Formosa Chemical and Fibre Company

Taipai, Taiwan

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



Buttons 20.5

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 company published its first CanopyStyle Audit in April 2020. The audit report verifies that Formosa has swiftly prioritized sourcing FSC-certified fibre since adopting a wood procurement policy in spring 2019. The audit does not fully confirm low risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests and other controversial sources but does confirm the company is working to implement its policy.

A second CanopyStyle Audit is recommended.

Key Improvements Required

  • Initiate a second CanopyStyle Audit.
  • Re-engage in the exploration of Next Generation alternative fibres and develop targets for their use in line with those outlined in the Next Generation Vision for Viscose: 50% by 2030.
  • For suppliers with risk due to a lack of information, continue to engage to gain clarity on sourcing region and/or risk mitigation measures and work towards elimination of all risk.
  • Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks for future expansion plans and new suppliers.
  • Continue to use ForestMapper and complementary guidance documents such as the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification to ensure no sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests.
  • Where virgin fibres are used 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.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

The company has shown leadership, such as:

  • Formosa proactively reached out to Canopy to join the initiative and released its audit report publicly in 2020.
  • The company is supporting conservation solutions, as well as the ForestMapper tool and the Next Generation Vision for Viscose.
  • Additionally, Formosa has increased its use of FSC inputs since adopting its policy.
  • 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

Formosa owns one facility in Taiwan.

Production capacity is 70 000 tonnes of viscose fibre.

In 2021, their viscose fibre production has been reduced to one line producing just 27 000 tonnes.

The company produces man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) and nonwovens.