Biodiversity & ecosystems

Management Approach

Material topic: Biodiversity & ecosystems

[GRI 3-3; ESRS E4-2, E4-3]

The World Economic Forum identifies the loss of biodiversity as one of the top three systematic risks to people and the planet. Investment in the protection of biodiversity is also critical to the success of Lenzing’s business. Wood is the most important raw material for Lenzing. The main source of potential impact from the Lenzing Group’s operations and supply chain is therefore connected to land use by forestry. Negative effects on biodiversity can arise from intensified utilization of forests. On the other hand, the positive effects of sustainable forest management on biodiversity and ecosystems are well known1 and can be further explored and implemented. The company therefore continues to innovate in the fields of responsible systems, processes and products that mitigate risks to the natural environment. Lenzing’s innovation in fiber production also provides end-of-life solutions for textile and nonwoven products. In 2021, the company received further confirmation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego that the most common LENZING™ fibers (LENZING™ Viscose Standard, LENZING™ Lyocell Standard and LENZING™ Modal Standard) are biodegradable. Lenzing also joined the Textile Exchange’s Advisory Group for the Biodiversity Benchmark, which supports companies in understanding and mitigating their impact on nature.

Actual and potential negative and positive impacts


  • 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 compared to plastics, which have not been disposed correctly


Business relationships:

  • 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

Policies and commitments

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

Actions taken

  • 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, which is the best achievable outcome
  • Lenzing achieves the highest Hot Button category by the Canopy Style initiative, the dark green shirt, for the third 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
  • Lenzing addresses biodiversity preservation through one of two approaches, depending on the global region:
    • Sustainably managed forestsin 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 (Lenzing Group Environmental standards based on EU BAT and EU ecolabel certifications) 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 conservation measures to preserve it

Sustainability targets, measures and progress

For more information, please see the “Sustainability targets, measures and progress” chapter.


  • Wood suppliers
  • NGOs
  • Textile Exchange (TE) Biodiversity Benchmark
  • Forest certificates
  • Policymakers
  • CDP Forests
  • Wood K plus

For more information, please see the “Stakeholder engagement” chapter.


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


  • Pulp Trading (PTG)
  • Corporate Sustainability

1 Kunz 2007: Artenschutz durch Habitatmanagement. chapter 6.2 Wiley-VCH

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