Biodiversity & ecosystems

Management approach

Material topic: Biodiversity & ecosystems

Importance for Lenzing

  • Manifold biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are essential to humanity
  • Climate change, pollution and transformation of land use are strongly linked to biodiversity
  • The World Economic Forum identifies biodiversity loss and natural resource crises as two of the top five existential threats to the economy, people, and planet in the long term
  • Global biodiversity loss has recently become the focus of the sustainability debate in many industries, including the textile and nonwoven sector
  • Requirements for measures to improve biodiversity will likely evolve in the development of the European Union Biodiversity Strategy
  • As wood is the most important raw material for Lenzing, the main potential negative impacts on biodiversity may arise from increased utilization of wood resources
  • Biodiversity can be impacted by textile and nonwoven products’ end-of-life due to non-degradable materials such as plastic leaking into the environment


  • The protection of biodiversity and ecosystems plays a crucial role in climate change mitigation
  • Maintaining and improving the function of forests in their ecosystems while ensuring the long-term availability of wood as a raw material
  • Cellulosic materials offer a biodegradable alternative to plastics, helping to reduce the impact of lost materials on ecosystems, water and soil


  • Loss of biodiversity in poorly managed forest ecosystems
  • The loss of biodiversity could also lead to a significant change in available wood species for fiber production
  • Worst case scenarios consider potential breakdowns of entire forest ecosystems at the regional level and correspondingly high volatility in wood prices

Guiding principles

  • Strict Wood and Pulp Policy
  • Centrally managed wood and pulp procurement
  • CanopyStyle Initiative
  • Global Supplier Code of Conduct
  • Global Code of Business Conduct
  • Group Environmental Standard
  • Sustainability strategy “Naturally positive”
  • Lenzing Group Sustainability targets

Due diligence processes and (ongoing) measures

  • Lenzing addresses biodiversity preservation through one of two approaches, depending on the global region:
    • Sustainable forest management is applied in the Northern hemisphere by Lenzing’s wood and pulp suppliers in Europe and North America
    • Plantation forestry is conducted mainly in the Southern hemisphere by Lenzing’s pulp supplier in South Africa and by the new pulp plant in Brazil
  • Using wood from sustainably managed semi-natural forests supports biodiversity
  • When sourcing from plantations, considerable efforts are made to set aside conservation areas to protect and maintain biodiversity
  • By implementing circular thinking and high environmental standards in Lenzing’s operations, procurement and innovations, the company minimizes the impact on ecosystems
  • Lenzing has been working for many years with NGOs, customers and partners along the downstream value chain to raise public awareness of biodiversity and take active measures to preserve it


  • Contributing to the preservation of biodiversity and forest ecosystems
  • Ensuring that pulp and wood are not supplied from endangered forests and deforestation, in order to avoid biodiversity loss and other ecosystem impacts
  • Collaborating with stakeholders in the value chain and beyond in a systemic approach
  • Engaging with leading industry standards and guidelines (e.g. Textile Exchange, Science-Based Targets initiative)

Achievements/activities in the reporting year

  • The Lenzing Group has joined the Advisory Group of Textile Exchange Biodiversity Benchmark
  • Lenzing proactively participates in conservation projects to protect the world’s ecosystems
  • CDP forests, climate change, and water security: triple “A” rating
  • Lenzing achieves the highest Hot Button category, the dark green shirt, for the second time
  • Lenzing participates in the Circular Fashion Partnership
  • Biodegradability of LENZING™ fibers confirmed by renowned marine research institute at the University of California, San Diego – effective alternative against environmental pollution from plastic waste


  • Member of the Managing Board (Pulp)
  • Senior Director Purchasing Wood
  • Vice President Commercial Affairs Pulp


  • Pulp Trading (PTG)
  • Corporate Sustainability

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