Key Improvements Required
- The immediate next step for Shandong Yamei is to formalize agreement with the 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.
- Following auditing, Shandong Yamei 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
Despite continued dialogue with Canopy, the company is not moving forward and has not progressed in fulfilling its policy. The company attended CanopyStyle’s 2019 Shanghai Summit with brands, innovators and producers.
Number of viscose, lyocell and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes
Shandong Yamei has one viscose mill.
• Total production capacity of 300 000 tonnes.
The produce man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) and nonwovens, mainly standard viscose fibres and rayon.
Shandong Yamei uses a diversity of tree species such as eucalyptus, spruce, pine, Hemlock, maple, birch and others.