Moving forward, Canopy recommends that Century Rayon works with Preferred by Nature to determine risk for the remaining supplier where risk levels have not yet been confirmed

Moving forward, Canopy recommends that Century Rayon works with Preferred by Nature to determine risk for the remaining supplier where risk levels have not yet been confirmed

Fabric and yarn manufacturer Century Rayon has completed its first CanopyStyle Audit, the results of which show while the majority of its suppliers are at low risk of sourcing wood from ancient and endangered forests or other controversial sources, additional verification is required to determine risk levels for one remaining supplier. 

The supplier verification will be conducted in the first half of 2021, pending the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. While the Century Rayon facility that produces viscose filament yarn (VFY) is managed by Aditya Birla Group, it is independently owned by Century Textiles & Industries Ltd with a dedicated ranking for Century now appearing in the 2020 Hot Button Ranking.

Key findings of the audit, which was conducted by independent auditing body Preferred by Nature (formerly NEPCon), show Century Rayon has adopted a wood sourcing policy, has communicated it to suppliers, and has created internal capacity responsible for policy implementation.

In addition, it has started to implement an action plan to increase the use of cellulosic fibre made from alternative fibre sources, and is working to bring products containing these fibres to commercial scale in 2021.

Canopy noted, however, Century Rayon's fibre supply chain cannot yet be fully confirmed at low risk of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests and other controversial sources, due to an additional audit being required of one supplier that is located near an important area for biodiversity.

Moving forward, Canopy recommends that Century Rayon work with Preferred by Nature to determine risk for the remaining supplier where risk levels have not yet been confirmed; adopt ambitious public targets and timelines for increasing the use of Next Generation alternative fibres in a commercially competitive way; and establish internal systems to monitor policy implementation in addition to FSC-certification and other certification systems.

It also advises working with Canopy to support conservation solutions for key ancient and endangered forests.

"The audit results show that Century Rayon is doing important work with Next Generation Fibre solutions, which is critical if we are to meet scientifically supported targets of protecting 30-50% of forests by 2030," says Nicole Rycroft, executive director at Canopy. "We look forward to seeing additional results from the supplier site visit and are encouraged that Century Rayon will be proactively addressing this information gap in its supply chain."

Omprakash Chitlange, CEO of the VFY (Fashion Yarn) Business, Century Rayon, adds the company looks forward to working collaboratively with Canopy to reduce the impact of its operations on forests.