KARA FIBER is committed to playing a leadership role in the dissolving pulp & cellulosic fibre industry and will work with our wood fibre suppliers and Canopy in order to promote sustainable forest management and the protection of ancient and endangered forests.
KARA FIBER supports the production of cellulosic fibres & fabrics from wood fibre that is not sourced in ancient and endangered forests, such as Indonesia’s tropical forest and Canada’s Boreal Forest, unless meaningful conservation plans and FSC™ certification are in place.
The following principles apply to all man-made cellulosic fibres, fabrics and textiles, including but not limited to rayon, viscose, lyocell, modal and trademarked product lines produced by our company. This commitment addresses our own operations as well as our procurement practices. This policy supports principles that result in long-term environmental, social and economic benefits.
Scope of Commitment
All of our operations, including companies we control, manage and/or have an investment in – will be in compliance with this policy. We will complete the current independent third-party verification audit, including the publication of the audit report and will adopt an action plan to make continuous sustainability improvements. We will source our raw material only through suppliers that are transparent, traceable and comply with this policy.
If suppliers contravene these criteria, we will first engage them to change practices and then re-evaluate our relationship with them if we find that fibre is coming from sources that do not meet this policy. If sourcing from a high-risk area is confirmed, the supplier is made to be:
- Engaged with Canopy and/or independent local communities/stakeholders to undergo science-based, landscape conservation planning;
- Implementing a time-bounded action plan to address and mitigate risk identified, and;
- Validation of conservation and transformational practices as an outcome of these engagements and action plans.
Conservation of Ancient & Endangered Forests and Intact Forest Landscapes
KARA FIBER supports a future that does not use ancient and endangered forest for dissolving pulp to make cellulosic fibres. We will, therefore:
- Assess our existing use of wood pulp and fibre and ensure that we are not sourcing fibres made from ancient and endangered forests areas such as the Canadian and Russian Boreal Forests; Coastal Temperate Rainforests; tropical forests and peatlands of Indonesia, the Amazon and West Africa, or endangered species habitat.
- Work with our fibre suppliers to phase out and find suitable alternatives to any fibre sourced from these regions.
- Eliminate sourcing fibre from other controversial sources including companies that are logging forests illegally and from tree plantations established after 1994 through the conversion or simplification of natural forests.
- Assess the existing supply chain of wood pulp and fiber and ensuring that it is not sourcing fibers made from ancient and endangered forests areas including, but not limited to, the Canadian and Russian Boreal Forests; Coastal Temperate Rainforests; tropical forests and peatlands of Indonesia, South East Asia, the Central and South America (Amazon) and Africa, and/or endangered species habitat.
- Use tools such as Forest Mapper, the Advice Note on Ancient and Endangered Forest Sourcing and the Dissolving Pulp Classification to assess supply chain risks.
- We will prepare a risk assessment of our supply using the Canopy ForestMapper, the Dissolving Pulp Mill Classification, and other available information. We will shares this assessment with Canopy and engage to mitigate risks when required.
- Identify the origin of the pulp and plantations/wood fibre through mapping its entire raw material supply chain (chain of custody) back to the mills, plantations, and forest areas, and ensuring the transparency and traceability of its operations and supply chains.
- Work with our fibre suppliers towards phasing out and finding suitable alternatives to any fibre sourced from these high risk regions, unless prior, meaningful and sciencebased conservation planning has been implemented, in addition to the fibre being from FSC™ certified forests, and that operations have obtained the Free Prior and Informed Consent of First Nations and local communities.
- Eliminate all fibre from a corporate connection, association, ownership or affiliation with an entity which is known to be at high risk of sourcing from ancient and endangered forests and other controversial sources, linked to:
- Illegal activities,
- Violations of the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities
- The degradation or loss of ancient, intact, old growth, endangered or High Conservation Value (HCV) forests and areas,
- The degradation or loss of High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests,
- The degradation or loss of tropical peatlands of any depth,
- The deforestation and/or conversion of natural forests or peatlands to plantations,
- Plantations established after 1994 through the conversion or simplification of natural forests, and,
- The use of genetically modified organisms (GMO).
Recognizing, respecting and upholding human rights and the rights of communities
We will request that our suppliers respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and acknowledge indigenous and rural communities legal, customary or user rights to their territories, land, and resources. To do so, we require that our suppliers acknowledge the right of Indigenous People and rural communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before new logging rights are allocated or tree plantations are developed, resolve complaints and conflicts, and remediate prior human rights violations through a transparent and accountable grievance mechanism and mutually agreeable dispute resolution process.
We will require our suppliers to adopt a policy, systems and procedures to implement Free, Prior and Informed Consent of indigenous people and local communities affected by forest Operations, and also require our suppliers document how they conform with our commitment to recognize and respect human rights, community rights, First Nations rights and rights of workers.
Innovative and Alternative Fibre Development
We will collaborate with Canopy, innovative companies and suppliers to explore and encourage the development of fibre sources that reduce environmental and social impacts. Where appropriate, we will play an active role in the research and development and eventual adoption of commercial scale production of pulp and cellulosic fibre made from alternative fibre sources such as agricultural residues and recycled fibres.
Advocacy for Conservation Solutions
Working with Canopy we will support collaborative and visionary system solutions that protect remaining ancient and endangered forests such as the Coastal Temperate Rainforests of Vancouver Island and Great Bear Rainforest, Canada’s Boreal Forests, and Indonesia’s Rainforests.
We will actively promote our commitment to the conservation of Ancient and Endangered Forests on our website, naming key forests regions. In addition, we will support ambitious international conservation targets, and will be an advocate for Nature Needs Half.
When prompted, we will be ready to use our influence with supply chain partners and decision makers to support long-term conservation solutions.
We will seek opportunities to directly contribute to conservation planning and increased legislated protection in key Ancient and Endangered forest hot spots.
We will preference fibre sourced from forests that are responsibly managed forests, certified to the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) certification system. FSC™ certified plantations are part of the solution.
We will increase our FSC™ certified pulp intake by at least 10% each year and aim to have all our intake FSC™certified by 2026.
Transparency, Traceability and Verification
We will ensure the transparency & traceability of our own operations and supply chains by 2021, and will identify the origin of our raw material sourcing, including pulp and plantations/wood fibre, through mapping our entire supply chain (chain of custody) back to the mills, plantations, and forest areas. We will work with stakeholders to develop third party verification systems of our operations and supply chain and be verified low risk of sourcing from ancient & endangered forest by 2021.
Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Footprint
Recognizing the importance of forests and peatlands as carbon storehouses, we will support initiatives that advance forest conservation to reduce the loss of high carbon value forests, by encouraging vendors and suppliers to avoid harvest in these areas, and by giving preference to those that use effective strategies to actively reduce their greenhouse gas footprint.
We will develop procedures to evaluate our suppliers’ performance in reducing GHG, and evaluate their performance annually.
We will also give preference to suppliers that are not operating in intact forest landscapes or on drained tropical peatlands and that have identified, withdrawn from and are restoring peatlands and their hydrology.
Pulp and viscose manufacturing is a resource-intensive process that can lead to air and water emissions that impact overall environmental quality. This policy does not address these other critical environmental issues, however, we will invest in and use the cleanest dissolving pulp and viscose manufacturing technology.
We recognize the benefit of creating environmental awareness among our customers, employees and peers. As such, we will highlight our environmental efforts on our website and in public communications.
We will be proactively reaching out to Canopy to seek opportunities to advance solutions and meet new marketplace requirements.
KARAFIBER ELYAF SAN.VE TIC.A.S.