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Flexo Sustainable : Winter 2009
Another major objective is to move forward with our first full board of directors. We have been working with an interim board. Our first full board consists of 18 members. The initial board meeting will be held in March during the National Environmental, Health and Safety (NEHS) Conference. The focus will be on further development of the SGP program and the long-term sustainability of the SGP organization. We are in the process of establishing committees. A technical advisory committee will focus on reviewing the existing SGP registration criteria for the 2010 version. A print buyer advisory committee will focus its efforts on increasing SGP recognition with the print buyer community. Another major objective is to establish a SGP patronage com- mittee to increase support of the SGP Partnership Program. Patronage is an annual commitment with various levels to suit any budget. Companies that become a SGP Patron are promoted on the SGP website and may use the SGP Patron logo on their marketing materials to showcase their commitment to the sustainability movement and endorsement of the SGP Partnership. But most importantly, SGP Patronage supports the printing industry directly by allowing SGP to keep the fees low for our applicants. Q: How will the SGP continue to support FTA and other founding associations, and vice versa? A: The SGP Partnership is not a trade association. The SGP Partnership program is a certifying organization. As such, any printer that contacts us seeking information on how to meet the registration criteria is urged to contact their respective trade association. The associations continue to support the SGP Partnership by providing information to their members on how to meet the criteria. One of the main venues is through the annual NEHS Conference. This year’s event will be March 16-18 in Indianapolis, IN. More information can be found at www.nehsconference.org. The associations already have a library of fact sheets and articles that can help their members. Q: In what capacity SGP involved in the NEHS Conference this March? What is the importance of being involved in this kind of event? A: There are numerous sustainability-related talks at the 2009 NEHS Conference and several given specifically by people involved in the SGP Partnership. On Monday, March 16, there are a variety of workshops offered designed to offer printers hands on training on specific topics, such as Sustainability Management Systems, metrics, as well as EHS compliance and employment issues. These workshops benefit both printers seeking SGP certification as well as those seeking information to implement in their facilities. On the afternoon of March 17, during the breakout sessions, there is a double play—the same presentation twice. One of www. f le xomag.com Winter 2009 Sustainable FLEXO 7 the SGP auditors and I will be discussing the actual process to become a certified SGP Printer. It starts with the basics, such as which application you should complete, what pitfalls should be avoided, what happens after the application is submitted, when and how does the site visit happen, etc. This will be covered in the time allotted and we are trying to make sure we have ample time for questions. During the general session on March 18, I will be offering a status report on the SGP Program. This covers all our activity since “going live” with our website in August, up to the board meeting that will be held in conjunction with the conference. This will be followed up by a panel discussion with three SGP Printers talking about the why’s and how’s of going through the SGP process. Overall, the NEHS Conference provides tremendous exposure for SGP to a wide array of printers. The conference gives SGP staff an opportunity to meet and talk with individual printers and answer their specific questions. It also allows SGP the opportunity to listen to the needs of printers across the U.S. and Canada, as well as input on future activities for SGP. Q: Can you explain a little more about the presentation the you’re giving? What are you hoping to accomplish through it? A: At this year’s NEHS, the program content was developed with a theme of sustainability in mind. For SGP, there are two specific programs: the breakout sessions on the SGP certification process and the general session. There are several SGP-related presentations at the conference. I’m directly involved in two presentations. The breakout session will cover the SGP certification process, starting from the Web site location and application to obtaining SGP Printer status. This includes everything that happens during the application process, the need for having a written Sustainability Management System, what happens during the site visit, and a timeline for these activities. Common pitfalls will also be covered in the presentation. I’m hoping the audience will learn from others mistakes; it will make for a smoother passage through the certification process. As I mentioned before, the general session presentation is an update on the SGP Program. There are a lot of exciting things going on right now with SGP as we continue to grow and expand. Q: In what capacity is SGP involved in FFTA’s Annual Forum? A: At Forum 2009, there is a whole session devoted to sustain- ability. The chair and co-chair of this session have been closely involved with the development of the SGP Partnership and have selected sustainability presentations that will also help flexo printers meet the SGP criteria. In addition, there will be information about the SGP Partnership at FTA’s booth at INFO*FLEX. n
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