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.”
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.