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Flexo Sustainable : Winter 2009
Directions An interview with Karen Gross On Feb. 4, 2009 The Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) PartnershipSM an- nounced Karen Gross as the organization’s executive director. Gross had been serving as SGP administrator since Sept. 2008. She came from a background that included more than 20 years in the environmental, health and safety field, with a number of those years specifically in the printing industry. Her experience also includes operations in the United States and Canada, as well as being a former OSHA-trained auditor and ISO 14001 auditor. Recently, FLEXO sat down with Gross to talk about the SGP Partnership, its current status, and its affiliation with FTA. Q: Q: To date, how many printers are fully SGP certified? A: Printers that are fully SGP certified are called SGP Printers. Currently, we have five SGP Printers. There are also 24 Candidates Pending Verification (CPVs) and six SGP Printers Pending Verification. The full listing can be found on our Web site at www. sgppartnership.org by clicking on “find a printer” and then “SGP Printers.” How many applicants do you currently have? A: We currently have 35 applicants posted on the Web site. In addition to what you see on our Web site, there are a number of printers who are working to complete their applications—and that number keeps growing each day. It’s a very positive thing to see the printers responding to our certification and their desire to demonstrate their sustainability. We have two types of applicants—CPV and SGP PV. Each ap- plicant is required to complete a basic application that requires each printer be in regulatory compliance, commit to the SGP Guiding Principles, and provide the Partnership with a written Sustainability policy that commits to: • Compliance with environmental, health and safety requirements. • Continuous improvement, including areas not subject to regulation. • Pollution prevention that emphasizes source reduction, reuse and recycling. • Sharing information on sustainability performance with external stakeholders. 6 Sustainable FLEXO Winter 2009 CPVs must create and submit a Sustainability Policy as well as complete the online application. They have up to 12 months to move up to SGP PV status. This requires CPV applicants to create a sustainability goal/annual project, along with creation and implementation of the procedures necessary to demonstrate the existence of their Sustainability Management System. The CPV applicant does not have to wait 12 months for the audit visit to occur. This 12-month timeframe provides those printers who wish to be recognized as starting their sustainability journey a bit more time to get ready for the certification audit. Once a CPV candidate is ready to move forward with the audit, a letter to the SGP Administrator will start the audit process. SGP PV applicants have completed a much more extensive application, which includes questions regarding the written Sustainability Management System (SMS). This includes existing written procedures that cover all SMS requirements, and a goal/annual project has been selected that meets the criteria. In addition, the printer must have adopted/implemented the best management practices as outlined in the SGP registration criteria, as well as adopted a tracking system to calculate material usage/ consumption for the SGP metrics form. By submitting a SGP PV application, the printer is indicating that all elements of the SGP program, as outlined in the registration criteria, are in place and fully functional. Generally, SGP PV applications are audited within 60 days after their application has been reviewed and accepted by the SGP Program Administrator. Q: The criteria and certification process is established, and SGP-approved auditors have hit the streets—where does SGP go from here? What is the Partnership’s next major set of objectives? A: Our next major objective is to further our outreach to the print buyers. There are many different types of print buyers out there, including consumer products companies, publishers, print brokers, designers and design firms. SGP’s goal for the next year or so is to “get legs” in the print buying community and to encourage them to demonstrate their interest and commitment to support sustainable programs, so they will actively seek out and chose SGP Printers over other options in the marketplace. www. f le xomag.com
End of Year 2008
Spring Summer 2009