Procurement policy

To ensure that Solarcentury continues to build best in class solar installations, our sourcing of equipment, materials and services needs to properly identify and review suppliers to meet critical quality, compliance, health and safety, environmental and operational standards.

We have this policy in place which defines principles to guide the evaluation, approval and on-going review of suppliers and contractors.

Product specific conformance is driven at a project and part-specification level in line with the requirements of the individual projects and is controlled through engineering sign-off for each project.

The principles behind the policy

As a market leader in the solar sector our business principles and policies are the foundation for how we operate, maintain and improve our supply chain. How we conduct business defines us in the eyes of our people, our customers, our suppliers and our investors.

We are committed to ethical and responsible practice across all of our markets both geographically and by segment.

Solarcentury seeks to deliver sustainable solutions across our supply chain, through our approach to supplier and contractor selection. Everyone within the company is expected to comply with this policy and to report any concerns regarding possible breach or areas for improvement; both Solarcentury employees and supply chain partners alike.

Suppliers and contractors should be treated with respect and fairness and should be held to the same standards that we hold ourselves. The supply chain is an extension of Solarcentury and their performance is our performance.

Bribery, corruption and gifts

Solarcentury is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity in its business activities in the UK and overseas, in accordance with anti-bribery legislation. We will not tolerate any form of bribery by, or of, its employees, agents or consultants or any person or body acting on its behalf. Senior management is committed to implementing effective measures to prevent, monitor and eliminate bribery.

All gifts from suppliers will be included as prizes in an annual company raffle with proceeds going to SolarAid.

Modern slavery and human trafficking

This section confirms Solarcentury’s understanding of potential modern slavery and human trafficking risks related to its business activities. The process to identify and mitigate the risks within our supply chains is identified in the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement and Risk Mitigation Process. Solarcentury recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach against slavery and human trafficking and the company is committed to minimising the risk of slavery and/or human trafficking within its supply chain.

Solarcentury requires that its direct suppliers and subcontractors demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, act ethically and within the law.  Any doubt about a supplier’s ability to conform to this policy would lead to a review by the Procurement Director.

Supplier evaluation and approval

Solarcentury, through the Procurement Director and project management teams seeks to ensure ongoing quality of product and services through the formal approval and review of both new and existing suppliers and subcontractors. Suppliers are assigned categories on the company’s financial system which determines the evaluation, approval and review procedures. Suppliers or contractors that are identified as being critical to either Health and Safety or build quality are given particular focus along with suppliers of components for Solarcentury’s own products.

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