Concurrent to its OHSAS 18001 and SA8000 certifications, Suntech Power Holdings has been given the Global Leader Award 2011 from Murphy&Spitz; an award that honors sustainable organizations for their environmental, health and safety (EH&S) practices. Suntech noted that it is the first global solar company to receive both the OHSAS 18001 and SA8000 certifications.
“We're grateful for confirmation from this independent third party that we're on the right track, and it increases our resolve to further raise the standard,” said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's chairman and CEO. “The solar industry is about the world using technology to provide clean, sustainable energy without sacrificing our environment. In doing so, we must be aware of our responsibilities to our staff, our community and the sustainability of our manufacturing operations.”
Murphy&Spitz honored Suntech with the award after reviewing Suntech’s EH&S management systems. Suntech’s EH&S practices were also praised in Murphy&Spitz’s recent research reported, Sustainability and Social Responsibility of the Photovoltaic Industry, which outlined worldwide solar industry standards while offering areas for improvement in sustainability practices.