What is the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership?
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is the only independent organization that provides a third-party certification of a graphic communication facility’s sustainability program. FTA serves on its Board of Directors, promotes participation and represents the flexographic community in program development.
Why should my facility get certified by SGP?
SGP is recognized as a certification program that provides significant value by assuring a more sustainable supply chain. It allows a facility to differentiate itself by having an independent validation of its sustainability program. SGP certified facilities meet customer’s demands for a sustainable supply chain. The program helps identify operational improvements in all areas of the facility, including reducing operating costs, waste, energy consumption and pollution, injuries, and more.
Who can apply?
Any company involved in printing located in the United States, Canada or Australia using any print process is eligible. SGP also certifies in-plant printing operations, and printing departments within educational institutions (e.g. schools, universities, community colleges, etc.).
What are the general requirements to become SGP certified?
First, and foremost, all facilities must be in compliance with all applicable environmental, safety, health and employment regulations. SGP facilities must have an active sustainability management system; an annual continuous improvement project; bi-annual environmental, safety, health and energy audits; implemented mandatory best management practices; and completed the program’s required metrics form.
What is the purpose of the criteria’s Sustainability Management System (SMS)?
The SMS provides the management framework for continuous improvement, which is the cornerstone of sustainability. Those printing operations that have achieved success with their program have implemented a management approach that is both systematic and systemic.
What does the on-site audit process entail?
Within one year of applying, the facility must schedule an on-site audit. Certain documentation included in the criteria must be submitted before the audit to ensure that the facility is ready for the visit. A typical audit takes a full day to complete.
Do we need to hire a consultant to go through the process?
No. Many facilities have completed the certification process using only internal staff. SGP provides a number of resources to guide you through the process and understand the criteria. Supporting industry associations are able to provide assistance.
How much does it cost to get certified?
The application, audit and annual fees are found on the SGP website. FTA members have discounted fees!
How long does certification last?
Facilities are certified for two years. During that time, certified printers must complete an annual project and submit an annual report. They must reapply for certification and have an audit every two years to maintain certification.
Are Government Agencies Recognizing SGP?
Executive Order 4 (EO 4) established a State Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program, directs state agencies, public authorities and public benefit corporations to green their procurements and to implement sustainability initiatives. Under the recently released EO 4,New York State entities are encouraged to issue contracts for printing in which contractors meet SGP criteria.
What is FTA’s role with SGP?
FTA is a SGP Resource Partner and founder of the organization. SGP is now fully independent with its own Board of Directors in which FTA has a permanent seat. FTA fully supports SGP’s mission and assists its members through the certification process.
How can I get on SGP’s contact list and learn more?
FTA Members Holding SGP Certification
|C-P Flexible Packaging||York, PA||2010|
|Global Packaging||Oaks, PA||2011|
|InterFlex Group||Merrill, WI||2009|
|Plastic Packaging||Forest City, NC||2011|
|Plastic Packaging||Hickory, NC||2011|
|Robbie Manufacturing||Lenexa, KS||2010|
|The Robinette Company||Bristol, TN||2013|
|Specialty Printing||East Windsor, CT||2014|
|Starflex Packaging||Point-Aux-Trembles, QC||2013|
|Walle Corporation||Winchester, KY||2014|