Century Rayon

Actively engaging suppliers - no known high risk

1. Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

1.1 Undertaking Annual Audits

1.2 Audits Public and Results Acted On

1.3 Audit Risk Results

2. Contribution to Conservation Legacies

2.1 Public support web/panels

2.2 International conservation

2.3 Influences Decision Makers

2.4 Legislated Protection

2.5 Extra Respon­sibilities

3. Innovation via New Alternative Fibers

3.1 Partnerships

3.2 R&D Investments

3.3 Scaling to Commercial Products

3.4 Targets & Timelines

3.5 10% of pulp is NG

3.6 Contributing to Collective Goal

3.7 Aggressively Increasing Commercial Scale

4. Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

4.1 Policy Adoption

4.2 Policy Meets All CanopyStyle Criteria

5. Traceability, Transparency, and Sustainable Sourcing

5.1 Track & Trace System In-Place

5.2 Public Sharing of Supplier List

5.3 Conducts Due Diligence

6. Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts

6.1 Proactive outreach/ Inspires Leadership

6.2 FSC Preference

6.3 Forest Mapper Support

6.4 Using the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification

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

7.1 Risk is Known


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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.

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.


In the future, criteria will be built out by ZDHC to apply V2.0 of ZDHC MMCF Guidelines, including air emissions and responsible fibre production.



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Risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests

The company’s 2020 audit confirmed that the majority of Century Rayon’s suppliers are low risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests and other controversial sources. However, for one supplier based in India, additional verification is required in relation to potential impacts to endangered tiger habitats. Unfortunately, this supplier – while owned by the same parent company as Century Rayon – has not agreed to undergo verification. Century Rayon has indicated that it will end its sourcing relationship with this supplier in 2023. 

Key Improvements Required

  • Complete and publish verification of supplier in India.
  • Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks for future expansion plans and new suppliers. At a minimum, use Forest Mapper and complementary guidance documents such as the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification to ensure no sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests.
  • Accelerate the use of Next Generation Fibre Solutions in order to meet or exceed the aspirational targets outlined in the Vision: 50% by 2030.

Areas where the company is showing leadership


  • Agreed to work with Canopy in a formal process to proactively avoid risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests when looking to expand their operations or consider new sources.
  • Has increased its use of FSC certified fibres. 


  • Provided a letter to support conservation solutions in key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests in 2021 and 2022.   
  • Supported the call for protecting 30% of the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests by 2030, in a letter from MMCF producers to countries that are party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  
  • Demonstrated an awareness of the status of Ancient and Endangered
    Forests in the countries from which they source, and efforts to protect them.  

Next Generation Solutions: 

  • Has begun testing, and running small test pilots for filament yarn containing next generation fibre, working in partnership with two innovators with different fibre types.   

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

Century Rayon, Mumbai, India – 24 000 tonnes viscose filament yarn.

Aditya Birla’s Grasim Industries Limited manages and operates Century Rayon, including sourcing, product invoicing, and other operational relations including certain liabilities.