Sustainability certification criteria document now open for public comment
27 August 2021: Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainability certification for the printing industry has announced the public review period for Version 4.0 of its certification criteria. SGP certification is attainable by top sustainability leaders in the printing industry who complete the rigorous certification requirements and comprehensive facility audit evaluating the three areas of sustainability – people, planet and profit. The SGP criteria revision proposed demonstrates a higher level of commitment of printing industry facilities to sustainable business practices including a mandatory solid waste audit, comprehensive quarterly metrics on energy, water and facility management.
“Every five years, we review the SGP certification criteria to ensure continued relevance,” said Marci Kinter, SGP Vice-chair, Technical Committee and Printing UNITED Alliance representative. “In the proposed revised criteria we moved to incorporate elements that spoke to the circular economy in addition to the continued effort to strengthen best practices. Our goal is that through the certification criteria, SGP certified facilities continue to be leaders in sustainable practices for the printing industry.”
SGP certification is given to facilities meeting the rigorous standards of the criteria developed by SGP. This is the only whole-facility certification program developed as a collaborative effort of the printing industry to define what it means to be a sustainable printer and to offer credible validation by a third party. The SGP Technical Committee’s proposed changes raise the bar on sustainability for the print industry. SGP certified facilities are already leaders in sustainable supply chains. Now by placing greater emphasis on documenting their sustainability performance, the new certification criteria sets a benchmark for sustainability in the printing industry as well as in general for process and manufacturing facilities,” said Jonathan Graham, SGP Chair and TE Connectivity representative.
During the public review which is open until Sept. 30, 2021, the public is invited to comment and suggest any additions or revisions to the criteria. The criteria document is on the SGP website at https://sgppartnership.org/2021-certification-revision/