Key Improvements Required
- The immediate next step for Helon CTHC is to formalize agreement with the auditor to initiate the third party audit to verify progress in implementing its Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy as well as other elements of the CanopyStyle initiative.
- Following auditing, 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 fibres.
- Use ForestMapper to ensure future expansion plans and ventures are not located in Ancient and Endangered Forests. We recommend that the company move quickly to have 80-100% of new production capacity originate from Next Generation Solution feedstock and move assertively to substitute alternatives for any reliance on sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests by the end of 2020.
- To prioritize the development of products that meet or surpass the current market expectation for viscose products containing at least 50% Next Generation raw material input.
Areas where the company is showing leadership
The company is not showing active leadership and has not progressed in fulfilling its policy.
Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
CHTC Helon owns one viscose mill.
Shandong Helon’s viscose production capacity is 170 000 tonnes.
They produce man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) and nonwovens, mainly standard viscose fibres 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.