and Human Rights
LABOR AND HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY
Belinus has always taken a strong stand on protecting the labor and human rights of everyone involved in the organization and affirms that all of its suppliers are in due and strict compliance with all the relevant laws and industry best practices.
Belinus re-emphasized its complete dedication to manufacturing products that are characteristically as clean as the energy they produce. Belinus collaborates with suppliers to ascertain that the supply chain is perfectly in tandem with all laws and international best practices in regards to all Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) activities, as well as forced labor.
“Achieving the excellent standards we strive to attain demands that we handle every component included in our solar modules; ranging from raw materials to human capital with utmost care.”
Francis Rome, Chairman of the Board, Belinus
Belinus’ Labor and Human Rights Policy stands tall as a paragon in the industry establishing clear expectations for employees, suppliers, and other business partners in terms of human rights and labor. The policy created is in total compliance, agreement, and accordance with the global human rights best practices, and criteria such as the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the UN Global Compact (UNGC).
The United Nations Global Compact stays as the largest corporate sustainability program in the globe, requiring signatories to agree to all humanist values, including labor rights, environmental and anti-corruption concerns, and societal aims.
Belinus' policy, in particular, outlaws harsh treatment of workers and any form of conscripted or coerced labor, and rejects restrictions on free speech, expression, thought, awareness, and religion, as well as other human rights provisions by its employees and supply chain partners.
What does our supply chain look like?
Solar panel manufacturing is a complicated process that involves numerous material and labor providers. The work entails not only production, but also logistics, services, and a well-established supply chain of goods and materials for solar panels and related items.
How We Assess Our Supply Chain
Belinus views its supply chain partners as an outgrowth of the company and evaluates their performance regularly. Belinus requires all material suppliers to demonstrate their commitment to the company's Global Human Rights Policy and to attend annual supplier training. Non-attendance is intolerable and never an option, and providers that fail to show up may have their contracts revoked.
Suppliers must recognize their duty to follow our Human Rights Policy and Code of Conduct in their Master Service Agreements and Belinus' Supplier Sustainability Guidelines. Suppliers must keep track of all information relevant to their human rights compliance and give updates and yearly assessments upon request.
Belinus also actively attempts to defend its workers' rights by putting our Human Rights Policy in local languages throughout our facilities and supplier sites, as well as widely publicizing the company's Compliance and Ethics Helpline.
Recognizing the complexities of the solar supply chain, the firm recently launched a new initiative with our suppliers to track the traceability of its raw materials.
How are we doing?
Human rights violations are treated as a breach of contract at Belinus. In the stakeholder letter, it is stated:
"Any alleged violations of our Labor and Human Rights Policy are taken seriously by us, and any infractions will result in termination."
When problems have occurred in the past, we have conducted a formal inquiry and terminated vendors. There are currently no examples of non-compliance with human rights and fair labor problems, either within our internal operations or within our supply chain.
We continue to monitor existing and new rules as well as industry best practices, in addition to having a zero-tolerance stance for any abuses of human and labor rights. As circumstances dictate, we will continue to improve our internal policies and procedures and engage with suppliers to guarantee continuous compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and best practices.
If any future high-risk countries get discovered, we will invest our efforts across our value chain to reduce risks to a bare minimum using our multi-step risk management approach and, if necessary, engage professionals, both internally and externally, to assist in risk control actions.
All the employees, contractors, and suppliers here at Belinus are all encouraged to collaboratively join the fight for human rights and against their violation. A Compliance and Ethics Helpline is available 24/7 for all stakeholders both internal and external to anonymously report any of their concerns or infractions.