Wind energy sector pursues responsible business conduct agreement

The European wind industry is engaged in dialogue with other stakeholders to reach an international Responsible Business Conduct sector agreement. The aim is to sign the agreement before summer 2021.

Build windmill © Branko de Lang

The industry’s goal is to identify, prevent and address risks to people and the environment across the entire wind industry’s supply chain, from risks related the extraction of raw materials for wind turbines through the decommissioning of wind farms.

Increasing leverage

Through the agreement, the parties will commit to implementing the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in their operations and throughout their supply chains. At this stage, they will explore how to identify and address the risks for people and the environment in the supply chain of the wind energy sector. This multi-stakeholder collaboration aims to offer shared solutions to address problems that companies cannot solve entirely by themselves. To increase their leverage, the organisations will actively pursue collaboration with international initiatives with similar goals.

Participating organisations

  • WindEurope, the European industry association for the wind energy sector
  • NWEA, the Dutch wind industry association
  • NVDE, the Dutch sustainable energy association
  • TKI Wind op Zee, knowledge and innovation consortium
  • Energy companies Eneco, Engie, RWE Renewables, Ørsted and Vattenfall
  • Wind turbine manufacturers and installers ENERCON, MHI Vestas Offshore, Siemens Gamesa and Van Oord
  • Civil society organisations Action Aid and the North Sea Foundation
  • Trade union FNV
  • The Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
  • Law firm Pels Rijcken and knowledge center SOMO serve as experts in the process