ICE Publishing takes its role as a signatory to the SDG Publishers Compact very seriously. As part of the work we have been doing in order to achieve and maintain sustainable working practices, we have been looking, both internally and externally, at what individual staff members and their teams are doing, but also externally, at supplier practices.
My previous post looked at unpacking some of the complexities of the vocabulary around this discussion. It also took a quick look at the ways in which ICE Publishing is using recognised accreditations and certifications to hold itself, and its suppliers, accountable regarding achieving and maintaining sustainable working practices in a complex industry encompassing so many complementary and ancillary partners and parts.
In this post the spotlight is on one of ICE Publishing’s suppliers, a UK-based, family-owned printer that has been in continuous operation for nearly 150 years, and how they have moved with the times. Some of their practices are specific to their particular positioning within the acquisitions, manufacturing, distribution, waste management nexus; others may spark recognition or ideas to take away.
ISO 14001: 2015, one of the most well-known and important accreditations which ties into no less than 12 UN Sustainable Development Goals, is the latest version (last reviewed in 2021) of the ISO standard that ICE Publishing’s supplier has held since 2006. This accreditation’s scope includes but is not limited to
ISO accreditation needs to be reviewed every few years, and this supplier’s current certificate (which ICE Publishing holds a copy of) is valid until February 2024.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditation provides reassurance that the supplier is aware of, and tracks, the provenance of the trees which have gone into the creation of the paper used in ICE Publishing’s books and journals. FSC-certified paper comes from forests that are being carefully managed in order to preserve biological diversity, while also contributing positively to local communities and workers. The FSC has recently expanded its definition of FSC-certified paper from coming strictly from FSC-certified forests to include a very limited amount of reclaimed material that has been assessed as being at low risk of coming from unacceptable sources, and would otherwise contribute to unnecessary waste.
FSC certification needs to be renewed every year, and ICE Publishing also holds a copy of this supplier’s current certificate.
It is very encouraging to see an organisation that has been around for 150 years, operating in an industry that is not traditionally known for its ‘green’ working practices, pivot and change with the times. It suggests that with planning, and intention, individuals as well as organisations of all sizes can truly make a difference.
Find out more about Sustainable Development Goals in our SDG Resource Centre.