What Is SGP?

What you need to know about the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership.

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is a nonprofit, independent organization that certifies printing facilities’ sustainable practices. The typically 13-month-long certification process involves a third-party audit to determine compliance with federal, state, and local environmental, health, and safety regulations. Companies going through certification must also form a sustainability committee, implement formal sustainability policies and procedures, and comply with SGP best practices, including inventory management, waste reduction, and pollution prevention. Tracking is another important component of the program to determine carbon footprint. 

Within the process, SGP assists those going through certification with identifying operational advancements and waste reduction.

To maintain certification once it’s established, each company must undergo an audit every two years to ensure their compliance and to possibly identify areas for further improvement.

Learn more about SGP certification at sgppartnership.org.

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