Key Improvements Required
The immediate next step for Helon CTHC is to formalize agreement with the auditor to initiate the third party verification of progress indicators in policy implementation and additional solutions proposed by the CanopyStyle initiative. Following the first annual CanopyStyle Audit findings, Helon CTHC will be expected to address any controversial sourcing issues that are identified and progress on remaining sustainability steps, such as supporting conservation solutions and driving new alternative fibers.
Given growth projections in the sector, Helon CTHC should proactively screen any future ventures and new supply against the ForestMapper and aggressively build next generation solutions into their fiber projections for the coming years.
Areas where the company is showing leadership
When prompted, Helon CTHC engages in dialogue with Canopy and customer brands. Apart for these opportunities for joint meetings with Canopy and customers brands, the company is not showing active leadership and is showing delays in taking actions to fulfill its CanopyStyle policy.
Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
CHTC Helon owns 1 viscose mill.
Shandong Helon’s viscose production capacity is 170 000 tonnes.
They produce man-made cellulosic fiber (MMCF) and nonwovens, mainly standard viscose fibers and rayon with some viscose filament.
Like many other viscose producers, CTHC Helon uses a diversity of tree species. However, the company is not sharing this information publicly.