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Responsible solar

We work hard to ensure that our projects become home-grown assets that local communities can be proud of. We consult regularly as part of the development process and seek mutual benefits where this is possible. On many sites animal farming can sit side-by-side with a solar generating plant. The area enclosed by our sites also create havens for wildlife to live undisturbed, including endangered flowers and insects. Some sites are so suitable for bees that we even make our own Lightsource bp honey!

Code of Conduct and Core Values

Safe and ethical behavior is an essential part of our corporate identity – our Core Values and Code of Conduct reflect our priorities and commitments towards maintaining safe, responsible and effective business practices. Our Core Values are as follows:

  • Safety – Creating and maintaining a long term, continuously safe and healthy environment is our top priority.
  • Integrity – We are a company of uncompromising integrity and business ethics, achieving our goals and implementing our strategic initiatives by doing the right thing, in an honest, fair, and responsible way, every time.
  • Respect – We respect the law, support universal human rights, protect the environment and benefit the communities where we work. On an internal level, we respect each employee’s individuality and privacy, and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.
  • Sustainability – As a renewable energy company, we are part of the climate change solution. We’re also working to reduce our own carbon emissions by a meaningful amount each year.
  • Drive – We are the solar brand our communities and customers have come to count on. Our solutions-driven mindset allows us to stay ahead of the game in an ever-changing global energy landscape.

Download our Code of Conduct to read more about how we are applying our Core Values to everything we do.


Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Counterparties

Our third-party counterparties play an important part in our strategy, which integrates our ambition to be the world’s leading global solar brand with our aspiration to be a good corporate citizen.  We will develop and strengthen relationships with counterparties who are committed to and act in accordance with this code of conduct, with emphasis on:

  • Health, safety, security and the environment
  • Avoidance of bribery and corruption, financial crimes, conflicts of interest and anti-competitive conduct
  • Legal compliance including international trade law
  • Respect for human rights and avoidance of modern slavery
  • Protecting confidential information
  • Accurate books and records, and support to investigations
  • Providing a workplace that does not discriminate, offers grievance processes and freedom of association
  • A compliance culture an ethics and compliance programme and
  • A culture that encourages people to speak out without fear of retaliation.


Sustainability, social responsibility and long-term business success

Lightsource bp takes its role as an industry leader very seriously. We wholly believe that sustainability and social responsibility is crucial for long-term business success. Over the last six years, we have crafted a set of guiding principles by which we conduct our developments and foster our long-term relationships with local communities and all our partners.


Environmental impact assessments

Careful consideration is given to the way in which our solar projects are constructed. Environmental impact assessments play a key part in ensuring our projects integrate harmoniously into their surroundings.


We take our responsibility as long-term custodians of the land very seriously, and work hard to ensure that our solar farms are not only producing green energy, but enhancing the local environment in which they inhabit. Where possible, our Lightsource bp sites are developed with specific, tailored biodiversity management plans, and our in-house asset management and operations and maintenance teams work to ensure that these plans are put into effect.

Many of our sites are designed with wide, uncovered margins, which are often considered to be wildlife corridors, allowing the free movement of species between habitats. We frequently seed these margins, and our solar farms in general, with wildflower mixes specifically selected for the local environment. These species-rich meadows support a wide range of pollinators, mammals and birds, improving biodiversity for the wider environment. Lightsource bp solar farms are also usually designed to provide habitats for bees, birds and small mammals. We create log, rock and stone piles for reptiles and amphibians to hibernate in, log piles for invertebrates, as well as boxes for birds, bats and small mammals, to provide shelter for roosting, nesting and hibernating. All of these ‘homes’ support existing species, and attract new ones, helping the sites to become established pockets of biodiversity.

ISO Certifications

Quality is at the core of everything Lightsource bp does, and as such we take great care to follow the criteria set out by the International Organization for Standardization, or ISO. The ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 162 national standards bodies. The International Standards set out by the ISO give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency, and are instrumental in facilitating international trade.

Lightsource bp holds certification for, and adhere to the ISO 14001: 2015 standards, which specifies the requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS), providing a framework for our organisation to follow. Lightsource bp adheres to the ISO 9001 standard while preparing to obtain certification, which sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement. Furthermore, we hold ISO 18001:2007, which is the standard for occupational health and safety management systems, and are preparing for the new ISO 45001.

Lightsource Foundation

Since 2014, we have supported the community of Koh Krolor in Cambodia. Alongside local volunteers, we focus on long-term projects, designed to develop and transform the community, addressing the biggest challenges they face. Our main areas of focus are education, health & nutrition and child protection, and via payroll giving and fundraising we have raised £350,000 so far. In addition to the money raised, we also installed rooftop solar panels on two of the community schools. These generate electricity that powers fans and computers to help pupils study, and irrigation systems to boost agriculture.