Kara Fibers

Lyocell staple fibre

Low 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 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.



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Risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests

Kara Fibers joined the CanopyStyle Initiative in 2021 and adopted a wood-sourcing policy. The company completed and published its first audit in 2022. A subsequent supplier verification audit confirms Kara Fibers is at low risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests and other controversial sources.  

Key Improvements Required

  • Accelerate the use of Next Generation Fibre Solutions in order to meet or exceed the aspirational targets outlined in the Next Generation Vision for Viscose: 50% by 2030.  
  • 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 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. 

Areas where the company is showing leadership

The company has made very rapid progress, moving from a rainbow shirt in 2021 to a partially dark green shirt in 2022. It engaged with Canopy before even opening its facility.  


  • Completed an audit and confirmed that its supply chain is low-risk. 
  • Increased its use of FSC certified fibre.


  • 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 awareness of the status of Ancient and Endangered Forests in the landscapes from which they source, and efforts to protect them.  
  • Has financially supported conservation initiatives in Ancient and Endangered Forests. 


Next Generation Solutions:  

  • Initiated partnerships with Next Generation innovators, and has made progress quickly towards testing and piloting fibres. 

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

Kara Fibers produces lyocell staple fibre at one facility located in Sehitkamil, Gaziantep, Turkey, with an annual capacity of 20 000 tons.