Formosa Chemical and Fibre Company

Taipai, Taiwan

Actively engaging suppliers - no known high risk

Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

Undertaking Annual Audits

Audits Public and Results Acted On

Audit risk results

Contribution to Conservation Legacies

International Targets

Public Collaborative Leadership


Influences Decision Makers

Legislated protection


Extra Respon­sibilities


Innovation via New Alternative Fibers


R&D Investments

Scaling to commercial products


Targets & timelines


Contributing to Collective Goal


Aggressively Increasing Commercial Scale


Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

Policy adoption

Policy meets all CanopyStyle criteria

Traceability, Transparency, and Sustainable Sourcing

Using the Dissolving Pulp Classification

Track & trace system in place


Public sharing of supplier list

Proactive sourcing decisions

Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts

Proactive Sourcing Decisions

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



Buttons 20

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. (worth 2 points)

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


0 Points

Risk of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered forests

Actively engaging suppliers – no known high risk.

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 at all levels of operations.A second CanopyStyle Audit is recommended in 2021.

Key Improvements Required

  • Support the Next Generation Vision for Viscose and accelerate the use of Next Generation Fibre Solutions in order to meet or exceed the aspirational targets outlined in the Vision: 20% by 2021, and 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. At a minimum, continue to use ForestMapper and complementary guidance documents such as the advice note of Ancient and Endangered Forests and the Dissolving Pulp 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, as:

  • Formosa has proactively reached out to Canopy to join the initiative and has released its audit report publicly in 2020.
  • The company is supporting conservation solutions, as well as the ForestMapper tool, and is also investing in research and development of Next Generation fibre solutions.
  • Additionally, it has increased its use of FSC mixed.

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 2020, their viscose fibre production has been reduced to 24 000 T/year (1 Line).

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