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

Tangshan Sanyou conducted the CanopyStyle audit and published the report jointly with Canopy and the auditor in 2018. The CanopyStyle audit confirmed that Sanyou had taken immediate action to remove all known high risks in their supply chain. However, the audit was unable to determine an overall result of low risk of sourcing wood from Ancient and Endangered Forests due to lack of sourcing information in some cases.

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.

The company is deeply engaging its supply chain partners to gather sourcing information to assess and address possible sourcing risks.

The company’s second CanopyStyle audit was initiated in the fall 2019. Surprise (short-notice) site visits are taking place as part of the audit process.

Key Improvements Required

Sanyou is encouraged to continue to progress on their sustainability practices including:

  • Continue to engage with suppliers to address risk and improve practices
  • Sanyou has done trials and is well positioned to aggressively build next generation solutions into their fiber projections for the coming years.
  • 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.

Sanyou is encouraged to continue to use its leadership within the Collaboration for Sustainable Viscose in China, the CV, to ensure that the CV roadmap aligns its raw material sourcing criteria with the company’s commitment to avoid sourcing from Ancient and Endangered forests.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

In recent months, Sanyou has shown notable leadership with:

  • The successful trial, and the commercial production of kick-off volumes of viscose staple fiber made from 50% post-consumer recycled cotton textiles, supplied by Swedish company Re:newcell.
  • Deep engagement with dissolving pulp suppliers in gathering sourcing information and engaging supply chain partners to participate in large-scale conservation solutions.
  • Influencing its peers in the China viscose sector in support of the vision to protect ancient & endangered forests.
  • Collaborating with ZDHC (Roadmap to Zero Programme) on its wastewater guidelines.

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

The Tangshan Sanyou Group Company Limited owns two 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 fibres, 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.