FIPP to launch Sustainability Committee

Finding ways to be more sustainable is one of the top priorities for the media industry. With this in mind, FIPP is delighted to announce the launch of its new Sustainability Committee to help its members make their operations greener.

“Given the intense focus on this area for all our members, a focus that is expected to intensify as sustainability issues continue to grow in importance, we believe it is now appropriate that we launch a FIPP Sustainability Committee,” said FIPP President and CEO, James Hewes.

“Many of our members are spending a lot of money working to independently develop their own standards in this area. We see a real opportunity to help the industry to avoid unnecessary duplication of expenditure by identifying and sharing some commonly-developed standards for sustainable working that can be used by all our members,” he said.

A priority for the Committee will be to identify a recommended sustainability framework of standards and tools for FIPP members to utilise, based on the evaluation of examples of best practice and pre-existing standards from across the industry.

Committee members will also share ideas and initiatives from their own businesses for use by the rest of the group and beyond.

To enable FIPP to communicate with members and develop content around sustainability issues, it last year launched a Sustainability Tracker, a live journalism piece on featuring new green innovations and developments across the industry that is updated monthly.

Initially, the committee will be chaired by James Hewes and will feature representatives from FIPP members, and other related trade associations, with existing strong activity in sustainability.

Organisations that have already committed to be part of the group include UPM Communication Papers, the world’s leading producer of graphic papers; Intergraf, the European trade association for the printing and graphic industries; Two Sides, the global body promoting the use of paper as a medium; and The British Printing Industries Federation, who have their own carbon calculation tools. FIPP members and non-members are invited to nominate representatives to join the Sustainability Committee.

The committee will initially meet twice a year, one of which will form part of the annual FIPP Congress in June. To join the FIPP Sustainability Committee please email


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