Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Triacetate and diacetate filament)

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Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

Undertaking Annual Audits

n/a

Audits Public and Results Acted On

n/a

Audit risk results

n/a

Contribution to Conservation Legacies

A&E promotion

n/a

Public Collaborative Leadership

n/a

Influences Decision Makers

n/a

Legislated protection

n/a

Innovation via New Alternative Fibers

Partnerships

n/a

R&D Investments

n/a

Scaling to commercial products

n/a

Targets & timelines

n/a

Aggressively increasing commercial scale

n/a

Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

Policy adoption

n/a

Policy meets all CanopyStyle criteria

n/a

Traceability & Transparency

COC & supplier list completed

n/a

Track & trace system in place

n/a

Public sharing of supplier list

n/a

Forest of origin is public and mapped

n/a

Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts & Sustainable Sourcing

Producer Is Proactive

FSC preference

n/a

Forest Mapper support

n/a

Associated with High Risk of Sourcing from Ancient & Endangered Forests and other Controversial Sources

Risk is known and no action is taken

n/a

Initial action taken to adress risk

n/a

Sourcing risk has been resolved

n/a

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Risk of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered forests

Mitsubishi is a tri-acetate producer that very recently engaged with Canopy.  In fact, Mitsubishi proactively outreach to Canopy in 2019 to embark in the CanopyStyle initiative.

At the time of writing this report, Mitsubishi is in the final stage of adopting and making public its Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy. Mitsubishi has yet to share its list of suppliers with Canopy or embark on the CanopyStyle Audit and as such, the level of risk of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests cannot be confirmed.   

Key Improvements Required

  • The immediate next step for Mitsubishi is finalize its policy and share its list of suppliers with Canopy.
  • The company is also encouraged to sign a contract with third party auditors to verify its viscose supply chain for risk of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests.
  • Following auditing, Mitsubishi will be expected to address any controversial sourcing issues that are identified and progress on remaining sustainability steps, such as supporting conservation solutions and driving new alternative fibers.
  • 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 for any reliance on sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests 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

Mitsubishi has demonstrated valuable leadership in proactively outreaching with Canopy to join the CanopyStyle initiative.

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