Who is UL?
UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for more than 120 years. Its nearly 11,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people via two distinct entities: Underwriters Laboratories Inc, a 501(c) 3 public charity, and UL LLC.
UL applies safety science through research, education and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with academia, businesses, manufacturers, and government agencies on a global basis to bring solutions for evolving complex needs.
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Working for a Safer World
Our mission is at the core of everything we do. We conscientiously advance safety science through careful research and investigation, applying our efforts to prevent or reduce loss of life and property and to promote safe living and working environments for all people.
Why Road Safety in India?
Did you know…?
•Around the world, road traffic accidents cause 1.3 million deaths and 20-50 million injuries each year1.
•India accounts for about 10% of road crash fatalities worldwide. In terms of absolute numbers more people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else in the world, including the more populous China2.
•15 people die in road accidents every hour in India2.
•Road traffic injuries in India are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15–291.
1. Youth for Road Safety YOURS (2012). Youth for Road Safety Action Kit. Retrieved from www.youthforroadsafety.org/activities/capacity_development/publications.
2. WHO road safety country status India profile http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2013/country_profiles/india.pdf?ua=1.
3. Accidental Deaths and Suicides 2014, National Crime Records Bureau http://ncrb.nic.in/StatPublications/ADSI/ADSI2014/ADSI2014.asp.
Age Profile of Road
53.8% of road accident victims fall under the productive age group of 15-34 years, largely affecting the growth of the country.
As per the Planning Commission of India, India suffers an estimated annual GDP loss of 3% due to Road Accidents.
What is UL doing about Road Safety in India?
UL has partnered with Youth Service America (YSA) to engage Youth and Teachers in India to develop awareness amongst students through executing road safety projects that will be led by students under supervision of teachers. YSA is a nonprofit organization, based out of the US leading the youth service movement, dedicated to creating a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. UL and YSA have developed a youth engagement campaign to challenge kids to solve local issues related to road safety. In 2015, through fellowship and classroom programs, young students have been able to conduct over 320 road safety audits and influence local government and media and raise awareness.
In the inaugural year, UL, YSA and 47 local NGOs were able to reach over 43,000 people in Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and New Delhi. In 2016, UL and YSA are continuing this campaign in the same 4 cities and introducing a fifth city – Ahmedabad!. challenge kids to solve local issues related to road safety. In 2015, through fellowship and classroom programs, young students have been able to conduct over 320 road safety audits and influence local government and media and raise awareness. In the inaugural year, UL, YSA and 47 local NGOs were able to reach over 43,000 people in Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai and New Delhi. In 2016, UL and YSA are continuing this campaign in the same 4 cities and introducing a fifth city – Ahmedabad! Stay up-to-date on all Safer Roads Safer India initiatives here.
UL has been active in the road safety community in India since 2013, working to understand the landscape, the players and the issues, and to explore collaborative solutions to this complex problem. We invite the youth of India to join us in our Safer Roads Safer India Mission. For more information on how you can join the movement, please contact TeamEducation@ul.com.