Yingli Green Energy has received the Social Accountability System SA 8000 certification for its design, manufacture, selling and supply of PV modules and systems and the manufacture of upstream products, including polysilicon, ingots, wafers and cells. The SA 8000 certification is an international standardized code of conduct designed for improving working conditions around the world.
“As a leading global PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy has long been dedicated to a vision of a world with clean, renewable energy,” said Liansheng Miao, Yingli’s chairman and chief executive officer. “In pursuing this vision we strive to create a healthy, safe and supportive working environment for all of our employees. We are very pleased to receive the SA 8000 certification, which serves as a testament to our ongoing commitment to social responsibility.”
SA 8000 contains eight key elements including health and safety, working hours, child labor, forced labor, discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining, wages, and discipline. In terms of management system requirements, the SA 8000 certification encourages managers to make sustainable systemic changes the running of their business.
The certification was created by Social Accountability International (SAI) back in 1997.