JinkoSolar Awarded the Cradle to Cradle Certification

JinkoSolar is proud to have been awarded the Cradle to Cradle Certificate by SGS. This is the first time the certificate has been awarded to a Chinese company and is a testament to our commitment to resource stewardship, our employees and the communities we operate in.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continual improvement process that looks at a product through five quality categories — material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

Material health – Knowing the chemical ingredients of every material in a product, and optimizing towards safer materials.

  • Identify materials as either biological or technical nutrients
  • Understand how chemical hazards combine with likely exposures to determine potential negative impacts to human health and the environment

Material Reutilisation – Designing products made with materials that come from and can safely return to nature or industry.

  • Maximize the percentage of rapidly renewable materials or recycled content used in a product
  • Maximize the percentage of materials that can be safely reused, recycled, or composted at the product’s end of use
  • Designate your product as technical (can safely return to industry) and/or biological (can safely return to nature)

Renewable Energy and Carbon Management – Envisioning a future in which all manufacturing is powered by 100% clean renewable energy.

  • Source renewable electricity and offset carbon emissions for the product’s final manufacturing stage

Water Stewardship – Manage clean water as a precious resource and an essential human right.

  • Address local geographic and industry water impacts at each manufacturing facility
  • Identify, assess, and optimize any industrial chemicals in a facility’s effluent

Social Fairness – Design operations to honor all people and natural systems affected by the creation, use, disposal or reuse of a product.

  • Use globally recognized resources to conduct self-assessments to identify local and supply chain issues and third party audits to assure optimal conditions
  • Make a positive difference in the lives of employees, and the local community

Product assessments are performed by a qualified independent organization trained by the Institute. Every two years, manufacturers must demonstrate good faith efforts to improve their products in order to have their products recertified.

JinkoSolar has already begun to implement the assessors’ recommendations for continual improvement, working hard to achieve an even higher level of certification in two years time.