The solar industry strives to create a sustainable product for the entire lifecycle of the product. Thus, issues such as a sustainable supply-chain, solar panel recycling, workers rights, and greenhouse gas emissions are a top priority. Therefore, the solar industry is working to assess sustainability issues, develop standards practices, and pursue industry solutions to ensure sustainable business practices.
In support of this mission, SEIA has worked with its membership and external stakeholders to develop the Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental & Social Responsibility (Solar Commitment). The Solar Commitment, which may be adopted by companies throughout the solar supply chain, is a voluntary document that is designed to evolve as the industry grows. It includes provisions regarding the environment, labor, ethics, health and safety, human rights, and management systems. The basis of the Solar Commitment is the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition's Code of Conduct, which provides "guidelines for performance and compliance with critical CSR policies." In addition, the Solar Commitment includes solar-specific provisions that address the distinct needs of the solar industry.
The Solar Commitment represents the first corporate social responsibility guide developed exclusively for, and by, the solar industry. Continued sustainability of the industry is a critical component of solar energy as a reliable, long-term energy source. As such, our Founding Participants (first-adopting companies) will establish themselves as leaders in corporate social responsibility, and will progress the responsibility and sustainability of the entire solar industry.
Founding Participants include: