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.