According to Finnwatch, the value chains of companies marketing solar panels in Finland have found links to the forced labor of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, China.
In Finland the value chains of companies marketing solar panels have found links to forced labor by Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, China. The matter emerges from a report by the NGO Finnwatch.
The statement bears the name The dark side of solar power.
According to Finnwatch, the suspicions of forced labor concern especially the production and supply chains of polysilicon, which is used as a key raw material in solar panels. Polysilicon produced in Xinjiang accounts for about 40-50% of global production.
Finnwatch investigated the links of companies marketing solar panels to forced labor with a questionnaire sent to 13 companies. Seven companies responded to the survey, five of which provided more detailed information on supply chains.
These five companies could be merged with polysilicon manufacturers in Xinjiang. Such companies include Helen, Oomi, Playgreen, Scanoffice and Solarigo Systems.
“According to our study, solar panel companies operating in Finland do not know the origin of the key raw material of the products they market. The risk is that they are unknowingly involved in forced labor or even crimes against humanity,” says Finnwatch’s researcher. Anu Kultalahti.