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Flexo Sustainable : Winter 2008
Greener Grocers GMA Announces New Enviro Efforts O n Jan. 17, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) assembled a team of more than 500 executives from consumer products companies (CPCs), non-governmental organizations (NGO), academia and government to discuss strategies for reducing the industry’s environmental footprint and affirm its commitment to sustainable business practices at a major event titled, Environmental Sustainability Summit. GMA represents the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer goods companies. The association promotes sound public policy, champions initiatives the increase productivity and growth and helps to protect the safety and security of the food supply through scientific excellence. “The consumer products industry has shown tremendous leadership when it comes to preserving and protecting our environment for future generations,” said GMA president and CEO Cal Dooley. “This summit is the perfect laboratory for our industry to assess current programs and initiatives, develop new and innovative approaches, and to learn from and collaborate with the nation’s most influential environmental thought leaders in business, government, academia and advocacy groups.” Summit attendees included representatives from more than 250 companies, participants from nearly 20 NGOs, and policymakers from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, including keynote speaker Stephen Johnson, EPA administrator. The program featured multiple breakout sessions focused on building constructive partnerships and providing tools in the areas of energy conservation, water conservation, packaging innovation, communication and lifecycle management. 4 Sustainable FLEXO WiNt E r 2008 Green Guidance GMA provided conference goers with the GMA Environmental Sustainability Resource Guide, which features association sustainability initiatives and opportunities; willing NGO partners; and sustainability case studies from IBM. The guide revealed efforts of GMA’s recently launched Environmental Sustainability Initiative. GMA councils and committees are all working in concert on this initiative. The project’s mission is to ensure positive impacts on the environment of the communities that the association serves and on the people that live there. The initiative consists of two phases. In phase one, Deloitte Consulting assisted GMA in better understanding the growing customer expectations around sustainability by producing a report reviewing current practices in sustainability and providing a compendium of retailer initiatives on sustainability. Additionally, the Associate Member Council (AMC) published a report on three case studies from agriculture, supply chain and the retail shelf: Heineken (retail shelf) CHEP (supply chain) and Monsanto (agriculture). In phase 2 of the Initiative, GMA established a principles team to develop the mission statement, guiding principles and areas of focus for the Sustainability Initiative. Under the principles team are three substantive working groups—on Packaging, Water Conservation and Energy, and Climate Change. These groups are well underway to developing clear, consistent metrics to measure environmental improvement in the areas of packaging reduction and recycling; water conservation; and energy efficiency and reductions in climate-forcing emissions. The main focus is on activity within members’ control—within their “four walls”—where www. f le xomag.com