Sustainable Chemical Management
PARTICIPATION IN ZDHC: The company is an active participant in ZDHC, where all of their viscose and modal facilities have joined the ZDHC Supplier Platform and have access to the MMCF Module.
CHEMICAL RECOVERY: All of the company’s MMCF viscose and modal facilities have reached at least the Progressive level in their chemical recovery parameters and limit value, according to Chapter 1: ZDHC MMCF Responsible Fibre Production Guidelines V2.2 (Evaluation will start in 2024)
WASTEWATER: All of the company’s MMCF viscose and modal facilities have reached at least the Progressive level in their wastewater discharge parameters and limit values, according to Chapter 2: ZDHC MMCF Wastewater Guidelines V2.2 (Evaluation will start in 2024)
AIR EMISSIONS: All of the company’s viscose and modal facilities have reached at least the Progressive level in their hazardous chemicals’ air emissions parameters and limit values, according to Chapter 3: ZDHC MMCF Air Emissions Guidelines V2.2 (Evaluation will start in 2024)
Key Improvements Required
- The immediate next step for Shandong Yamei is to formalize an agreement with an auditor to initiate the third-party audit to verify progress in implementing its Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy as well as other elements of the CanopyStyle initiative.
- Use ForestMapper and complementary guidance documents such as the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification to ensure that all current and any new suppliers are not sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests.
- Following auditing, Shandong Yamei can then address any sourcing issues that are identified and progress on remaining sustainability steps, such as supporting conservation solutions and driving the use of new alternative fibres.
Areas where the company is showing leadership
Yamei recently re-engaged with Canopy; the company participated in a CanopyStyle Audit training in 2023 and contacted auditing firms. Canopy is hopeful that the dialogue will continue and that an audit will be initiated in the near future.
Number of man-made cellulosic fibre and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
Shandong Yamei produces viscose and rayon fibres and nonwovens with one viscose mill, in Binzhou, Shandong Province, China, at a capacity of around 320,000 tonnes per year.