ULC Standards, an independent, not-for-profit standards development organization, announced today that it has acquired majority ownership of TerraChoice, which the company describes as a leader in environmental certification and green marketing, and manager of the EcoLogo™ Program. TerraChoice joins UL Environment as part of the Underwriters Laboratories global network providing environmental services to companies around the world. TerraChoice’s Canadian operations, office location and staff will remain in place to provide uninterrupted service to its more than 500 customers. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

The EcoLogo Program helps public and corporate purchasers, as well as consumers, find environmentally preferable products in 80 categories. Founded in 1988, the EcoLogo Program awards its mark to products that demonstrate environmental leadership within their category. As an ISO 14024 Type 1 program, EcoLogo evaluates products against scientific criteria that reflect the entire life cycle of the product. An audit process verifies that each product complies with the criteria established in EcoLogo Standards, which restrict certification to only the top 20 percent of products within a specific category. More than 7,000 EcoLogo-certified products currently are available on the market.

“For more than two decades, TerraChoice has led the development and adoption of sustainable product standards in Canada,” says UL Environment president Stephen Wenc. “By joining forces, we are enhancing our leadership in the global market for sustainable product certification and environmental claims validation. This important convergence will also streamline the process of turning environmental leadership into a competitive advantage for manufacturers and service providers.”

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