Product Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing
Sustainability is embedded into each phase of our product lifecycle, from our partnerships with suppliers to our manufacturing practices. Array’s product lifecycle includes four distinct phases:
Supply Chain Management and Responsible Sourcing
We follow a thorough supplier vetting process that helps ensure compliance with all applicable laws. This process leads suppliers through several stages to evaluate their approach to capacity, strategic sourcing, supplier selection, procurement, inventory, engineering, and capability. Each step provides an opportunity for incremental reviews. This process is designed to address critical issues in supply chain management and reflects our risk-based approach to ensuring that our suppliers comply with our quality, environmental and social standards. Our environmental standards include evaluating environmental performances of their activities, ensuring efficient use of water and energy, and working to reduce hazardous waste and emissions. Our social standards include respecting human rights and providing a safe, secure, and healthy workspace for all employees. To increase supplier transparency, our supplier quality engineers conduct regular supplier audits to ensure that suppliers are adhering to the Supplier Quality Manual, which includes ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 standards. Furthermore, we are continually working to expand the recycled content of our products to ensure that we are sourcing responsibly and improving the environmental profile of our systems. Through strategic partnerships with suppliers like Nucor, we are working to increase the supply of green steel used in our trackers, which not only lowers the embedded energy, carbon, and water impacts of our sourcing, but also improves the recyclability of our products at the end of life.
Product Safety and Quality
We have established programs for Manufacturing Engineering and Packaging Engineering to drive product quality outcome improvements. We are underway with a layout transformation of our Albuquerque facility that includes the purchase of new, more energy efficient saws for production and major refurbishment of existing equipment to improve process control of our production processes. We planned a Lean transformation of our manufacturing operations to reduce waste and streamline our work processes. We have engaged all our employees in training programs with expert consultants to drive cultural transformation. Lean projects will drive improvements in safety by reducing strain and improvement ergonomics of the production processes. Quality Array maintained its status as an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization passing its external audit without any non-conformities. Our Quality Management System includes design, supply, manufacture, and commission of Array solar tracker systems. Key processes with our Quality Management System include:
- Vendor Approval Process: Utilize robust auditing practices to qualify potential suppliers and ensure existing suppliers maintain our quality standards.
- Production Part Approval Process: Verify each supplier has effective and sustainable manufacturing practices for each part they produce for Array.
- Corrective Action Process: Capture issues to investigate root causes to prevent occurrence and recurrence in similar situations.
Human Rights Policy
This communicates to our suppliers and business partners our expectations around legal compliance, fair treatment, equal opportunity, and diversity; and prohibits all forms of child labor and forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, military labor, slave labor and any form of human trafficking.
Supplier Code of Conduct
As part of our ESG due diligence and supplier vetting process, our team requests that suppliers sign a Master Service Agreement (MSA), which includes the environmental and social standards that are outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct. For suppliers that are unable to sign an MSA, our legal team developed a Supplier Compliance Certificate or reviews the supplier’s Code of Conduct to ensure that their business practices align with our standards.