Supply Chain Management and Reporting

Mitigate risk in your manufacturing or retail organization with up-to-date regulatory data.

Get true regulatory insight into your chemical supply chain with WERCSmart’s supply chain sustainability and reporting tools. New regulations relating to safe handling, global transportation, storage, disposal, selling restrictions and point of origin (i.e., conflict minerals) are appearing at a staggering rate. Coupled with nuances in global language translation requirements, maintaining chemical regulatory and SDS compliance is becoming one of the most dynamic and challenging functions in many organizations. WERCSmart—developed to provide major corporations such as Walmart, Target and Home Depot with quick access to the most comprehensive supply chain sustainability information and regulatory compliance data—helps better enable today’s fast-paced, global trade.

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For manufacturers

Eliminate product questionnaire frustration and fatigue with UL’s Supply Chain Network.

Countless requests for product information, ranging from chemicals to finished goods, create an unreasonable demand on supplier resources and result in inaccurate or incomplete submissions to manufacturers, ultimately weakening the integrity and value of supply chain data. The current situation can result in the investment in countless man hours providing the same data in different formats, loss of business and/or lack of compliance due to the likelihood of manual errors.

UL’s Supply Chain Network provides manufacturers and their suppliers with a secure, efficient and powerful way to organize, aggregate, utilize and share supply chain data.

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For retailers

WERCSmart Retail gives retailers quick and easy access to accurate regulatory compliance and sustainability data. Thanks to a secure, intuitive supplier portal, retailers can rest assured that they have the most comprehensive, validated compliance data for products currently being sold in their stores. The system is successfully in use by major global retailers and thousands of suppliers worldwide, covering tens of thousands of different products.

Conflict Minerals

Conflict minerals carry a hidden humanitarian cost that affects a wide range of products, from toothpaste to technology. As regulatory changes and increased public scrutiny seek to eradicate the use of conflict minerals, manufacturers are facing complex challenges related to identifying, mitigating and reporting on areas of risk throughout the supply chain. The WERCSmart Platform: Conflict Minerals is a comprehensive decision-support system that enables manufacturers and retailers to collect, interpret and manage data up and down the supply chain. This scalable platform supports customer needs related to the Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. It also manages more than 450,000 product UPCs for 7,400 suppliers selling to all 25 of the largest U.S. retailers.

The system works by allowing manufacturers to gather survey responses from suppliers within the system, as a way to effectively manage information upstream and report information downstream in a consistent manner. Additionally, the WERCSmart Platform: Conflict Minerals allows customers to:

  • Distribute the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) conflict minerals questionnaire to suppliers subject to the requirements
  • Focus resources on suppliers and products that have been identified as high-risk based on survey responses and choice of smelters
  • Receive notifications from the system to pursue suppliers who haven’t provided access to requested information
  • Identify the use of conflict-free sourcing smelters
  • Report on program activity in aggregate for greater efficiency
  • Streamline and share information and reports with multiple customers

News and Resources

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Global regulatory update: What’s happening with GHS?

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Part two—Global regulatory update: What’s happening with GHS?

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SDS Authoring: FAQs about GHS labels

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