Vestas is committed to respecting human rights wherever we are present, and we see it as our responsibility to operationalise this commitment.
We have developed our own social framework, informed by international industry practice and in line with international standards. Our social framework aims at earning the “Social License to Operate” (SLO), which is the ongoing social approval of our activities by the communities we work in. This approach builds a healthy foundation of community acceptance, approval, and trust of the wind farm throughout its lifetime.
We earn the SLO in a community by identifying, preventing, mitigating, and accounting for how Vestas addresses risks to human rights. This exercise is outlined in our Social Due Diligence (SDD) methodology.
Our methodology ensures that we clarify uncertainties linked to potential human rights impacts. Such uncertainties could be in relation to land acquisition, local employment, cultural customs and heritage, community health and safety, or access to remedy for impacted communities and workers. These steps allow us to reduce our negative impacts on local communities and enhance positive impacts, thereby making our projects more inclusive.
We are constantly working to ensure that all projects within scope undergo a social due diligence. This also means that we conduct SDDs on projects that do not reach Firm Order Intake (FOI) in the reporting year. In 2020, we started reporting publicly on the completion rate of SDDs in scope that reach FOI. For 2020 the completion rate was 77.8%. While we are encouraged by this high rate, we acknowledge that we still have work to do to meet our target of 100%.
Read about our Social Management System for more information on our human rights methodology in our market approach and how we support our customers in creating bankable projects.
A woman and her children watching a theatre play discussing social issues related to the Taïba wind farm project in Senegal