To ensure Solarcentury continues to build best in class solar installations the 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.  This policy defines the principles that will guide the approach to the procurement process but to ensure that the specific needs of each project are recognised the formal approval is embedded in the Contract Approval Process.

Objectives and principles

As 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.  It is incumbent on everyone within the company to comply with this policy and to report any concerns regarding possible breach or areas for improvement.  This relates to 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.  However we negotiate effectively to gain competitive benefits, improved quality, service and security of supply.  Business should be awarded to the supplier considering total acquisition cost as well as legal, H&S, environmental or other regulatory compliance requirements.

Bribery and corruption

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.  Solarcentury 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.  Furthermore it is incumbent on all employees to declare information regarding any links either professional or personal to existing or potential suppliers and contractors.  The company will assess the risk of a conflict of interest and not the employee.

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 full company statement on this can be found on the company website.

Solarcentury requires that its direct suppliers and subcontractors demonstrate that they provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and act ethically and within the law in their use of labour.  Any doubt about a supplier’s ability to conform to this policy would lead to a suspension of business activities until reviewed and cleared by the Global Operations Director.

Supplier evaluation and approval

While Solarcentury seeks to establish strategic relationships, it must remain supplier and technology agnostic until the needs of each project are properly assessed and reviewed.  This is done on a project by project basis tracking the lifecycle of the project through the various approval gates in the internal “Contract Approval Process”.


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