Graphic Communications Receives National Sustainable Forestry Initiative Award

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Leading paper and print broker recognized for promoting eco-friendly practices.

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Our customers are increasingly asking us to help them make responsible purchasing decisions that are best for the environment. Independent, third-party forest certification standards like SFI are an integral part of the effort to meet this need

Graphic Communications, a privately-held paper and printing brokerage and a Unisource Worldwide, Inc. company, was recently honored with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's® (SFI's) first-ever President's Award for innovation in marketing and communications.

Graphic Communications was also the first paper broker to receive SFI chain-of-custody certification and the first to appoint a Director of Environmental Affairs. In this position for the past two years, Ralph O'Connor has been actively promoting third-party forest certification and consulting with end users of paper products to ensure understanding of the complexities of paper purchasing. This includes providing assistance on environmental policies and forest certification.

"Graphic Communications has done an outstanding job of promoting forest certification to the market and throughout its supply chain," said SFI CEO and President Kathy Abusow. "Their inclusive approach to forest certification is helping to grow the demand for certified product and demonstrating that making sustainable business decisions can be achieved."

Abusow presented the President's Award to O'Connor at SFI's annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Read more about Graphic Communications' environmental paper services.

"Our customers are increasingly asking us to help them make responsible purchasing decisions that are best for the environment. Independent, third-party forest certification standards like SFI are an integral part of the effort to meet this need," said Ken Russell, COO of Graphic Communications. "We're especially proud of SFI's recognition of Ralph's work in this area."

The SFI program is a comprehensive sustainable forestry certification system that encompasses more than 135 million certified acres across North America and includes more than 200 participants.

SFI offers a labeling system for program members to use to indicate that their products are certified by independent third parties. This shows that the products come from well-managed forests. Learn more about the SFI program.

About Graphic Communications:
Founded in 1979, Graphic Communications (GC) is one of the world's largest paper and print brokerages. Headquartered in Hudson, Ohio (near Cleveland), GC has 20 U.S. and U.K. offices that sell and service annually more than one million tons of paper and more than $150 million in printing, with combined sales exceeding $1 billion. In 2003, GC became a subsidiary of privately-held Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

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