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FLEXO Magazine : Sustainable Spring 2009
All art courtesy Global Packaging Inc. First & Green Global Packaging on Being SGP Certified I n March, FTA announced Global Packaging, Oaks, PA, as its first member—and the first flexographic printer/convert- er—to achieve SGP Printer status. Certification as an SGP Printer by the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership, of which FTA is a Founding Partner, comes after an optional trial period (certification pending verification, or CPV, status) and compliance with detailed criteria, including the estab- lishment of a sustainability team, the implementation of a management system, the use of SGP program metrics, taking specific steps to reduce the facility’s environmental footprint, implementing pollution prevention activities, and committing to fundamental social and ethical norms. To date, a half-dozen FTA members are currently en- rolled as CPV (see FLEXO March, page 58), but only Global Packaging has the honor of being first out of the gate. To celebrate this long-time member’s achievement, FLEXO sat with Michelle Donohue, vice president of administration, and 6 Su s t a i n a b l e F LEXO discussed the process, the expected and unexpected results, as well as future plans. Q: When did Global first decide it wanted to be SGP certified? Who drove that decision? Donohue:We began hearing of the SGP partnership at the 2008 NEHS conference and at local Philadelphia-area sustainability conferences. Customers have asked us to formally state our sustainability or environmental, safety and quality programs for years. The drive has been from custom- ers, sales, customer service, administration and manufac- turing. We researched other options with other certifying bodies and determined SGP is best for our business model. SGP encompasses the entire organization, every type of printing, and therefore helps us better achieve our continual improvement goals. S P R ING/SUMME R 20 0 9 www. f l e x oma g . c om