Flint Group implements sustainable supply model

Aligning business sustainability with ethical management

Flint Group
Sustainable supply model for a transparent & ethical supply chain revealed by Flint Group Packaging Inks in new whitepaper. Photo - Flint Group

A commitment to demonstrating robust ethical management is at the heart of an innovative Sustainable Supply Model implemented by Flint Group Packaging Inks, an ink supplier to the global print and packaging industry. In a new white paper unveiled by the company, an ambition to achieve transparent and sustainable supply conditions for the print and packaging supply chain is outlined.

Arno de Groot, vice president of Procurement for Flint Group Packaging, said, “We have a strong sustainability vision embedded in everything we do at Flint Group Packaging Inks. However, this can only be truly realized if we extend our commitments to our stakeholders and suppliers located around the world. The rigorous standards we set ourselves should also be applicable to those with whom we partner, so that our supply chain is transparent and aligned in achieving sustainable business practices and processes.”

“Our Sustainable Supply Model is built on the principles of strong ethical management and, within our Packaging Inks business, we have aligned our strategies and operations to that of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact in relation to management of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. The Sustainable Supply Model complements the objectives set within the compact and is intended to extend our approach to sustainability and ethical responsibility across our supply chain.”

Connecting standards with the UN Global Compact and Sustainable
Development Goals

Initiatives in the Sustainable Supply Model

The recently published white paper explores four key initiatives that have been developed as part of the Sustainable Supply Model. These include — a Supplier Selection Process, which sees potential new suppliers undergo checks and financial assessment to ensure appropriate trading capability is in place; a Sustainability Performance Assessment to comparing supplier performance against 10 UN Global Compact principles and some of its sustainable development goals; a Health Safety & Environment Review to assess delivery processes and compliance to a local and international packaging and labeling legislation; and a Quality and Regulatory Assessment, which considers compliance with regulatory requirements according to product, service, market, and geography.

Potential suppliers are provided with a score, and if all parts of the Sustainable Supply Model have been effectively addressed, they can begin working with Flint Group Packaging Inks.

Flint Group said that it is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures, and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables and printing equipment, including a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic, and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets, and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. Flint Group also designs, develops, and delivers web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, commercial printing, and platemaking equipment for the newspaper industry and computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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