Kelheim Fibres

Low 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



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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. (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

Confirmed in the findings of its first CanopyStyle Audit, Kelheim is at low risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests and other controversial sources.

Key Improvements Required

  • Publish a full list of suppliers, as well as the regions where they are located.
  • Sign on to the Next Generation 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.
  • 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:

  • Kelheim adopted a Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy in 2019, and published its first CanopyStyle Audit in early 2020.
  • The company has supported conservation solutions and the ForestMapper tool.
  • Kelheim is also investing in the research and development of Next Generation fibre solutions, and has increased its FSC mixed fibre inputs.

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

Kelheim owns one mill in Kelheim, Germany.

Capacity is 90 000 tonnes.

They produce viscose fibres out of a variety of tree species, such as fir, maple, acacia, birch, eucalyptus, beech, pines, spruce, ash, and poplar.