Tangshan Sanyou

Tangshan Sanyou Xingda Chemical Fiber Co. part of the Tangshan Sanyou Group Company Limited

Tangshan, China


Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

Undertaking Annual Audits

Audits Public and Results Acted On

Audit risk results

Contribution to Conservation Legacies

A&E promotion

Public Collaborative Leadership

Influences Decision Makers


Legislated protection


Innovation via New Alternative Fibers


R&D Investments

Scaling to commercial products


Targets & timelines


Aggressively increasing commercial scale


Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

Policy adoption

Policy meets all CanopyStyle criteria

Traceability & Transparency

COC & supplier list completed

Track & trace system in place

Public sharing of supplier list


Forest of origin is public and mapped


Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts & Sustainable Sourcing

Producer Is Proactive

FSC preference

Forest Mapper support


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

Risk is known and no action is taken


Initial action taken to adress risk


Sourcing risk has been resolved


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Risk of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered forests

In June 2018, Sanyou publicly released their first annual CanopyStyle Audit of their global sourcing practices. The audit was comprised of a desktop review of their sourcing in addition to the site visit of their mill in China. The CanopyStyle audit confirmed that Tangshan Sanyou has taken immediate action to remove risks in their supply chain that were known and identified. However, the audit was unable to determine an overall result of low risk of sourcing wood from Ancient and Endangered Forests, due to incomplete information from some of Sanyou’s dissolving pulp suppliers on their raw materials sourcing.

Key Improvements Required

Tangshan Sanyou relies on more than a dozen suppliers of wood pulp, distributed in more than ten countries and various continents such as Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Forest of origin information for all of Sanyou’s suppliers is currently lacking. Sanyou is expected to actively work to overcome this gap and to improve transparency of its raw material sourcing. This includes collecting forest of origin information including GIS coordinates and/or shape files which will allow for an overlay with the forthcoming Canopy ForestMapper of Ancient and Endangered Forests.

Sanyou is one of the founding member of the new alliance of viscose producers in China, called the Collaboration for Sustainable Viscose in China, the CV.  Sanyou is encouraged to use its leadership within that group to ensure that the the CV roadmap aligns its raw material sourcing criteria with the leading commitments of Sanyou to avoid sourcing from ancient and endangered forests.

Given growth projections in the sector, Sanyou should proactively screen any future ventures and new supply against the ForestMapper and aggressively build next generation solutions into their fiber projections for the coming years.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

Sanyou is taking actions that indicate a high level of commitment to the CanopyStyle initiative. They are actively engaged in dialogue with Canopy and customer brands, are taking immediate actions to address the non-conformance identified in the audit, and are engaging their suppliers proactively.

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

The Tangshan Sanyou Group Company Limited owns 2 viscose mills and is associated with one dissolving pulp mill.

• Tangshan Sanyou Yuanda Fiber Co Ltd.

• Tangshan Sanyou Xingda Chemical Fiber Co., Ltd.

Together these mills have a combined viscose capacity of 800 000 tonnes

• Tangshan Sanyou Group has 100% equity in the Dongguang Pulp Co. Ltd – a Chinese dissolving pulp mill which uses cotton linter as raw material. The capacity is 170 000 tonnes per year.

Man-made cellulosic fiber (MMCF) and nonwovens, dissolving pulp, standard viscose fibers, rayon and others including bamboo, modal, pearl, corn protein, dope-dyed, bamboo.

Tangshan Sanyou uses a diversity of tree species such as eucalyptus, birch, spruce, pine and others.