NORTHBROOK, Ill.—Safety science and certification firm UL L.L.C. is joining the World Economic Forum to work on the development of "systemic solutions" for key global challenges.
UL, formerly known as Underwriters Laboratories, also is looking to be a "driving force behind WEF's programs," the Northbrook-based company said.
UL is joining the WEF Manufacturing and Production Platform, a group working to accelerate inclusive technology and stimulate innovation, sustainability and advances in manufacturing and production.
UL will use its knowledge in safety, science and sustainability to help reduce carbon in manufacturing and enhance resilience in supply systems and manufacturing, the company said. UL also will work on digital traceability.
UL's expertise in safety, sustainability and security will help inform World Economic Forum initiatives to shape the future of advanced manufacturing and production.
"Anticipating how advanced manufacturing technologies, innovative business models and new ecosystems are transforming business's ability to drive economic and societal impact is a challenge globally," UL CEO Jennifer Scanlon said in a statement. "UL is honored to have an active role in helping businesses boldly reimagine manufacturing in the digital era and drive the change needed to fully realize the potential of advanced manufacturing technologies."
Francisco Betti is head of advanced manufacturing and production at WEF.
"Including innovative voices, steeped in science, is essential to the work we do at the Forum. We look forward to what UL's advanced manufacturing expertise will add to our projects, dialogues and platforms," Betti said in a statement.