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Labor Practices in Your Supply Chain

Ensuring an ethical and sustainable supply chain is of paramount importance to the U.S. solar industry. Based on credible reports of human rights abuses in China, the solar industry is working to stamp out these abhorrent practices throughout its supply chain. SEIA and the industry are taking numerous steps to address these critical issues and are committed to the long-term sustainability and integrity of our supply chains.

In reviewing the submission, the following queries will be used:

  • Has your company signed the Forced Labor Prevention Pledge?
  • Which of the following practices have you implemented at your company (manufacturers)?
    • Independent, third-party audits applied to internal processes and third-party suppliers;
    • Corporate social responsibility codes of conduct;
    • Security measures to safeguard information and prevent tampering of goods;
    • Due diligence and monitoring of suppliers;
    • Compliance programs;
    • Trainings of employees; and
    • Enforcement of policies and procedures along with corrective action plans.
  • Additionally:
    • Do you follow the SEIA Traceability Protocol?
    • Do you and your suppliers have a corporate social responsibility code of conduct or policy in place? If so, can you share it?
    • Does your code of conduct address the areas covered by the International Labor Organization’s core labor standards?
    • Do you communicate your code of conduct to your suppliers?
    • What steps do you take to ensure that you and your suppliers are in compliance with U.S. laws and regulations?
    • Can you show where the product is manufactured and where the inputs come from? For example, can you explain where the module, cells, wafers, and polysilicon come from? Are they manufactured in locations where independent audits are allowed?
    • Can you provide the most recent independent audit reports regarding your claims? 
    • Who conducted the audit? Was it conducted by a qualified, independent third-party organization? 
    • Are the audits announced or unannounced? How often are audits conducted?