Yibin Grace Group Co., Ltd.

Viscose staple fibre and viscose filament yarn

Sichuan province, China

Next
Gen
30
2
NKR
shim
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 Public support web/panels

2.2 International conservation

2.3 Influences Decision Makers

2.4 Legislated Protection

2.5 Extra Respon­sibilities

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 10% of pulp is NG

3.6 Contributing to Collective Goal

3.7 Aggressively Increasing Commercial Scale

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 Track & Trace System In-Place

5.2 Public Sharing of Supplier List

5.3 Conducts Due Diligence

6. Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts

6.1 Proactive outreach/ Inspires Leadership

6.2 FSC Preference

6.3 Forest Mapper Support

6.4 Using the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification

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

7.1 Risk is Known

Total:

Buttons 30

Sustainable Chemical Management

PARTICIPATION IN ZDHC: The company is an active participant in ZDHC, where all of their viscose and modal facilities have joined the ZDHC Supplier Platform and have access to the MMCF Module.

2

CHEMICAL RECOVERY: All of the company’s MMCF viscose and modal facilities have reached at least the Progressive level in their chemical recovery parameters and limit value, according to Chapter 1: ZDHC MMCF Responsible Fibre Production Guidelines V2.2 (Evaluation will start in 2024)

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WASTEWATER: All of the company’s MMCF viscose and modal facilities have reached at least the Progressive level in their wastewater discharge parameters and limit values, according to Chapter 2: ZDHC MMCF Wastewater Guidelines V2.2 (Evaluation will start in 2024)

0

AIR EMISSIONS: All of the company’s viscose and modal facilities have reached at least the Progressive level in their hazardous chemicals’ air emissions parameters and limit values, according to Chapter 3: ZDHC MMCF Air Emissions Guidelines V2.2 (Evaluation will start in 2024)

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Total:

2 Points

Risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests

No Known High Risk

Yibin’s first CanopyStyle Audit confirmed that the company took immediate action to remove the known high-risk sources in their supply chain. The second audit, published in late 2021, shows that possible risk may still exist in the supply chain, but it is not confirmed. The third audit is currently underway, and is expected to be published in late 2023.

Key Improvements Required

  • Continue to engage dissolving pulp suppliers, with Canopy’s support, to confirm low risk and/or risk mitigation measures and work towards elimination of all risk by 2025 to maintain dark green shirt.
  • Accelerate the use of Next Generation fibres in order to meet or exceed the aspirational targets outlined in the Next Generation Vision for Viscose: 50% by 2030.
  • 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 unavoidable 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

The company has shown continuous leadership, and has moved from a light green shirt in 2021 to a partially dark green shirt in 2022, and to a fully dark green shirt in 2023.

Sourcing:

  • Initiated its third CanopyStyle Audit in summer 2023.
  • Increased its use of FSC-certified fibre – currently over 90% of its fibre inputs are FSC Mix.

Conservation:

  • Supported the call for implementing protection of at least 30% of the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests by 2030, in a follow-up letter from MMCF producers to countries that are party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
  • Has supported the conservation of Ancient and Endangered Forests in its promotional materials and at industry events.
  • Demonstrated an awareness of the status of Ancient and Endangered Forests in the countries from which they source, and efforts to protect them.

Next Generation Solutions:

  • Launched a Next Generation filament yarn named Re-Gracell in 2022, in partnership with Renewcell. This product contains 30% recycled fibre.
  • In 2023, it announced the successful testing of a viscose staple fibre containing 50% recycled fibre and its plans to produce this at commercial scale.

Number of man-made cellulosic fibre and dissolving pulp mills + location and production volumes

Yibin Grace produces a viscose filament yarn with 30% Next Generation fibres, marketed under the name Re-Gracell.

Yibin Grace produced viscose staple fibre and viscose filament yarn, and has two facilities:

Yibin, Sichuan Province, China: viscose staple fibre with production of 320,000 tonnes

Yibin, Sichuan Province, China: viscose filament yarn with production of 45,000 tonnes.

Yibin Grace has a 30% stake in a third mill called Xinjiang Ya’ao located in Xinjiang Region, China, making viscose filament yarn with production of 80,000 tonnes. This mill has not undergone a CanopyStyle Audit, and is currently closed.