Sun Chemical has released its first report on the company’s own sustainability efforts, using data-driven performance measurement for seven key sustainability metrics to help customers and consumers understand the company’s environmental impact.

The first-of-its-kind report shows data collected since 2005 from approximately 170 Sun Chemical sites in more than 25 countries. Key sustainability metrics measured in the data include: energy consumption/conservation at production and non-production sites, energy carbon footprint of the production sites, process waste reduction, water consumption, materials safety and employee safety.

Providing a report that shows the ongoing management and monitoring of key sustainability metrics is an important part of Sun Chemical’s recently updated sustainability policy that was unveiled last year at Print 09 in Chicago.

“Sun Chemical’s sustainability policy is different from other company policies and positioning because it is supported by data that goes far beyond that which is normally reported,” says Gary Andrzejewski, Sun Chemical’s corporate vice president of environmental affairs. “Our customers and the marketplace are looking for much more than the standard sustainability rhetoric. They want to know what their suppliers are doing to improve their sustainability performance. This sustainability report does just that with very specific metrics.”

Sun Chemical, with Environ International Corp., has also initiated a project to analyze and manage the carbon footprint of its products. The project includes an assessment of eight different ink products manufactured at seven different facilities in the United States and Europe. The results of this project will be released during the first half of 2010.

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