At SunPower, we are committed to ensuring our global supply chain is free from the use of forced labor.
SunPower prohibits the practice of forced, bonded, indentured or child labor, or any exploitative labor practices throughout our workforce, and we demand the same from our suppliers and business partners.
To support our commitment to eliminating human trafficking and slavery in our solar supply chain, SunPower has adopted the following measures:
Supplier Certification: All direct suppliers abide by SunPower's Supplier Sustainability Guidelines which follow Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Solar Commitment and verify they are not engaged, directly or indirectly, in human trafficking or slavery. Violation of SunPower's standards regarding human trafficking and slavery will result in immediate termination.
Supply Chain Risk Assessment: SunPower conducts an annual risk assessment of its supply chain and retains the right to conduct audits of suppliers to evaluate each supplier's compliance with SunPower's standards. Additionally, SunPower has adopted many of the principles set forth in SEIA's Solar Supply Chain Traceability Protocol designed to help solar companies ensure transparency in their supply chains and meet compliance obligations. As part of our continuous improvement efforts, SunPower is implementing an enhanced vendor due diligence program to ensure vendor compliance across the business.
Training: SunPower offers training to its employees and suppliers on human rights that help identify, mitigate, and report on human trafficking and slavery.
Monitoring and working closely with government entities: The United States has taken action in response to allegations of state-sponsored forced labor in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China (Xinjiang). As the situation continues to evolve, our team is working actively with other stakeholders, including our industry partners, the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Labor to proactively address forced labor concerns with a focus on ongoing education and transparency. SunPower looks forward to collaborating with government leaders to implement best practices in ensuring solar supply chain remains free of forced labor.
A Deeper Look at Our Supply Chain
SunPower sources our premium Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar panels from Maxeon. The polysilicon and wafers in Maxeon's IBC solar panels are exclusively sourced from American and European manufacturers and, to our knowledge, none are sourced in regions identified by indicators of, or as high risk with respect to, forced labor. Maxeon converts these wafers to solar cells at Maxeon's facilities in Malaysia and the Philippines, and these are assembled into panels at Maxeon's facilities in Ensenada and Mexicali, Mexico.
We implore our industry peers to stand up against forced labor practices. It is imperative that we stand together in firm opposition to the use of forced labor practices within the solar supply chain and proactively commit to ensuring that solar continues to positively impact the planet – in more than one way. With these measures, we continue to improve our visibility and transparency in our own supply chain and encourage others to join us in the fight against forced labor.