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Flexo Sustainable : Year End 2011
SGP Partnership Update Three Years and Counting The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, also known as SGP, marked its third anniversary in 2011. Today, the organization offers the only holistic sustainability cer- tification program for all print processes in the United States and Canada. SGP enjoys non-profit status and is dedicated to establishing a benchmark for sustainability, based on a publicly reviewed set of criteria and third-party certification for best practices in sustainability. It allows printers to validate their sustainability efforts to their customers, by providing printing companies an oppor- tunity to demonstrate their sustainability efforts and receive recognition for their actions and accomplishments. Spearheaded by three major printing organizations, Flexo- graphic Technical Association, Printing Industries of America and Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, along with the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers, SGP is an independent certification body with an active board of direc- tors representing the entire print community. The board works diligently to ensure the program’s growth and continued suc- cess. SGP has expanded and revised the certification criteria, increased funding, formed a variety of alliances, and is in the midst of a new marketing program designed to communi- cate the value of the program to a wide variety of businesses involved in printing as well as print customers. Perhaps the most significant indication of the progress of the SGP partnership is the ever increasing number of certi- fied facilities, now nearly 40. SGP has been steadily growing despite fluctuations in the global economy. As the number and geographic range of certified facilities has increased, so have the types of certified facilities. SGP certified facilities in- clude companies dedicated to flexography, offset lithography, screen printing and large format digital printing. SGP certification is a rigorous process in which a facility must conform to certification criteria and undergo a third-party onsite audit. It addresses a facility ’s continuous commitment to sustainability, including aspects such as raw materials, ven- dors, customers, operations, buildings, transportation, energy use, and grounds and maintenance, as well as requiring a sustainability policy and sustainability management system. In the process of achieving certification, SGP certified facili- ties have completed a variety of annual continuous improve- ment projects, including: lowering the amount of hazardous waste generated onsite, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills, increasing energy efficiency, reducing VOC emis- sions, reducing rework, and increasing recycling. SGP Certified Printer and FTA Member C-P Flexible Packaging. who can lessen their impact on the environment with data-driven metrics? working for you. you can. www.sunchemical.com getting more – using less – eco-efficiency Those days of receiving the same standard sustainability rhetoric are over. At Sun Chemical, we use data to assess our impact, and innovate processes and products that are more sustainable from both an economic and environmental perspective. Our “Carbon Footprint Report” quantifies the carbon footprint of our product lines and our “Sustainability Report” shows the results of the metrics we monitor to measure our environmental impact. That’s data you can use to support your sustainability goals. To learn more about our sustainability policy and to obtain a free copy of our Carbon Footprint Report, or our latest Sustainability Report, go to www.sunchemical.com/company/sustainability. To calculate your energy carbon footprint, visit www.sunchemical.com/suncare. www.flexomag.com YeAr-end 2011 Sustainable FLEXO 3