by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
FLEXO Magazine : August 2009
INDICAtORs database will generate opportunities to be more innovative and to improve the sustainability of products and processes.” The fi nal step in developing the index will be to translate the product information into a simple rating for consumers about the sustainability of products. This will provide customers with the transparency into the quality and history of products that they don’t have today. “We do not see this as a trend that will fade. Higher cus- tomer expectations are a permanent part of the future,” Duke continued. “At Wal-Mart, we’re working to make sustainability sustainable, so that it’s a priority in good times and in the tough times. An important part of that is developing the tools to help enable sustainable consumption.” The Three sTePs Index Step 1: Supplier Assessment. Wal-Mart will provide each of its suppliers around the world with a survey of simple, but powerful, questions to evaluate their sustainability. The questions are divided into four areas: • Energy and Climate • Natural resources • Material effi ciency • People and Community Under these categories are some familiar questions on greenhouse gas emissions and location of factories, but the list also includes some new areas, such as water use and solid waste produced. For a complete list of the questions, see the sidebar on page 20. Index Step 2: Lifecycle Analysis Database. As a second step, Wal-Mart is helping create a consortium of universities that will collaborate with suppliers, retailers, NGOs and government to develop a global database of information on the lifecycle of products – from raw materials to disposal. WalMart will provide the initial funding for the consortium, but it is not our intention to create or own this index. The company will also partner with one or more leading tech- nology companies to create an open platform that will power the index. Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas will jointly administer the consortium. Talks are underway with additional universities to join the newly formed consortium. Index Step 3: A Simple Tool for Consumers. The fi nal step of the index is to provide customers with product information in a simple, convenient, easy to understand rating, so they can make choices and consume in a more sustainable way. How that information is delivered to consumers is still undetermined, but could take the form of a numeric score, color code or some other type of label. The sustainability consortium will help determine the scoring process in the coming months and years. n INDustRY WE ARE FLEXO. Most people know us for our flexo plates and equipment. But A&V is a lot more than flexo plates. Our broad product line includes everything from anilox rolls to shipping/packaging supplies. In between, we offer densitometers, doctor blades, edge sealing tape, end seals, electrical tape, Epson printers and supplies, just to name a few. We even offer respirators and safety goggles! Ask your A&V representative for a list of our products, or visit our web site and take full advantage of our complete product line. Because we are flexo. And a lot more. TM Toll-free Phone: 866.282.7697 • Toll-free Fax: 800.223.6869 • www.AndersonVreeland.com • info@AndVre.com www. f l e x o g r a p h y. o r g Augus t 20 0 9 F LEXO 23