Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2010
As part of a broad commitment to balancing environmental responsibility and corporate growth, Bert-Co, a key manufacturer of printed packaging materials as folding cartons, point-of-purchase and specialty packaging, announced today it has achieved chain-of-custody certification to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) forest management standard on its paperboard offering, in both their Tennessee and California facilities.
“Achieving SFI chain-of-custody certification exemplifies Bert-Co’s passion for responsible forest management and its commitment to meet customer requirements in strengthening forest practices and fiber sourcing,” states Arsenio Tudtud, Director of Quality.
With more than 160 million acres certified across North America, the non-profit SFI sustainable forest certification program is one of the largest in the world, with a standard based on principles and measures that promote responsible environmental behavior and sound forest management including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests of exceptional conservation value.
As part of its certification, Bert-Co will be required to undergo annual surveillance audits as well as full certification to the SFI Standard every five years, conducted by an independent, accredited certification body. All audit reports are published on the SFI program website at http://www.sfiprogram.org. Additionally, Bert-Co’s clients will be able to use the SFI logo on their packaging, which shows their contribution to eco-friendly practices.
“At a time when just 10 per cent of the world’s forests are independently certified, Bert-Co joins a growing number of companies who have demonstrated their environmental commitment and leadership by certifying their lands to the SFI Standard,” said SFI Inc. President and CEO Kathy Abusow.
Bert-Co, celebrating 80 years of business, prints retail packaging for a variety of industries, including the multimedia, cosmeceutical, consumer, food, and distilled beverage industries. Bert-Co is best known for their expert consultation and fast turnaround times. Two full service plants serve their clients; Los Angeles, California and Pulaski, Tennessee. Both facilities are ISO 9001:2000 registered and FSC certified. Bert-Co is a G7 Master Printer.
About SFI Inc: SFI Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit charitable organization, and is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program (http://www.sfiprogram.org), which is internationally recognized and among the largest in the world. It is one of the fastest-growing forest certification programs with over 160 million acres (65 million hectares) of SFI-certified forests across North America. The SFI Standard also includes unique fiber sourcing requirements that promote responsible forest management on all suppliers’ lands and a chain-of-custody certification, which can communicate to buyers how much certified fiber is in a specific product. The SFI forest standard is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes, a global umbrella organization that has strict requirements for endorsement. SFI Inc. is governed by a three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social and economic sectors equally.