Century Rayon

Century Rayon (Century Textile and Industries Ltd., but under management by Grasim Industries)

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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

Total:

Buttons 22

Sustainable Chemical Management

PARTICIPATION IN ZDHC: The company is an active participant in ZDHC, where all of their viscose and modal facilities have joined the ZDHC Supplier Platform and have access to the MMCF Module.

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CHEMICAL RECOVERY: All of the company’s MMCF viscose and modal facilities have reached at least the Progressive level in their chemical recovery parameters and limit value, according to Chapter 1: ZDHC MMCF Responsible Fibre Production Guidelines V2.2 (Evaluation will start in 2024)

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WASTEWATER: All of the company’s MMCF viscose and modal facilities have reached at least the Progressive level in their wastewater discharge parameters and limit values, according to Chapter 2: ZDHC MMCF Wastewater Guidelines V2.2 (Evaluation will start in 2024)

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AIR EMISSIONS: All of the company’s viscose and modal facilities have reached at least the Progressive level in their hazardous chemicals’ air emissions parameters and limit values, according to Chapter 3: ZDHC MMCF Air Emissions Guidelines V2.2 (Evaluation will start in 2024)

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Total:

2 Points

Risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests

No Known High Risk

The company’s 2023 audit confirmed that the majority of Century Rayon’s suppliers are at low risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests and other controversial sources. One supplier, based in India, required additional verification in relation to potential impacts to endangered tiger habitat. Unfortunately, this supplier – while owned by the same parent company as Century Rayon – has not agreed to undergo verification. Century Rayon ended the sourcing relationship with this supplier in 2023.

Key Improvements Required

  • Increasing the amount of FSC fibre used, with a focus on FSC Mix and FSC 100% (instead of Controlled Wood).
  • Develop an ambitious action plan for increasing use of Next Generation alternative fibres on a commercial scale.
  • At a minimum, use ForestMapper and complementary guidance documents such as the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification to ensure no sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

Sourcing:

  • Company management has made a publicly-available commitment to full implementation of its forest sourcing policy. This commitment has been communicated to all its suppliers.
  • The company conducted its second CanopyStyle Audit in summer 2023.

Conservation:

  • Supported the call for implementing protection of at least 30% of the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests by 2030 in a follow-up 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 landscapes from which they source, and efforts to protect them.

Next Generation Solutions:

  • Conducting pilot runs for filament yarn containing 5% recycled post-consumer cotton, with an aim to scale this up to 25%

Number of man-made cellulosic fibre and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes

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

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