Century Rayon

Audit in process

Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

Undertaking Annual Audits

Audits Public and Results Acted On


Audit risk results


Contribution to Conservation Legacies

International Targets

Public Collaborative Leadership


Influences Decision Makers


Legislated protection


Extra Respon­sibilities


Innovation via New Alternative Fibers



R&D Investments


Scaling to commercial products


Targets & timelines


Contributing to Collective Goal


Aggressively Increasing Commercial Scale


Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

Policy adoption

Policy meets all CanopyStyle criteria

Traceability, Transparency, and Sustainable Sourcing

Using the Dissolving Pulp Classification

Track & trace system in place


Public sharing of supplier list


Proactive sourcing decisions


Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts

Proactive Sourcing Decisions

FSC preference

Forest Mapper support


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


Sourcing risk has been resolved



Buttons 10

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


0 Points

Risk of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered forests

Until the audit is completed and MMCF suppliers are disclosed, the risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests and other controversial sources cannot be confirmed.

Key Improvements Required

  • Publish list of suppliers and locations on the company website.
  • Complete and publish the CanopyStyle Audit report.
  • Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks for future expansion plans and new suppliers. At a minimum, use ForestMapper and complementary guidance documents such as the advice note of Ancient and Endangered Forests and the Dissolving Pulp 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: 20% by 2021, and 50% by 2030.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

Engagement with Century Rayon is very recent, they have quickly put in place a fibre sourcing policy and have begun their first CanopyStyle Audit.

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

Century Rayon, Mumbai, India 29,300 tonnes viscose filament yarn.

Prior to 2020, Canopy included Century Rayon in Birla Cellulose’s ranking, however through the audit process it became clear that the two companies are owned separately.  Century Rayon is a division of Century Textile and Industries limited (CTIL), which is a B K Birla Group Company. The asset and liabilities of Century Rayon division are the full responsibility of Century Textile and Industries Limited and there is no sourcing, product invoicing or other operational relations linked to the Birla Group. Century Rayon is therefore ranked independently in the Hot Button Report and is required to complete its own independent audits.