Aoyang Technology

Aoyang Technology, part of the Aoyang Group, one of the largest viscose staple fiber producers in China

Jiangsu, China

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Audit required

Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

Undertaking Annual Audits

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Audits Public and Results Acted On

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Audit risk results

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Contribution to Conservation Legacies

International Targets

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Public Collaborative Leadership

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Influences Decision Makers

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Legislated protection

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Extra Respon­sibilities

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Innovation via New Alternative Fibers

Partnerships

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R&D Investments

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Scaling to commercial products

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Targets & timelines

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Contributing to Collective Goal

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Aggressively Increasing Commercial Scale

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Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

Policy adoption

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Policy meets all CanopyStyle criteria

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Traceability, Transparency, and Sustainable Sourcing

Using the Dissolving Pulp Classification

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Track & trace system in place

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Public sharing of supplier list

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Proactive sourcing decisions

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Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts

Proactive Sourcing Decisions

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FSC preference

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Forest Mapper support

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Associated with High Risk of Sourcing from Ancient & Endangered Forests and other Controversial Sources

Risk is known and no action is taken

Initial action taken to adress risk

n/a

Sourcing risk has been resolved

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Total:

Buttons -5

Chemical Management

The producer is addressing the pollution originated by the chemical substances used during the MMCF production process. It has joined a credible initiative that advances solutions on chemical management. (worth 2 points)

The producer is implementing, for all of its sites, pollution control technologies to limit their impact, developing an approach for the recovery of substances used or generated during the production of MMCF.

ZDHC Responsible Fibre Production Guidelines ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines (evaluated in 2020, worth 3 points) ZDHC Air Emissions Guidelines

Total:

0 Points

Risk of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered forests

Canopy has been engaged in dialogue with Aoyang Technology since the beginning of our work in China in 2015. However, the company has failed to adopt a Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy.

With this lack of responsiveness, Aoyang Technology is considered at high risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests and other controversial sources.

Canopy recommends a considered approach by the marketplace at this stage.

Key Improvements Required

  • The company has not yet developed and adopted a Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy commitment. The immediate next step for Aoyang Technology is to develop a strong sourcing policy.
  • Once this is accomplished, the next action required for its implementation will be to share sourcing data and to obtain third party verification through the CanopyStyle Audit process.
  • Use ForestMapper to ensure future expansion plans and ventures are not located in Ancient and Endangered Forests. We recommend that the company move quickly to have 80-100% of new production capacity originate from Next Generation Solution feedstock and move assertively to substitute alternatives for any current reliance on sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests by the end of 2020.
  • To prioritize the development of products that meet or surpass the current market expectation for viscose products containing at least 50% Next Generation raw material input.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

No significant leadership shown to date. The company attended CanopyStyle’s 2019 Shanghai Summit with brands, innovators and producers.

Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes

Aoyang Technology, owns two viscose mills in China.

• Manasi Aoyang – 90 000 tonnes of viscose.

• Funing Aoyang – 170 000 tonnes of viscose.

Aoyang produces man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) and nonwovens, mainly standard viscose fibres and rayon.

The company has been unresponsive in providing information. Like many other viscose producers, the company is expected to be sourcing a large variety of tree species.