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FLEXO Magazine : March 2009
PLANTS & PROCESSES · The SGP certification and annual audits will help CEI stay focused with the metrics we are adding. These are actually "best practices" that help reduce our manufacturing cost while increasing our sustainable efforts. · Our business is located in a rural area and we have an im- mense sense of community pride. · We find customers are extremely interested in our sustain- able process and enter into conversations of their sustain- able success stories. Hammer: We see this as allowing us to focus on things we may not have otherwise looked at. For example, in the pressroom, we are minimizing the amount of ink applied to the web that will not affect performance, yet will yield easier drying and thus energy conservation, and so forth. Normally, we might have said, "If it's not broke, don't fix it." But now we are getting ahead of the game with anilox and other technologies. Q . What was the firm's EHS policy lilce before enrollin9 as a . CPV? Ashford: The SGP has been a way for us to formalize and put structure around our processes that have been fragmented over several parts of our organization. We have established a Sustainability Task Force to oversee activities, establish action plans, set goals, and provide a means for follow-up. Downey: We had a very good policy in place, but we wanted to strive for taking our EHS policy to the next level. With SGP certification, we can continue to challenge ourselves to continu- ally seek and explore new processes or raw materials, which will continually balance our triple bottom line of sound economics, social responsibility and, most importantly, being a leader in en- vironmental stewardship. Fickau: CEI is an industry leader in this area and has received numerous awards. Our current programs are very much inline with what the SGP recommends. With that being said, the SGP program provides a great road map to develop key areas to be a quality printer. It may seem like a lot of work, but once these poli- cies are in place and communicated with your fellow workers you will be less tense and better able to focus on sustainability, new business, and higher quality print work. What is CPV? CPV (Certification Pending Verification) is a provisional status pending full conformity with the re- quirements for an SGP printer within a 12 month period and non-verified conformance with the SGP registra- tion program criteria related to the CPV category. For more information visit www.sgppartnership.org. - Hammer: We consistently meet EPA regulations for air and water emissions. Our safety record has been very good, includ- ing a recent record of 1 million hours without a lost-time acci- dent. We have a focused safety committee, which is now an AIB (American Institute of Baking) new product safety committee. Q . Does the company have any other EHS certifications (i.e. . ISO 14000, FSC, SFI, LEEDS, etc.)? If so, howlon9 have you had those? Do you feel these certifications have accelerated the jour- ney towardjüll SGP certification? Ashford: No, not at this time. Downey: We recently have been certified in ISO 1400l. This initiative has helped us in our efforts in obtaining SGP certification. Fickau: We have ranked highly in several prestigious programs which is quite unusual for our type of industry. We are in the process of initiating three additional sustainable programs, which we hope to have in place by the end of 2009, and are currently receiving numerous environmental awards. Hammer: We didn't have any certifications done in the past, but we do use ISO formats for a lot of things. We meet all the government regulations, though. Q . Where does the company stand ri9ht now in respect to . readiness for the SGP certification audit? Ashford: We still have work to do but are making great prog- ress. We are using the SGP criteria document as our roadmap. We will compare where we are at against that criteria with learn- ing and networking opportunities from the NEHS Conference this month. We will then be able to identify our gaps and fin- ish off our efforts to move from a CPV to SGP Printer Pending Verification. Our plans are to reach verification in the summer. Downey: We have our manual in place and we are preparing for our desk audit. After the NEHS Conference in Indianapolis, IN (March 16-18) we will be prepared for our actual verification audit. Fickau: CEI is actively working on the implementation of SGP's recommended "best practices." Concurrently, CEI is installing a new enterprise resource planning system where we will incorpo- rate several similar sustainable programs into one all-inclusive program to fit our needs. We eagerly await the positive impact our new "triple bottom line" best practices will have on our employees, products, and environment. We understand bringing all of these online at one time will somewhat slow the process to complete the SGP verification; however, our cohesive best-of-class "triple bot- tom line" system should be active by the close of 2009. Hammer: We are some time away from that. The SGP Partnership identified some items to address before we can pur- sue full certification. This includes things such as establishing metrics, and replacing certain films with more environmentally friendly substrates. I am going to learn a lot more as I have been named to the SGP board of directors. . UPDATE: As of Feb. 25, Coating Excellence International has completed its SGP Printer application and has achieved SGP Printer Pending Verification status. MARCH 2009 www.flexography.org FLEXO
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