DEKRA’s value-added chain is always anchored in the know-how of our experts, which is kept in line with the state of the art and the highest safety standards thanks to continuous training and development. However, the provision of our services naturally also requires the procurement of products and materials such as office supplies and test equipment. In the context of our supply chain management, we require strict compliance with minimum sustainability standards from our suppliers and their subcontractors, and we audit them for compliance. This is defined in the “Sustainability in Procurement Guideline”, the “Sustainability Supplier Code of Conduct”, and in DEKRA’s general terms and conditions of purchase. We expect our suppliers to conduct themselves responsibly from a social, economic and ethical (human rights, non-discrimination, ILO standards, safety at work, compliance), and ecological (climate protection, pollution, environmental management system) perspective.
When it comes to monitoring DEKRA suppliers, our needs- and risk-based audits play an important role. We aim to check 100 % of our suppliers with respect to sustainability. In addition, all Global Procurement employees are regularly trained on the topic of sustainability in supply chain management. Where necessary, we also encourage our suppliers to take part in any appropriate training courses, making all relevant documents available to them or offering them courses.
Safe photovoltaic components
The Chinese solar industry's demand for high-quality testing and certification services has been growing steadily for years. And not without good reason. China is the world’s largest manufacturer of solar modules. Against this backdrop, DEKRA opened its new Renewable Energy Testing Center in Baoshan, Shanghai in September 2022. As the expert organization's largest and most state-of-the-art solar laboratory to date, the DEKRA Renewable Energy Testing Center offers a broad and diverse service portfolio across some 2,600 square meters, covering testing and certification along the entire solar value chain: from raw materials to components and modules, to power plant operation and low-carbon certification. Our expertise in renewables helps both established and emerging energy markets to optimally meet the growing demands for "green electricity", and to bring safe and efficient photovoltaic systems to global markets. As part of this, DEKRA has also joined the "Green League" of the China Green Supply Chain Alliance (China ECOPV Alliance). The alliance is a collaboration and communication platform that promotes the professional development of a green supply chain for the photovoltaic industry. ECOPV's goal is to apply advanced green photovoltaic technology throughout the life cycle – from procurement and production to the use and recycling of photovoltaic materials.