Nanjing Chemical Fibre Co. Ltd.

Viscose staple fibre and lyocell staple fibre

Nanjing, China

Known risk confirmed in audit

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

The company resumed engagement with Canopy in 2020, and in 2021 conducted and published its first CanopyStyle Audit. The first audit did not confirm low risk; however, in 2022 the company eliminated known risk and began engaging with suppliers. This will be verified in the company’s next audit in 2023. 

Key Improvements Required

  • Conduct a second CanopyStyle Audit in 2023.  
  • Conduct further due diligence on any suppliers with potential risk, and develop mitigation measures where risk is identified. 
  • Explore and integrate Next Generation fibre solutions into products in order to exceed the targets set out in the Next Generation Vision for Viscose: 50% by 2030.
  • Where virgin fibres are required, procure increasingly higher volumes of FSC 100% certified inputs from sources that have achieved FSC Forest Management certification on the ground and ensure they are not coming from Ancient and Endangered Forests.

Areas where the company is showing leadership


  • Eliminated a fibre source in its supply chain that was a known risk (to be confirmed by the next audit), and has engaged with a supplier with potential risk to better understand the source of this risk. 
  • Increased its use of FSC Mix since last year.  


  • 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).   

Next Generation Solutions: 

  • Has begun testing the use of cotton linter and bamboo fibre feedstocks, which Canopy considers “transitional” Next Generation fibres that should be used while companies explore scaling up the use of recycled textiles, agricultural residues and other full Next Generation Solutions.   

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

Nanjing Chemical Fibre owns two mills: 

A viscose staple fibre mill in Yancheng City, Jiangsu, China, with 80,000 tonnes capacity. 

A lyocell staple fibre mill in Nanjing City, Jiangsu, China, with 40,000 tonnes capacity.