Yibin Grace

Yibin Grace (Grace Group) (Viscose staple fibre and viscose filament yarn)

Sichuan province, China

23.5
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Actively engaging suppliers - no known high risk

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 International Targets

2.2 Public Collaborative Leadership

2.3 Influences Decision Makers

2.4 Legislated Protection

n/a

2.5 Extra Respon­sibilities

n/a

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 Contributing to Collective Goal

3.6 Aggressively Increasing Commercial Scale

n/a

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 Using the Dissolving Pulp Classification

5.2 Track & Trace System In-Place

n/a

5.3 Public Sharing of Supplier List

5.4 Proactive Sourcing Decisions

6. Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts

6.1 Proactive Sourcing Decisions

6.2 FSC Preference

6.3 Forest Mapper Support

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

7.1 Risk Is Known and No Action Is Taken

n/a

7.2 Initial Action Taken to Address Risk

n/a

7.3 Sourcing Risk Has Been Resolved

Total:

Buttons 23.5

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.

N/A

ZDHC Responsible Fibre Production Guidelines ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines (evaluated in 2020, worth 3 points) ZDHC Air Emissions Guidelines.

N/A

Total:

1 Point

Risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests

Actively engaging suppliers – no known high risk.

Yibin Grace’s first CanopyStyle Audit confirmed that the company has taken immediate action to remove the known high-risk sources in their supply chain. While the audit cannot fully confirm low risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests, it shows that the company is taking action and seeking information from its suppliers. Yibin Grace has also conducted its second annual audit in 2021, which will be published soon.

Key Improvements Required

Yibin Grace is encouraged to continue to progress on their sustainability practices including:

  • Continue to address potential risk in its supply chain through engagement with its suppliers, through a formal action plan.
  • Accelerate the use of Next Generation fibre solutions in order to meet or exceed the aspirational targets outlined in the Vision: 50% by 2030.
  • Prioritize the integration and sourcing of Next Generation Solution technologies and feedstocks for future expansion plans and new suppliers.
  • Continue to use ForestMapper and complementary guidance documents such as the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification to ensure no sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests.
  • Where virgin fibres are used and they are not coming from key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests, procure higher volumes of FSC100% certified inputs from sources that have achieved FSC Forest Management certification on the ground.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

  • Yibin Grace has consistently engaged with Canopy since it adopted a Wood and Pulp Sourcing Policy in 2018.
  • The Company published its first CanopyStyle Audit in 2019, and is in the process of finalizing its second audit.
  • The company has supported conservation solutions, the ForestMapper tool and the Next Generation Vision for Viscose.
  • Yibin Grace has increased the amount of FSC mixed fibre inputs, and is actively investing in Next Generation fibre solutions.
  • The company provided a letter to support conservation solutions in key priority Ancient and Endangered Forests in 2021.

The company is investing in the launch of a viscose filament yarn containing Next Generation fibres.

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

Yibin Grace has two viscose staple fibre mills and one viscose filament mill in China.

  • Yibin Grace mill viscose production capacity is 250 000 tons.
  • Chengdu Grace Fibre mill viscose production capacity is 100 000 tons.
  • Yibin Grace viscose filament yarn production capacity is 45 000 tons.

They produce man-made cellulosic fibre (MMCF) and nonwovens, mainly standard viscose fibres, rayon and viscose filament yarn.