Sustainable Printing

Sustainable Green Printing Partnership

The Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership is an independent organization that recognizes and acknowledges printers who are committed to sustainable and green printing through a formal registry program. 
The sections below briefly summarize the SGP Partnership criteria; printers should refer to the most recent version of the SGP Criteria Document at for complete requirements.

EHS Regulatory Compliance

Complying with all applicable federal, state, and local environmental, health, and safety regulations is a core component of the SGP Program. The SGP Program requires a full EHS audit at least once every two years. Printing Industries has developed OSHA and U.S. EPA compliance checklists to assist printers who want to perform their own EHS audit. 

Sustainability Management System

The SGP Sustainability Management System is the heart of SGP certification. This system is the nuts and bolts of the printer’s commitment to green and sustainable printing.

Mandatory Best Practices

The SGP Program requires implementation of certain mandatory best practices.  The practices are broken down by product, process, and envelope.

Social Aspects

The SGP Partnership recognizes that sustainability encompasses more than the stewardship of air, water, and earth; it includes the stewardship of our human race as well. To this end, the SGP Partnership requires printers to comply with all local, state, and federal employment laws and to provide an equal opportunity workplace which, if necessary, accommodates workers that have adopted English as their non-native or second language.


An important step to tracking a company’s sustainability progress and goals is the use of metrics. Metrics normalize a company’s raw data such as kw-hrs or water purchased by a company’s operations in terms of total impressions, volume of substrate purchased, or other function appropriate for the facility.  The SGP Partnership requires the use of a specific metrics form, available to printers who have submitted their SGP application.

Annual Progress Report

The SPG Partnership requires printers to report their sustainability progress annually.

The SGP Partnership will review the annual report for consistency with a company’s continuous improvement goals. More importantly, the SGP Partnership will post this report on the SGP website for print buyers and the prospective customers alike to review and evaluate. 

For more information visit the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership website

Published on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 (updated 05/30/2014)