Lenzing, Austria

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.



2 Points

Risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests

In October 2022, Lenzing completed its third CanopyStyle Audit, which confirmed that new sources were added, increasing the potential risk of sourcing wood from Ancient and Endangered Forests or other controversial sources. Lenzing has since committed to engaging to address risk with these suppliers and/or reconsider sourcing decisions. 

Lenzing’s new mill in Brazil is intended to exclusively source from FSC-certified plantation fibre, excluding any recently converted Ancient and Endangered Forests. However, as this expansion comes online in 2023, additional due diligence is recommended, as illegal logging and logging that violates indigenous peoples’ rights are an escalating issue in Brazil.  

Key Improvements Required

  • Accelerate the use of Next Generation fibre solutions in order to meet or exceed the 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 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

Lenzing has earned the top place for Hot Button 2022, once again earning a dark green shirt (32 buttons) and has shown continuous leadership over the last number of years. 


  • Committed to address outstanding issues identified in its second audit. 



  • Provided a letter to support conservation solutions in key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests in 2021 and 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 countries from which they source, and efforts to protect them. 
  • Made a substantial donation to a project that aims to protect Ancient and Endangered Forests. 

Next Gen Solutions: 

  • Created the first commercially available lyocell fibre containing 30% recycled pre-consumer content-based cotton waste, with up to 10% post-consumer content. 
  • Set a target to reach 50% post-consumer recycled content by 2024. 
  • Put in place offtake agreements to support the increased use of recycled textile inputs to 100,000 tonnes by 2028.  


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

Lenzing produces a lyocell fibre with 20% to 30% pre-consumer recycled cotton called REFIBRA™ and can produce on demand in response to brand uptake.

The company owns nine mills: three viscose mills, four lyocell mills, and two dissolving pulp mills. Lenzing has built a new dissolving pulp plant in Brazil, jointly with Duratex, expected to open in 2023, that is capable of producing up to 500,000 tonnes of viscose fibre per year. 

Lenzing’s mills include:                                                                                       

  • Purwakarta  PT. South Pacific Viscose, Purwakarta, West Java, Indonesia. Capacity of 323 000 tonnes of viscose fibre.
  • Prachinburi, SriMahaPhot District, PrachinBuri Province, Thailand. 100,000 tonnes of Lyocell. 
  • Lenzing Nanjing (100% ownership), Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. Capacity of 178 000 tonnes of viscose fibre.
  • Lenzing, Vocklabruck, Austria. Capacity of 284 000 tonnes of viscose and modal.
  • Lenzing, Vocklabruck, Austria. Capacity of 74 000 tonnes of Lyocell (Tencel™, Veocel™).
  • Lenzing City, Vocklabruck, Austria. Capacity of 320 000 tonnes of dissolving pulp. 
  • Heiligenkreuz, Baden, Austria. Capacity 90 000 tonnes of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).
  • Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK. Capacity of 45 000 tonnes of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).
  • Mobile, Axis, Alabama, USA. Capacity of 51 000 tonnes of Lyocell (TENCEL™, VEOCEL™).
  • Paskov, Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic. Capacity of 285 000 tonnes of dissolving pulp.     
  • A joint venture with Duratex, under construction.  Indianopolis, Minas Gerais, Brazil.  Projected capacity of 500 000 tonnes of dissolving pulp.

Lenzing produces man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF), dissolving pulp, standard viscose fibres (viscose or rayon) and specialty cellulose fibres such as lyocell and modal.