Yibin Grace (viscose filament yarn)

Sichuan province, China

18.5/35

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

n/a

Innovation via New Alternative Fibers

Partnerships

n/a

R&D Investments

n/a

Scaling to commercial products

n/a

Targets & timelines

n/a

Aggressively increasing commercial scale

n/a

Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

Policy adoption

Policy meets all CanopyStyle criteria

Traceability & Transparency

COC & supplier list completed

Track & trace system in place

n/a

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

n/a

Initial action taken to adress risk

n/a

Sourcing risk has been resolved

Total:

Buttons 18.5

Risk of sourcing from Ancient & Endangered forests

Yibin Grace conducted the CanopyStyle audit in early 2018, and published the report in June 2019. The CanopyStyle audit confirmed that Yibin Grace has taken immediate action remove some of the known high risk sources 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.

Since the release of Yibin Grace’s first CanopyStyle Audit, the company has engaged its supply chain partners to gather sourcing information and further actions have been taken to eliminate all remaining known high risk.

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.
  • 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 and filament yarn products containing at least 50% Next Generation raw material input.

Areas where the company is showing leadership

Yibin Grace is moving actively and quickly after proactively contacting Canopy, adopting a policy and initiating the audit. The company has shown a strong desire to engage with the CanopyStyle Initiative, and went public with its audit report very soon after its completion.  In addition, Yibin participated in CanopyStyle’s 2019 Shanghai Summit with brands, innovators and producers, and has supported conservation solutions, as well as the ForestMapper tool. It has also increased the amount of FSC certified fibre inputs.

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 Fiber mill viscose production capacity is 100 000 tons.                                                  

•Yibin Grace viscose filament yarn production capacity is 50 000 tons.

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

Like many other viscose producers, the company is expected to be sourcing a large variety of tree species.