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Flexo Sustainable : Fall 2008
In The News environmental management representative and operations manager, Bert Clark, “All McCourt employees did a great job during the environmental audit. They performed flawlessly – no major findings, no minor findings, and no improvement opportunities.” McCourt Label attained the accreditation after a series of au- SGP Partnership Officially Opens Application Process for Printers The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP Partnership), a collaborative effort founded by the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF), and Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), officially opened the application process for printers to become registered SGP Printers. Registered printers will be listed on a registry for print buyers and customers to use when searching for sustainable green printers. Printing facilities are now invited to complete and submit a self-assessment application accompanied by supporting documentation that demonstrates compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements as well as meeting the established criteria. The criteria for being listed on the SGP registry as a green and sustainable printer, announced and beta tested earlier this year, are listed on the SGP Partnership registry website (www.sgppartnership.org). Candidates can easily apply online by going to the “Become an SGP Printer” page of the website. The SGP Partnership’s definition of sustainability encompasses more than just environmental issues. Corporate social responsibility is another major component. As a result, the criteria are based on the three key elements of sustainability—people, planet, and profits. For more information on criteria or the application process, visit www.SGPpartnership.org. dits by NSF at its Lewis Run, PA facility. The site will be assessed annually to ensure continual development of the Environmental Management System (EMS) currently in place. The McCourt Environmental Policy, which serves as the foundation of the management system, follows: McCourt Label Company recognizes and accepts its responsi- bility for the environment as an integral part of its services and operations. McCourt is committed to excellence and leadership in protecting the environment and will strive to achieve this objective through an effective Environmental Management System which adheres to the following principles: • Compliance: it is McCourt’s policy to manage all of its activities to meet or surpass the standards of all relevant environmental laws and regulations, and other requirements. • Continuous improvement: the McCourt Label manufacturing facility in Lewis Run, PA pledges to implement and operate the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System to further enhance our environmental performance. Main objectives are to continuously improve environmental performance by: Investigating the reduction of hazardous and toxic chemicals Reducing, reusing and recycling waste and packaging Improving the efficiency of energy usage We will establish measurable environmental improvement goals and targets and regularly audit and review environmental performance. We will strive for cost-effectiveness in environmental management by improving our operations. • Pollution prevention: We will take into account the impact of our environmental aspects when making decisions. We will ensure that a pollution prevention plan is implemented McCourt Label Achieves ISO 14001 Environmental Certification FTA member McCourt Label has achieved the ISO 14001 accreditation. The ISO 14001 international standard provides both a model for streamlining environmental management, and guidelines to ensure environmental issues are considered within decision-making practices. According to McCourt’s www. f le xomag.com • Communication: This policy will be communicated to all parties interested in the performance of our environmental management system. We will provide training and education to our employees to ensure that they can work safely, efficiently, and in an environmentally sound manner. We will communicate openly with employees, clients, the public, government, and regulatory agencies concerning the company’s environmental performance and improvement plans. Dave Ferguson, president of McCourt said, “We are proud to be one of a few companies in the US label industry to hold this accreditation, and minimizing our impact on the environment will continue to be a focus as the company grows.” FALL 2008 Sustainable FLEXO 3
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