SGP expands its sustainability certification seeking to establish closed loop program for the printing industry

Focusing on the most relevant sustainability challenges, SGP certification criteria version 4.0 validates certified facilities as leaders in the sustainable supply chain for print.

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications, announced today the release of version 4.0 revised criteria of its sustainability certification which was first established in 2008. The new criteria which will be effective Jan. 1, 2022, maintain a focus on the three pillars – societal, economic, and environmental – through the development, implementation and documentation of a robust sustainability management system (SMS) and series of best practices.

Revised every five years, SGP’s certification criteria establishes certified facilities as leaders in the sustainable supply chain for print and related supplies. The SGP Board of Directors approved version 4.0 which further streamlines the criteria, as well as includes provisions pushing the circular economy model. With a circular approach, the certification makes SGP facilities one of the strongest parts of a sustainable supply chain. Criteria focus on validation and documentation of operational metrics help facilities contribute to their customers’ sustainability goals.

“This revision represents the program’s continued commitment to moving the sustainability needle in the print sector. Now, facilities will be required to discuss possible end-of-life strategies with not only their supply base but their customer base as well. It is our biggest step yet towards a circular economy model that offers clear documentation for leaders in the sustainable supply chain,” said Marci Kinter, SGP vice-chair, Technical Committee and PRINTING United Alliance representative. “Version 4.0 enhances its integration with the SGP Impact Tracker, the program’s sustainability dashboard, to promote standardized metric reporting to help print customers their print production as optimized for sustainability.”

Version 4.0 continues SGP’s program goal of increasing sustainability in the print sector. The SGP certification criteria, in addition to the mandatory environmental, safety and health and energy audits, now require a mandatory solid waste audit; increased emphasis on employment issues in the workplace; and a new management system requirement to review impacts of change in the facility.

SGP certification recognizes 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. Printing industry facilities, printers and suppliers, interested in eliminating waste, reducing energy consumption, transitioning to sustainable materials and winning new business from organizations that require sustainable printing practices visit for information.

ABOUT SGP: The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is the only certification organization promoting sustainability in all printing processes throughout the United States and Canada. SGP promotes a sustainable print supply chain through best practices, innovation, information sharing and validation. The SGP program encompasses the three pillars of sustainability – people, planet, and profit. SGP partners include 3M, tesa tape North America, Cooley/Group, EFI, EMG, FLEXcon, Laird Plastics, New Leaf Paper, Nvent Marketing, Piedmont Plastics, Polymershapes, Sun Chemical, REI, ANN Inc., BrandKey Graphics, Snowball Print Marketing, major print organizations, academic institutions, and other leading companies.