and expertise in product evaluation, testing and safety.