SGIA wants to recognize your company for its sustainable business practices, those daily decisions that reduce your company’s environmental footprint, improve employee safety and well-being, all the while optimizing your bottom line. Tell us about your successes in these areas by applying for the Sustainable Business Recognition award.

Not only do we want to give you recognition, we also want to connect you to efforts being made world-wide.

Businesses have an extraordinary opportunity to make a positive impact on sustainability. More and more companies are aligning their business practices with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to optimize their contribution to a sustainable future. The purpose of these goals is to eradicate the world’s most devastating challenges. This collection of 17 goals and 169 targets serves as a universal platform for monitoring impact and harmonizing sustainability initiatives. Essentially, the SDGs expand upon the original Three Pillars of Sustainability of People, Planet, Profit to be more descriptive and action oriented.

SGIA’s Sustainable Business Recognition Program recognizes member companies that have contributed to the UN Sustainable SDGDevelopment Goals. While there are 17 goals, we encourage companies to focus on the following SDGs:

We believe the targets within these three goals align best with capabilities of the printing industry. However, applications will still be considered if projects contribute to other sustainability initiatives instead. Detailed instructions are included within the application.

How to Apply

Any member company that wants to submit a project, activity, or product for consideration needs to complete an application and submit it to SGIA. Projects must have been implemented in 2020 for recognition in 2021.

Applications will be available November 1, 2020 and must be submitted by December 31, 2020. All applications will be reviewed by SGIA’s Advisory Council on Sustainability, Safety, Health and Personnel in January 2021.

If you're not familiar with the SDGs or are new to the Sustainable Business Recognition Program, SGIA is here to help! Watch this instructional video for more guidance or contact Heather Nortz at Government Affairs.

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Once all submissions have been reviewed by the Advisory Council, SGIA will present the Sustainable Business Recognition award (made with bamboo!) and a congratulatory letter to all member facilities that demonstrated their contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The facilities receiving an award will be notified via email by February 2021. Announcements of the recipients will be made on Earth Day, April 22, 2021.

Sustainable Business Recognition 2019 Award Winners

  • Albert Basse Associates Inc.
  • Allnex USA Inc.
  • Atlas Screen Printing
  • Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc.
  • Beacon Promotions
  • Blanc Display Group
  • DesignTex
  • Evolution Automotive LLC
  • FloorSignage
  • Global Products Inc.
  • Inteplast Group World Pak
  • JN White Associates Inc.
  • Jones Print Technology Pty Ltd
  • Lawson Screen and Digital Products
  • LEM Products Inc.
  • Modernistic
  • Nameplates for Industry
  • NGS Printing
  • Night Owls Print Shop
  • Orbus Exhibit & Display Group
  • Phunkshun Wear
  • Picture This Advertising
  • Print Equipment GmbH & Co
  • Shepard Exposition Services Inc.
  • Spectrum Marketing Services
  • Stahls' Transfer Express
  • Stratojet USA
  • Surrey Digital Printing
  • The Cedarstream Co Inc.
  • Wythken Printing