Leading global viscose producers in China have come together to lead the industry into a new era of sustainable development. Together, they have agreed to form the "Collaboration for Sustainable Development of Viscose" (CV) to promote the sustainable sourcing and responsible production of viscose, an important fibre, which is used in a number of everyday products including textiles, apparels and hygiene products. The initiative is expected to be launched on 14 March 2018.


Shaping the Viscose Market through Collaboration

CV is formed by 10 of China’s biggest viscose fibre producers – collectively representing over 50% of the world’s viscose staple fibre production – in partnership with two trade associations. This self-regulating initiative will see its members adopt a much-needed sustainability roadmap for the viscose industry.

 

The 12 founding members of CV, in alphabetical order, are:

  • China Chemical Fibre Association  

  • China Cotton Textile Association  

  • Funing Aoyang 

  • Hengtian Helon 

  • Jilin Chemical Fibre 

  • Sateri 

  • Shandong Yamei 

  • Shandong Yinying 

  • Tangshan Sanyou 

  • Xinxiang Bailu Chemical Fibre

  • Yibin Grace 

  • Zhejiang Fulida  


Initiated by Tangshan Sanyou, Sateri and China Chemical Fibre Association (CCFA), CV is aimed at helping the viscose industry adopt and implement sustainability best practices. Participating producers pledge to improve and benchmark their sourcing and manufacturing practices against a set of credible, practical and widely accepted sustainability standards.

 

After getting off the ground, CV aims to attract more producers to its cause, both within and outside China. CV is already in discussion with a number of producers who have expressed interest in joining.


About the “CV Roadmap”

CV’s establishment is just the first step. To create a clear path to action, a time-bound best practice implementation plan called the CV Roadmap has been drafted simultaneously. During this process, CV consulted widely with many stakeholders in the viscose fibre value chain, including civil society organisations, sustainability professionals, certification bodies, brands and retailers, among others.

 

Built around credible international sustainability standards and programmes, the CV Roadmap aims to provide guidance to viscose producers on sustainable sourcing and production practices, and responds directly to the expectations of our many stakeholders.

 

This draft aims to cover all three key areas of sustainable development of viscose: responsible sourcing, responsible production and product safety. It includes manufacturing standards such as the Standard 100 and Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) by OEKO-TEX®, The Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) and Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), as well as forest product Chain of Custody (CoC) certifications such as the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification(PEFC) and Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®).

 

CV continues to discuss its approach with a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) and the Office for Social Responsibility of China National Textile & Apparel Council (CNTAC) to ensure a comprehensive final document.

 

A first version of the CV Roadmap is expected to be made available to industry stakeholders shortly after the official launch of CV.




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