Ingram’s Lightning Source Receives Environmental Paper Certifications

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Lightning Source has received certification from three leading environmental organizations: the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC™), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC™).

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We congratulate them on achieving tri-certification and commend them on taking an active role to promote responsible forestry globally.

Ingram’s Lightning Source Inc. today announced that it has received Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification from three leading environmental organizations: the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC™), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forestry Certification (PEFC™).

“At a time of increased global environmental awareness and the demand for environmentally responsible products and services, Ingram is committed to manufacturing books in a manner that both respects the environment and helps preserve the world’s natural resources,” said David “Skip” Prichard, President and CEO, Ingram Content Group Inc. “At Lightning Source, we manufacture millions of books annually for thousands of publishers, and we understand the impact.

“As the leader in the print-on-demand field, we are pleased to pass along the benefits of Ingram’s environmental stewardship to the book industry and in turn support the green initiatives of our partners.”

Obtaining CoC certification from FSC™, SFI® and PEFC™, enables Ingram to offer products that are certified by the individual certification scheme that is preferred by the customers that use the services of Lightning Source. By obtaining triple-certification, Lightning Source is able to offer the broadest selection of certified paper to customers. Certified papers will be used in the Lightning Source United States and United Kingdom book manufacturing facilities.

“In a time when 10% of the world’s forests are certified to any standard we are especially pleased to welcome Lightning Source to the growing SFI community,” said Kathy Abusow, SFI president and CEO. “We congratulate them on achieving tri-certification and commend them on taking an active role to promote responsible forestry globally.”

The Rainforest Alliance SmartWood Program, Lightning’s FSC certification agent, is one of the largest FSC-accredited certifiers. Jon Jickling, Director of the Rainforest Alliance SmartWood Program commented, “Lightning Source Inc. is a leader in the print-on-demand industry and SmartWood congratulates their achievement of FSC certification and their commitment to responsible paper sourcing.”

Chain of custody (CoC) is an accounting system that tracks wood fiber through the different stages of production: from the forest, to the mill, to the paper, to the printer and ultimately to the finished book. For publishers, and ultimately consumers, CoC ensures the integrity of the paper supply chain and that the paper used in Lightning Source printed books are from responsibly managed forests.

Lightning Source, a leader in the books on demand space, currently manufactures over 1.5 million books per month for over 12,000 publishers. There are currently over 2.9 million books in the Lightning Source digital library.

About SFI:
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program is an independent, non-profit, organization with a science-based, internationally recognized forest management standard for North America. The SFI program is based on the premise that responsible environmental behavior and sound business decisions can coexist to the benefit of communities, customers and the environment, today and for future generations. Learn more at sfiprogram.org

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. http://www.pefc.org

About FSC:
FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, FSC is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management worldwide. FSC provides internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services to companies, organizations, and communities interested in responsible forestry. The FSC label provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value. FSC is nationally represented in more than 50 countries around the world. http://www.fsc.org

ABOUT INGRAM
Ingram Content Group Inc. provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Ingram Digital, Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Coutts Information Services, and Ingram Marketing Group Inc. For more information, visit http://www.ingramcontent.com
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