Tangshan (China), New York, and Vancouver – September 28, 2020: Today, environmental not-for-profit organization Canopy and third-party auditor NEPCon released the independent verification audit results of Tangshan Sanyou’s pulp sourcing. This is the second CanopyStyle Audit completed by the company.   
      The audit report confirms that Tangshan Sanyou has diligently removed identified high risks in their supply chain. Through their policy implementation and continuous improvements, the company has taken meaningful action to improve transparency and to help fill information gaps when incomplete raw materials sourcing information was provided by some of their dissolving pulp suppliers.
     Tangshan Sanyou relies on more than a dozen suppliers of wood pulp, distributed in more than ten countries and various continents. Tangshan Sanyou is actively engaging their dissolving pulp suppliers and when required, is requiring risk mitigation measures in contracts with suppliers, including Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification and science-based conservation planning of Ancient and Endangered Forests.
    “Tangshan Sanyou’s documented progress on raw material sourcing transparency, their support for landscape conservation planning, and their leadership in developing a new viscose product made from post-consumer recycled textiles are all clear demonstrations of the company’s strong commitment to CanopyStyle,” said Nicole Rycroft, Canopy’s Executive Director. 
     “Our company appreciates the opportunity to learn about the impact of our supply on global forests,” said Dongbin Zhang, Vice General Manager of Tangshan Sanyou. “We are committed to continue to engage our dissolving pulp suppliers on science-based conservation solutions and to scale fibre innovations as demanded by the marketplace.”
    “NEPCon is pleased to be the independent auditing body for the CanopyStyle initiative, contributing to the conservation of Ancient and Endangered forests,” stated Jon Jickling, Director of NEPCon Solutions. “We are pleased to evaluate and document the long-term efforts of company’s such as Tangshan Sanyou, who have demonstrated  commitment and prompt actions to improve their wood-based sourcing practices.”

        Key findings of the audit include:

       ·Tangshan Sanyou has engaged their suppliers and, when applicable, is working to mitigate and remove potential risk in its supply chain in order to implement its policy commitments.

       ·The Company has made significant improvements in their systems to comply with the CanopyStyle audit, particularly in the areas of training, Leadership Group engagement, risk assessment, and commitments to increase the % of FSC certified materials.

     ·In addition to these system improvements, Tangshan Sanyou succeeded in producing viscose staple fiber with 50% post-consumer recycled cotton textiles.
       Moving forward, Canopy recommends that:
 
      1. Adoption of ambitious public targets and timelines for increasing the use of next generation alternative fibres in a commercially competitive way.
       2. Continue to use Forest Mapper and complementary guidance documents such as the advice note of Ancient and Endangered Forests and the Dissolving pulp Classification to complete and share a risk assessment for all fiber supply inputs. 
      3. For suppliers with potential risk of sourcing from key priority areas of Ancient and Endangered forests, continue to engage dissolving pulp suppliers, with Canopy’s support, to gain clarity on risk level and/or risk mitigation measures and work towards elimination of all risk.
      This audit reflects a snapshot in time, which will contribute to the 2020 edition of the Hot Button Ranking.
      The public report from Tangshan Sanyou’s audit evaluation is available for download here:
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NEPCON WEBSITE
      - SANYOU'S WEBSITE 

 For more Information:    
       Laura Repas Canopy
      
laura.r@canopyplanet.org +1-416-729-7484
      North America

 Gweneth Langdon, NEPCon
       
glangdon@nepcon.org
       North America

 Baikuan Li,Sanyou
      
libaikuan2005@sina.com
      China


      NEPCon
     NEPCon is an international, non-profit organisation working to support better land management and business practices that benefit people, nature and the climate. For 25 years, we have worked with businesses, smallholders, non-profit organisations and governments on developing solutions to major global challenges such as deforestation and climate change. We focus on forest and climate impact commodities and related sectors. Through a well-developed network of local representatives and contractors, NEPCon offers timely and cost-effective certification services around the world. Our focus on mission and impact differentiates our services and strengthens our credibility.
 
       
www.nepcon.org
 
       Canopy
       Canopy is an international not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting our forests, species and climate. Canopy collaborates with more than 750 companies to develop innovative solutions, to make their fibre supply chains more sustainable, and to help protect our world’s remaining Ancient and Endangered Forests. Canopy’s partners include H&M, Sprint, Target, Amazon, Penguin Random House, Zara, TC Transcontinental, and Scholastic. Canopy’s work relies on the support of individual donors who share our passion for the planet.

     www.canopyplanet.org

  Tangshan Sanyou
       As one of the world's manufacturer in the viscose fiber market, Sanyou can produce about 800,000 metric ton of viscose fiber per annum. Sanyou adheres to the concept of green development, which is striving to build an environment-friendly enterprise. Sustainability has always been a natural part of our daily activities. Sanyou launched its Dissolving Pulp Procurement Policy in 2015. Sanyou has passed and achieved the STeP by OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® , FSC COC certification. Sanyou, as one of the initiators, has joined in the CV together with other members to improve sustainability. In 2018, Sanyou finished the transformation of 2015 edition quality management and environmental management system, and passed ISO9001,ISO14001,OHSAS18001 certificate.
 
       
http://www.ts-sanyou.com.cn/

Address: No. 6 Hope Road,Nanpu Development Zone, Tangshan, Hebei Province