Austrian cellulosic fibre producer Lenzing 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 Lenzing has conducted a comprehensive and transparent supply chain mapping of all dissolving wood pulp manufacturers, 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 Lenzing educate key managers at each dissolving pulp production site about its corporate commitment to eliminate sourcing from ancient and endangered forests and other controversial sources, and the importance of building distinct standard operating procedures that are complementary to FSC certification.

It also recommends significantly and quickly scaling up the use of next generation alternative fibres and act on the public commitment and timeline to launch a product line with a minimum of 50% of these fibres.

An international not-for-profit environmental organisation, Canopy collaborates with more than 750 companies to develop innovative solutions, to make their fibre supply chains more sustainable, and to help protect the world's remaining ancient and endangered forests. Its partners include H&M and Zara.

In total, Lenzing has seven production sites, and all of its pulp sourcing is done by the company's trading company that sources more than 60% of the required pulp from internal production in Austria and the Czech Republic, and the remaining rest from the global market.

In addition to a comprehensive review of the company's standard operating procedure for policy implementation and raw materials sourcing, the audit included two short-notice surprise visits to the Biocel Paskov mill in the Czech Republic, and the South Pacific Viscose mill in Indonesia.

"A warm congratulations to Lenzing for achieving "low risk" status yet again in their second CanopyStyle Audit," said Nicole Rycroft, Canopy's executive director. "This is a testament to their leadership in meeting their CanopyStyle commitments and a solid foundation as they work to ramp up integration of Next Generation Solutions and advances in forest conservation."

Stefan Doboczky, CEO of the Lenzing Group, adds: "It is a key strategic decision for Lenzing to maintain a continuous dialogue with Canopy, to constantly improve sustainable sourcing practices, to be independently verified and to contribute to global forest conservation.