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 International Targets

2.2 Public Collaborative Leadership

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 Contributing to Collective Goal


3.6 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 Using the Dissolving Pulp Classification

5.2 Track & Trace System In-Place


5.3 Public Sharing of Supplier List

5.4 Proactive Sourcing Decisions

6. Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts

6.1 Proactive Sourcing Decisions

6.2 FSC Preference

6.3 Forest Mapper Support

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

7.1 Risk Is Known and No Action Is Taken


7.2 Initial Action Taken to Address Risk


7.3 Sourcing Risk Has Been Resolved



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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.


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



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Risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests

The audit confirms 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 habitat. Century Rayon has initiated this verification process.

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

  • Century Rayon adopted a policy in 2020 and conducted its first audit in 2021. The company is now doing additional verification.
    Century Rayon has also started to test Next Generation fibre solutions, as well as support conservation solutions.
    The company provided a letter to support conservation solutions in key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests in 2021.

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

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

Prior to 2020, Canopy included Century Rayon in Aditya Birla Cellulose’s ranking, however, through the audit process, it became clear that the two companies are owned separately. Century Rayon is therefore ranked independently in the Hot Button Report and is required to complete its own independent audits. Of note, Aditya Birla’s Grasim Industries Limited has been granted the right to manage and operate Century Rayon, including sourcing, product invoicing, and other operational relations including certain liabilities. Century Rayon completed and published its first independent audit in 2021.