Regulatory Compliance Part 2—Setting Yourself Apart with SGP

Sustainable Green Printing PartnershipSo you read last issues article “Regulatory Compliance, a Differentiator?—Part 1” and are on your way to getting your regulatory ducks in a row. Now, when a client asks you if you are compliant with local, state, and federal regulations you can say yes with more confidence. You can supply your sales persons with marketing material so that they can tout your company’s regulatory compliance—but what if your client asks you to prove it?

Fortunately, there is an industry specific certification that is the ultimate response to “prove it.” The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is the only whole facility certification program for the graphic communication industry. SGP provides third party certification through a publicly vetted set of criteria. (see:

SGP certification is earned by facilties that have met the rigorous standards of the criteria developed by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP). SGP is the only whole-facility certification program developed as a collaborative effort of the entire printing industry to define what it means to be a sustainable printer and to offer credible validation by a third party.

SGP certification can benefit your printing facility in countless ways. SGP certification differentiates your business in the crowded marketplace, and institutes a more accountable, sustainable supply chain—something more and more buyers are interested in. Oh, and by the way, you will realize significant energy savings, waste reduction, emission reduction, and reduced resource consumption.

Remember all that work you did to achieve regulatory compliance? Well, one of the first requirements of SGP certification is, you guessed it, regulatory compliance. With compliance under your belt you have your foot in the door. Why not really set yourself apart from your competitors and go for SGP certification?

Believe it or not, no commercial printer in our region has attempted SGP—yet. The Government Publishing Office is the only printer in our region to have SGP certification.  Will your company be the first in our region to set themselves head and shoulders above the rest and become SGP Certified? Contact PGAMA for more information.

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