EcoVadis, WindEurope and Leading Wind Industry Organizations Launch "Wind Energy Initiative"

March 26, 2024 EcoVadis EN

Today, EcoVadis, WindEurope and five leading wind energy industry organizations – ENGIE, Hitachi Energy, Siemens Gamesa, Statkraft and Vestas – announce the launch of the "Wind Energy Initiative." The Initiative aims to accelerate the uptake of sustainable practices by fostering strong collaboration between trading partners and amplifying positive impacts across their value chains.

European politicians, citizens and businesses want reliable, affordable and clean energy. Wind energy is a local, competitive and scalable resource capable of providing that energy. With the launch of the Wind Energy Initiative, key players in the wind energy industry join forces today to identify and adopt common sustainable business practices. The Initiative aims to achieve a lasting, positive impact on supply chain sustainability.

The Initiative’s members – EcoVadis, WindEurope, ENGIE, Hitachi Energy, Siemens Gamesa, Statkraft and Vestas – pledge to work together to enhance supply chain transparency and raise the wind industry’s performance standards on environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics. They commit themselves to be the flagship of a just, socially responsible and sustainable energy transition. To underscore its commitment to exemplary sustainable practices, the Wind Energy Initiative sets the following strategic goals:

  • Enhance the wind industry’s contribution to the global effort in combating climate change by prioritizing carbon emission reduction, emphasizing the integration of renewable energy and embracing circular practices.
  • Continue to advance the well-being and fair treatment of all individuals involved in wind energy supply chains.
  • Continue to promote biodiversity conservation to protect ecosystems impacted by activities related to the wind energy sector.
  • Foster substantial membership growth in the coming years.

These strategic goals present a shared vision of sustainable, ethical and environmentally responsible practices and will guide the Initiative’s endeavors. To achieve these goals, the Wind Energy Initiative will adopt EcoVadis sustainability ratings as a voluntary standard for assessing their suppliers, and support suppliers in their sustainability journey by communicating a clear strategy and targeted enhancements to drive their ESG performance improvement.

The founding members of the Wind Energy Initiative are:

Click here for more information about the Wind Energy Initiative.

To learn how your organisation can join the Wind Energy Initiative, contact us here.

About EcoVadis

EcoVadis is a purpose-driven company dedicated to embedding sustainability intelligence into every business decision worldwide. With global, trusted and actionable ratings, businesses of all sizes rely on EcoVadis’ detailed insights to comply with ESG regulations, reduce GHG emissions, and improve the sustainability performance of their business and value chain across 220 industries in 180 countries. Leaders like Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Unilever, LVMH, Bridgestone, BASF and JPMorgan are among 130,000+ businesses that use EcoVadis ratings, risk, and carbon management tools and e-learning platform to accelerate their journey toward resilience, sustainable growth and positive impact worldwide. Learn more on: ecovadis.comX or LinkedIn.

Annette Quincy
Sector Initiatives Director

About WindEurope

WindEurope is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting wind energy across Europe. We have over 500 members from across the whole value chain of wind energy; wind turbine manufacturers; component suppliers; power utilities and wind farm developers; financial institutions; research institutes and the national wind energy associations. 

Alexander Vandenberghe
Head of Innovation

About the Author

EcoVadis EN

EcoVadis is a purpose-driven company whose mission is to provide the world's most trusted business sustainability ratings. Businesses of all sizes rely on EcoVadis’ expert intelligence and evidence-based ratings to manage risk and compliance, drive decarbonization, and improve the sustainability performance of their business and value chain. Its AI-powered risk mapping, actionable scorecards, benchmarks, carbon action tools, and insights guide a resilience and improvement journey for environmental, social and ethical practices across 200 industry categories and 175 countries.

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