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FLEXO Magazine : February 2008
INDUSTRY INDICATORS GMA Hosts Sustainability Summit On Jan. 17, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) assembled a team of more than 500 execu- tives from consumer products companies (CPCs), non-govern- mental organizations (NGO), academia and government to discuss strategies for reducing the industry's environmental footprint and affirm its commitment to sustainable business practices at a major event titled, Environmental Sustainability Summit. GMA represents the world's lead- ing food, beverage and consumer goods companies. "The consumer products industry has shown tremendous leadership when it comes to preserving and protecting our environment for future generations," said GMA president and CEO Cal Dooley. "This summit is the perfect laboratory for our industry to assess current programs and initiatives, develop new and innovative approaches, and to learn from and col- laborate with the nation's most influential environmental thought leaders." Summit attendees included represen- tatives from more than 250 companies, participants from nearly 20 NGOs, and policymakers from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Stephen Johnson, EPA administrator, gave the keynote address. The program featured multiple breakout sessions focused on building constructive partnerships and providing tools in the areas of energy conservation, water con- servation, packaging innovation, commu- nication and lifecycle management. For more on GMA and its efforts in the area of sustainability, check out FLEXO's exclusive online sustainability supplement, available to view for free now at www.flex- omag.com. CDP & CPCs to Assess Supply Chains The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a collaboration of more than 315 institu- tional investors, including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Allianz and HSBC, with assets of more than $41 trillion, is now working with some of the world's largest companies to help them assess green- house gas (GHG) emissions through their supply chains. CDP has teamed up with some of the largest global organisations un- der the CDP Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration (SCLC). New corporate members include Dell, HP, L'Oreal, PepsiCo, and Reckitt Benckiser. They join original members Cadbury Schweppes, Imperial Tobacco, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Tesco and Unilever, announced in October 2007. CDP is working with these companies and their suppliers to create one single standardized approach to provide key climate change information throughout their supply chains. Each member of the SCLC has selected up to 50 suppliers to work with them and to respond to the CDP pilot information request in the first quarter of 2008. The results of the pilot will refine the process in preparation for the roll out and will help customers and suppliers to work together to develop strategies to reduce their car- bon footprints. Some members will work with suppliers at national level, others will work internationally. The project will be rolled out in May 2008, and CDP is inviting more compa- nies to join the collaboration. This will broaden both the geographical and sec- toral scope---and potentially bring tens of thousands of new suppliers into the CDP process and extend disclosure globally. A report will be produced on the findings. www.flexography.org FEBRUARY 2008 FLEXO 19 The color experts at X-Rite Inc. announced the 2008 release of its Fundamentals of Color and Appearance seminar. This one-day seminar is tailored for quality control and assurance profes- sionals, lab technicians, parts suppliers, manufacturing specifiers, or anyone who evaluates or approves color. From the physics of color to lighting, spectropho- tometers and color data, attendees learn h ure, view and nd color data. by X-Rite xperts, the riseasyto erstand and pplicable to nearly every industry and business. The one-day course requires no prior color training and will address color con- trol for a variety of industries, including retail and apparel brands, business and consumer electronics, automotive, packag- ing and their related industries in plastics, coatings and textile manufacturing. As part of the 2008 seminar tour, all attend- ees will receive the Munsell Interactive Learning Kit and a Fundamentals of Color and Appearance book. For the complete agenda and online registration, www.xrite.com/foca08 or call 888-439-4403. Cost is $549 and in- cludes a full day of instruction, lunch and materials. Seminar Schedule: 3/20 - Nashville, TN 3/25 - Cleveland, OH 3/25 - Worcester, MA 5/20 - Valley Forge, PA 5/21 - Charlotte, NC 6/03 - Chicago, IL 6/10 - Toronto, ON 9/16 - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 9/18 - Denver, CO 9/23 - Atlanta, GA 9/25 - Detroit, MI 11/13 - Milwaulkee, WI 11/11 - Long Beach, CA 11/18 - Montréal, QC 11/20 - Grand Rapids, MI X-Rite Fundamentals of Color Seminar PRESSING ISSUES