BAODING, 03. December 2009 - Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited, one of the world's leading vertically integrated photovoltaic ("PV") product manufacturers, today announced it 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.
"As a leading global PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy has long been dedicated to a vision of a world with clean, renewable energy," said Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy. "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."
SA8000, created in 1997 by Social Accountability International (SAI), is an international standardized code of conduct for improving working conditions around the world. Based on the principles of thirteen international human rights conventions and developed through a multi-stakeholder process, SA8000 is a tool to help apply these norms to practical work-life situations. SA8000 contains eight core elements including health and safety, working hours, child labor, forced labor, discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining, wages, and discipline. The management system requirements of SA8000 move beyond a checklist approach, encouraging managers to make sustainable systemic changes in how they run their businesses.
Source: Yingli Green Energy