China-based viscose producer Sateri has committed itself to forest conservation in its global sourcing policy.
Sateri’s new Pulp Sourcing Policy, developed in collaboration with environmental not-for-profit organisation Canopy, aims to ensure the company does not use endangered forests, high carbon rainforests and socially controversial sources.
The policy covers Sateri's global wood sourcing for mills based in mainland China and is designed to ensure it is not buying wood fibre from high conservation value (HCV) or high carbon stock (HCS) forests, ancient and endangered forests or from endangered species habitat and natural forest. It will also ensure operations do not violate indigenous rights or fail to respect the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) principle and encourage suppliers to perform landscape level conservation of forests in areas of particular concern.
Sateri will also adopt a broader sustainability policy by December this year, to clarify how it will address the use of alternative fibres and clean manufacturing, as well as other forest conservation and sustainability issues.
Canopy said manufacturers representing close to 50 per cent of global rayon production are now committed to transforming the impacts of fabrics and fashion on the world's forests, species and climate.
“Viscose producers worldwide are getting the message from clothing brands and designers that endangered forests do not belong in our fabrics and fashion,” said Nicole Rycroft, Canopy founder and executive director.