ENKA (viscose filament yarn)

Obernburg, Germany


Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

Undertaking Annual Audits

Audits Public and Results Acted On

Audit risk results

Contribution to Conservation Legacies

A&E promotion

Public Collaborative Leadership

Influences Decision Makers

Legislated protection


Innovation via New Alternative Fibers


R&D Investments


Scaling to commercial products


Targets & timelines


Aggressively increasing commercial scale


Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

Policy adoption

Policy meets all CanopyStyle criteria

Traceability & Transparency

COC & supplier list completed

Track & trace system in place


Public sharing of supplier list

Forest of origin is public and mapped


Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts & Sustainable Sourcing

Producer Is Proactive

FSC preference

Forest Mapper support

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

Risk is known and no action is taken


Initial action taken to adress risk


Sourcing risk has been resolved



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Risk of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered forests

ENKA is the first viscose filament yarn producer to complete and publicly release the results of its CanopyStyle Audit in July 2018, which confirmed that the risk of sourcing wood from Ancient and Endangered Forests or other controversial sources is currently low.

Key Improvements Required

The expectation is that ENKA will continue to progress in the areas identified for improvement within the CanopyStyle Audit. This includes:

  1. Promoting FSC certification and developing a strategic plan to
increase FSC certified sourcing. The company is expected to set clear targets and timelines to increase FSC intake over time, with a focus on FSC 100% to build the FSC demand;
  2. Contributing to conservation solutions in key landscapes of Ancient and Endangered Forests.

Given the sector growth projections, ENKA 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

ENKA has demonstrating valuable leadership in proactively outreaching with Canopy to join the CanopyStyle initiative. In just over one year, the company has formalized a Forest Sourcing Policy with Canopy, undergone the verification audit and released the industry leading results publicly. Recently, ENKA inserted a commitment towards the research, development and promotion of alternative fibers into the company’s forest sourcing policy and strategic planning. The company is also taking meaningful actions to support conservation solutions in Ancient and Endangered Forests.

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

The production and central warehouse of ENKA are located in Industrie center Obernburg. An additional textile treatment plant is located in Gorzow, Poland.  Capacity 8 000 tonnes.

ENKA produces viscose filament yarn.

ENKA uses only softwood tree species including spruce and pine.