Join ICMA for Our New “Greening the Factory” Initiative
In an effort to further improve the card manufacturing industry, ICMA is launching another phase of the Green Task Force, “Greening the Factory.” The purpose of this new Task Force is to develop an ICMA Green Factory Credential program based on existing industry procedures, current ISO specifications and best practices. The program will be available to ICMA members and will become the industry’s “green” card manufacturing endorsement.
As a part of the new Task Force you can:
• Create opportunities and recognition for you and your company throughout the industry
• Be a part of an initiative that can position your company in a positive light and lead to new or increased business for your company
ICMA members, sign up now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-799-4900 to let us know of your interest in participating.
By Al Vrancart
It’s an exciting time for the card industry as we adapt to the changing needs of consumers to officially launch the ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program. This journey began in 2008 when ICMA members and other stake holders formed the Green Task Force, and gathered to make an idea a reality. The card industry, through ICMA’s Green Task Force, has responded to the changing times and taken steps to help create more long term business opportunities.
How did this idea come about?
What exactly is the EcoLabel Standard Program?
The ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program is comprised of two documents. The Indicators for the Environmental Impact of Cards document defines measurable criteria for assessing the environmental impact of transaction and identification cards. This document is the basis for the ICMA EcoLabel Standard Program.
The EcoLabel Standard Program Manual is a document that describes step by step how the program works. The Program Manual outlines how ICMA members first apply to become licensees of the program. Only licensees can then apply to have a product order either registered (an assurance level with no third-party verification) or certified (meaning it has been reviewed by a third-party assessor) after paying a usage fee for each order.
Can the standard be amended?
How can this lead to more business opportunities?
Our thanks to all members who dedicated time and effort to launch this project. Watch for more information in the coming issues of Card Manufacturing.
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