Kelheim Fibres


Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

Undertaking Annual Audits

Audits Public and Results Acted On

Audit risk results

Contribution to Conservation Legacies

A&E promotion

Public Collaborative Leadership

Influences Decision Makers

Legislated protection


Innovation via New Alternative Fibers


R&D Investments

Scaling to commercial products


Targets & timelines


Aggressively increasing commercial scale


Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

Policy adoption

Policy meets all CanopyStyle criteria

Traceability & Transparency

COC & supplier list completed

Track & trace system in place

Public sharing of supplier list

Forest of origin is public and mapped

Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts & Sustainable Sourcing

Producer Is Proactive

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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Risk of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered forests

Kelheim is a viscose producer that very recently engaged with Canopy.  Kelheim proactively reached out to Canopy in 2019 to embark in the CanopyStyle initiative, and adopted a Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy. The company is currently undergoing its first CanopyStyle audit, which was nearly complete at the time of publication of this report.

Key Improvements Required

  • Use ForestMapper to ensure future expansion plans and ventures are not located in Ancient and Endangered Forests.
  • We recommend that the company move quickly to have 80-100% of new production capacity originate from Next Generation Solution feedstock and move assertively to substitute alternatives by the end of 2020.
  • To prioritize the development of products that meet or surpass the current market expectation for viscose products containing at least 50% Next Generation raw material input.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

Kelheim has demonstrated valuable leadership in proactively outreaching with Canopy to join CanopyStyle. In just a few months, the company has formalized and launched public its Wood Pulp Sourcing Policy with Canopy, attended the CanopyStyle China Summit, conducted the audit, as well as supported conservation solutions and the ForestMapper tool. The company is also investing significantly in the research and development of Next Generation fibre solutions.

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 listed in the audit.