Formosa Chemical and Fibre Corp.

Viscose staple fibre

Taipei, Taiwan

Audit required

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


Buttons 12.5

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.


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.



0 Points

Risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests

The company published its first CanopyStyle Audit in April 2020. The audit report verifies that Formosa swiftly prioritized sourcing FSC certified fibre since adopting a wood procurement policy in spring 2019. The audit did 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 required, but the company has been non-responsive to requests.  

Key Improvements Required

Due to the lack of updates and removal of key content from the company’s website in 2022 Formosa has shifted from 20.5 buttons to 12.5 buttons, however, we hope that re-engagement will help increase their score in 2023. 

  • Re-engage with Canopy and 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.  

Areas where the company is showing leadership

Formosa was proactive in reaching out to Canopy to join the initiative and released its audit report publicly in 2020, has previously supported conservation solutions, and was actively working on Next Generation Solutions, but Canopy is not aware that this work has continued.    

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

Formosa owns one facility in Taipei, Taiwan. 

Production capacity is 70,000 tonnes of viscose staple fibre. 

In 2021, their viscose fibre production was reduced to one line producing just 27, 000 tonnes. No new information is available for 2022.  

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