Daiwabo Rayon Co., Ltd.

Audit in process

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


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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.


In the future, criteria will be built out by ZDHC to apply V2.0 of ZDHC MMCF Guidelines, including air emissions and responsible fibre production.




Risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests

Daiwabo underwent its first audit in August 2022, and is expected to publish its audit findings in the fall of 2022. 

Key Improvements Required

  • Within six months, work with suppliers to address potential sourcing risk in Australia’s old growth forests. 
  • Where virgin fibres are unavoidable, and they are not coming from key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests, procure higher volumes of FSC 100% certified inputs from sources that have achieved FSC Forest Management certification on the ground.  
  • Increase production and commercial availability of their Next Gen product, Recovis. 
  • Make a public commitment to targets and timelines associated with increasing Next Gen production. 

Areas where the company is showing leadership


  • Developed a sourcing policy in line with CanopyStyle initiative and communicated this policy with all suppliers. The key managers are aware of the sourcing policy and definition of Ancient and Endangered Forests. 
  • Has taken action to understand and has committed to act on potential risk within sourcing based on preliminary risk assessment. 



  • Provided a letter to support conservation solutions in key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests in 2022.  
  • Supported the call for protecting 30% of the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests by 2030, in a 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 countries from which they source, and efforts to protect them. 


Next Generation Solutions: 

  • Actively supports the development of innovative and alternative fibre, including participation in a project with the Hong Kong Research Institute for Textile and Apparel (HKRITA) to develop technology and equipment to separate used blended clothing into polyester and cotton, currently entering commercialization.  
  • Initiated a pilot project with a Swedish innovator to use recycled cellulose fiber extracted from used cotton clothing. 

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

Daiwabo Rayon produces a product called Recovis that contains a small amount of pre-consumer recycled cotton.  

Daiwabo Rayon Co., Ltd. is a Japanese company established in 1988 through the merger of four other companies. It owns one viscose rayon mill operating in Osaka, Kansai, Japan, and produces rayon fibre processors for spinning, non-woven, paper, and other use at 30,000 tonnes per year. It is a subsidiary of Daiwabo Holdings Co., Ltd.