SGP Comparison

How is SGP Different?

The Sustainable Green Print Certification is one of many certification programs available to print and packaging companies. Although these other organizations can be a value-add to their members, SGP is the only print-production specific program focused on all aspects within a graphic communication’s manufacturing organization.

The following list offers a high-level description of some of the other sustainability endorsements, each with its unique benefits. Companies may choose to become certified in more than one specialty to meet or exceed their client’s requirements while reinforcing their company culture.

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Wisconsin Green Tier

Green Tier empowers facilities in Wisconsin that are on the path to sustainability by helping them use a systematic approach to minimize environmental risk. It is now easier for Wisconsin printers to be recognized under both Green Tier and SGP through a streamlined process. The common evaluation criteria, audits, and reports make it easy to gain more benefits for sustainability efforts. Learn more at

Forest Stewardship Council/ Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Both FSC and SFI are international forestry certification-based organizations that focus on compliance to laws and treaties, responsible land use, respect of indigenous peoples, reduction of environmental impact, water protection, biodiversity, habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value. These programs include forest management certifications, product chain of custody certifications and fiber sourcing standards.

UN Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG)

Providing substantive support and capacity-building for the goals and their related thematic issues, including water, energy, climate, oceans, urbanization, transport, science and technology, the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), partnerships and Small Island Developing States. DSDG plays a key role in the evaluation of UN system-wide implementation of the 2030 Agenda and on advocacy and outreach activities relating to the SDGs.

B Corp Certification

B Corp Certification helps for-profit organizations meet sustainability, environmental, and accountability standards. B Corp Certification is based on assessment, legal requirements, verification and continual transparency.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

ISO 14001 sets the framework for environmental performance that your organization can follow to improve efficiency, reduce waste and reduce costs.


Global provider of sustainability ratings measuring the environmental, social and ethical performance of companies. The process generates a scorecard of performance and benchmarks companies against other companies in that industry.

Carbon Disclosure Project

CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. CDP links environmental integrity and fiduciary duty and works with organizations to make choices that work for the people and planet in the long term.