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UL Acquires The Wercs Ltd, Expanding Supply Chain Intelligence Capabilities for Chemical Compliance and Sustainability

November 14, 2013

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Nov. 15, 2013 – UL, a world leader in advancing safety and sustainability, announced today the acquisition of The Wercs. This acquisition expands UL’s ability to deliver information and resources that enable customers to manage their complex global supply chains and make smarter decisions.

“The Wercs and UL have a shared goal – to transform the supply chain by providing better information.  The Wercs supply chain information system provides regulatory data necessary for compliance with complex regulations. It protects the confidentiality of supplier’s confidential information, while helping suppliers and their customers meet their goals of putting safer products in the marketplace,” said Sara Greenstein, president of UL Information & Insights. 

The Wercs tools and services help the top companies in the world handle, store, transport, and dispose of products safely and in compliance with global regulations, measure sustainability goals and manage reputational risk. With its proprietary, automated system, The Wercs assists in the transition to new GHS Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements. The Wercs comprehensive tools address thousands of global regulations, numerous regional requirements and are capable of producing documents in over 45 languages. 

The addition of The Wercs leverages UL’s trusted safety reputation to address the growing need for regulatory compliance and accurate measurement of sustainability initiatives, while protecting confidential information. 

“This is an exciting partnership that will have a positive impact. Our mission of providing the world-wide standard SDS authoring system and information to ensure regulatory compliance, as well as tools to measure sustainability initiatives, while protecting confidential information is enhanced and will continue,” said Lou DeSorbo, president and CEO, The Wercs. “Combining UL’s global operations and safety expertise with our industry knowledge and world class software will enable us to serve customers more effectively.”

The Wercs will continue to serve customers from its www.The website, and the team will remain at The Wercs Latham, NY headquarters.  The Wercs management team will continue to be led by Mr. DeSorbo.

About UL
UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for 120 years. Its more than 10,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit

About The Wercs
Established in 1984, The Wercs provides software tools and services to help advance the health and safety of the environment in which people work and live. Specifically the company provides global solutions in areas such as multilingual GHS compliant (M)SDS authoring, management and distribution software and services, retailer compliance, manufacturing chemical materials management and supply chain compliance and green chemistry and sustainability solutions. The company offers solutions for all companies, regardless of size and geography. For more information on The Wercs, please visit