Moving forward, Canopy recommends that Birla adopts ambitious public targets and timelines for increasing the use of Next Generation alternative fibres in a commercially competitive way

Moving forward, Canopy recommends that Birla adopts ambitious public targets and timelines for increasing the use of Next Generation alternative fibres in a commercially competitive way

Indian textile conglomerate Aditya Birla has completed its second CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show the company's current supply chain is again at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources.

Key findings of the audit, which was conducted by independent auditing body NEPCon, show Aditya Birla has conducted a comprehensive and transparent risk assessment of all sourcing by its dissolving wood pulp suppliers, and is using its influence to positively impact conservation solutions and commercial-scale production of cellulosic fibre made from alternative fibre sources.

Moving forward, Canopy recommends that Birla adopts ambitious public targets and timelines for increasing the use of Next Generation alternative fibres in a commercially competitive way, and build on its engagement in the CanopyStyle initiative to include advocacy actions for the conservation of key priority forest regions.

It also recommends establishing internal systems to monitor policy implementation of policy in addition to FSC-certification and other certification systems.

Aditya Birla Group is the third largest producer of man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF) in the world, and owns eight viscose mills and four dissolving pulp mills. The company's facility, Indian Rayon, was included in this year's audit. Century Rayon, while managed by Birla, is separately owned by Century Textiles & Industries Ltd and has independent sourcing, and is therefore undergoing their own audit expected to be released in the coming weeks.

"Congratulations to Aditya Birla Group for once again being assessed as 'low risk' on their second CanopyStyle Audit," said Nicole Rycroft, executive director at Canopy. "The audit results also indicate significant movement on conservation solutions in Ancient and Endangered Forests where they have strategic influence and advancements in Next Generation Solutions. We look forward to further expanding on the details of those efforts in our upcoming 2020 Hot Button Report."

Dilip Gaur, business director of Birla Cellulose, added: "Collaborating with Canopy and CanopyStyle Audits have been a great learning experience for the Birla Cellulose and has helped us continually strengthen our sustainable forestry and wood sourcing practices. Partnering with our upstream and downstream value chain to continually improve the forestry practices and co-create next generation feedstock solutions is among our highest priorities."