Completion of CanopyStyle Third Party Verification Audits

The company has initiated the annual independent third party verification audit, with desktop analysis, mills or supplier sites visits.

(worth 2 buttons)

The company has completed the first annual independent third-party verification audit and has adopted an action plan to make continuous sustainability improvements.

(worth 2 buttons)

Canopy analysis of the third party audit findings and of the producer’s actions on issues raised in the audit results in low risk of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests and other controversial areas.

(worth 2 buttons)

Contribution to Conservation Legacies

The company promotes its commitment to the conservation of ancient and endangered forests on its websites, naming key ancient and endangered forest regions.

(worth 1 button)

The company communicates about its role in supporting forest protection in public forums, panels, etc.

(worth 2 buttons)

When prompted, the company has used its influence with decision makers to support long-term conservation solutions.

(worth 1 button)

The company’s actions directly contribute to conservation planning and increased legislated protection in key ancient and endangered forest hot spots.

(worth 2 buttons)

Innovation via New Alternative Fibers

The company advocates for the circular economy and use of alternative fibers and is developing partnerships with brands, academics and ENGOs to advance the use of new and existing alternative fibers.

(worth 1 button)

The company is investing
in R&D for using alternative fibers, and is at development, prototype or laboratory phase.

(worth 1 button)

The company is investing
in R&D for using alternative fibers, and is scaling up from laboratory phase to pilot scale (up to a few tons) towards commercial scale.

(worth 2 buttons)

The company has timelines and targets in place for increasing the use of alternative fibers such as leftover straw and post- consumer recycled clothing.

(worth 2 buttons)

The company is aggressively increasing the commercial scale of innovative and alternative fibers available to customers,at a price that allows scalability.

(worth 2 buttons)

Adoption of Robust Forest Sourcing Policy

The company has formalized
a policy commitment not to source from the world’s ancient and endangered forests and other controversial sources,
is promoting it on its website and requires compliance from
its suppliers.

(worth 2 buttons)

The producer’s policy meets all the CanopyStyle criteria.*

(worth 2 buttons)

Traceability & Transparency

The company has shared a complete chain of custody (COC) form and list of suppliers with Canopy and the brands of the Leaders Group such that all of the fiber sources of the producer can ultimately be tracked to a forest (or plantation) of origin, via a certification code and requests to suppliers.

(worth 2 buttons)

The company has put in place a track and trace system to be used by its partners in the supply chain.

(worth 1 button)

The company has publicly shared their list of suppliers.

(worth 1 button)

The company has publicly shared forest of origin locations of all fiber sources, in a way that allows for transparently mapping fiber flow, from forest, to fiber to garment.

(worth 3 buttons)

Leaders in Supply Chain Shifts & Sustainable Sourcing

The producer is pro-actively reaching out to Canopy to seek opportunities to forward solutions and meet new marketplace requirements. The producer is participating in annual CanopyStyle Summits in China, takes timely action, engages suppliers & inspires leadership with supply chain partners and competitors.

(worth 1 button)

The producer gives preference to FSC forest management fiber supply and increases % volumes of FSC fiber intake.

(worth 1 button)

The company publically supports Canopy’s global map of Ancient and Endangered forests and uses it consistently to assess the risk level of their fiber supply and to make responsible sourcing decisions.

(worth 2 buttons)

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

The company is directly sourcing from ancient and endangered forests or the company is associated with controversial sources whose operations have documented social conflict or are in key ancient and endangered forests such as the boreal forests, temperate rainforests or tropical forests of Indonesia. No action is being taken by the company.

(NOTE THIS IS A NEGATIVE CRITERIA THAT WOULD LEAD TO A REDUCTION OF 5 BUTTONS)

The company is directly sourcing from ancient and endangered forests or the company is associated with controversial sources whose operations have documented social conflict or are in key ancient and endangered forests such as the boreal forests, temperate rainforests or tropical forests of Indonesia. Initial action to remove this controversial sourcing is being taken by the company.

(NOTE THIS IS A NEGATIVE CRITERIA THAT WOULD LEAD TO A REDUCTION OF 2 BUTTONS)

The company was sourcing from ancient and endangered forests or the company is associated with controversial sources whose operations have documented social conflict or are in key ancient and endangered forests such as the boreal forests, temperate rainforests or tropical forests of Indonesia. Action has been taken, the sourcing issue has been resolved and the producer is contributing to conservation legacies.

(NOTE THIS WOULD LEAD TO THE ADDITION OF 1 BUTTON)

Criteria Explained

The Hot Button Ranking report reflects the growing commitment of the textile and fashion industry to look beyond simply mitigating risk. With the goals of making the viscose supply chain more sustainable and institutionalizing long-term solutions required for a stable future for the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests, the ranking focuses on:

  • Producers’ level of risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests,
  • Producers’ leadership on advocating for conservation legacies, and,
  • Producers’ work to advance the commercial-scale production
    of fabrics using innovative and alternative fibers, such as leftover straw or post-consumer recycled clothing.

The assessment analyzes measurable actions by producers, and the methodology is transparent and replicable. Merit-point buttons are awarded based on degree of completion of the elements contained in the following table.

Prior to the publication of this report, each producer was provided with a draft of their ranking, and allowed a minimum of eight weeks for review, input and action to improve their score and standing. Where there has been demonstrable action supported with documented evidence, Canopy has provided the opportunity for viscose producers to gain more points, or “buttons”, and acquire “shirts” that signal better performance, indicated by a deeper shade of green.

In order to accurately reflect supply chain risk and threats to forests, producers that are confirmed by the CanopyStyle Audits as using pulp that is known to be at high risk of sourcing from Ancient and Endangered Forests and other controversial sources, will show partially red shirt colors, even if they have been able to surpass a threshold of 10 buttons.