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Flexo Sustainable : Fall 2013
If failure is not an option... witness first-hand how we’re helping our members achieve exceptional results every time. Click here to see success in action. Whether you’re a narrow, mid or wide web printer/converter, a CPC, a prepress provider, or supplier/distributor, you’ll find FTA’s robust offerings are guaranteed to grow your organization and take your career to new heights. • Technical conferences, events & networking • Education, training & sustainability • Publications & media • Honors & awards • Support & expertise • Surveys & benchmarking • Visibility & brand recognition Get started today. Call Susan Demato, FTA’s Membership Manager at 631-737-6020 ext.11 Sustainability Benefits—Don’t Ignore The ROI Apply Three Pillars: People, Planet, Profit By Doreen Monteleone, Gary Jones and Marcia Kinter Itallbeganaboutsevenyearsagowhenourprinter members began calling us—Flexographic Technical As- sociation (FTA), Printing Industries of America (PIA) and Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)—about “this sustainability thing.” Their customers were asking them if they were “sustainable.” At the time, they didn’t know what it was, let alone how to prove they were sustainable. As we all have tried and still try to help our members, we all knew we needed to define what constituted a “sustain- able printer” and begin educating the industry about how to become a sustainable manufacturing operation. In order to allow a company to validate its sustainability status, the concept of creating the Sustainable Green Printing Partner- ship (SGP) certification program (www.sgppartnership.org) emerged. Shortly thereafter, the drive to become more sustainable intensified. The world’s largest public corporation, Walmart, published its “Packaging Scorecard” and then the “Supplier Sustainability Assessment Program.” Unilever announced its vision to double its size while reducing its overall environ- mental impact across its entire value chain. And, Procter & www.flexomag.com FAll 2013 Sustainable FLEXO 3