To foster an ethical political environment and address worker exploitation in the PV manufacturing industry, the European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) established a working group focused on eliminating forced labour and promoting a socially sustainable supply chain.
ESMC Working Group on Forced Labour and a Socially Sustainable Supply Chain
Social sustainability is crucial in the solar PV industry due to its far-reaching implications for both people and the planet. Fair labour conditions at every stage of the value chain, worldwide, are a cornerstone of ESMC’s efforts in this area. Ensuring equitable and safe working conditions globally not only upholds human rights but also fosters industry growth by attracting a skilled and motivated workforce. It mitigates exploitation, reduces inequality, and empowers communities.
By championing fair labour conditions, the European solar PV industry not only drives sustainable energy adoption but also sets a powerful example for responsible global commerce.
In an exclusive ESMC-member Working Group dedicated to fostering social sustainability within the solar PV supply chain, ESMC members convene to discuss these critical issues. Together, they collaboratively craft guidelines and pledge to actively combat unfair practices and exploitation while exercising meticulous due diligence throughout the value chains.
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Meanwhile, we encourage you to explore our recent initiatives and insights related to this important topic.
Latest working group publication
ESMC Position Paper against Forced Labour
ESMC has taken a clear position against forced labour in the solar PV supply chain. The position paper strongly condemns forced labour in all forms ESMC commits to work actively against it.