Green Supply Chain

Last updated: 12th May 2022

 

In its September 2021 meeting, the BIC Green Supply Chain Committee signed off on its Green Supply Chain Work plan. This Work Plan has been created in line with BIC's Green Promise and Agenda, and uses the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals as its framework. The Work Plan can be found below. 

BIC's Green Supply Chain Work Plan 

The latest progress report can be found here.

NEW: BIC's Designed for Recycling Project: Part 1, Life Cycle Assessment

Project start date, duration & commitment
Launched in March 2022, the purpose of Part 1 of this larger BIC project is to assess the recycling and waste programs that are used in the book industry and report on the materials being disposed of vs. recycled, and the environmental impact in this area. The ultimate aim of the overarching Desgined for Recycling Project is to establish what can be done differently with regards to the creation of books, and to recommend how best to progress to a situation where every book is automatically and always designed with recycling in mind. 

The initial stage of the project is to look at the recyclability of materials in use and establish how much is being recycled, carbon footprint, sustainability, and general green credentials. The outcome of this assessment will then inform  BIC's ‘Designed for Recycling Project' to support responsible production and disposal.

Reporting into the BIC Green Supply Chain Committee, the project group is to be made up of BIC member volunteers from across the industry and is led by Simon Crump, an independent consultant with 26 years of industry experience.

The initial phase of the project is expected to last 3 months and it is expected that the project group will meet regularly online. 

Volunteer credentials and how to apply 
We are looking for volunteers who already have experience of the various aspects of the physical supply chain who are also familiar with recycling and waste processes that are currently being used in the book industry relating to their area of expertise. 

If this sounds like you, please apply ASAP, by completing the application form below and emailing it to info@bic.org.uk

Application form for BIC's Designed for Recycling Project: Part 1

Read the full project brief here.

Read the latest project report here.

BIC's Environmental Accreditation Badges Project
Commenced February 2022 

Project start date, duration & commitment 
Launched in early February 2022, the purpose of this BIC project is to document and map all the current environmental accreditation badges and standards to the digital and physical book industry supply chains. 

The initial stage of the project is to map the digital and physical supply chain with regards to already existing sustainability/environmental accreditations/badges against their place in the book supply chain. To ensure that they are credible, easy to understand and apply, and make sense for end users. The project should determine if the accreditation/badge is global or regional and how much up take there has been of its use. The project should also ensure that the accreditation/badge are robust and hold up to scrutiny, eliminating any that greenwash data.

Reporting into the BIC Green Supply Chain Committee, the project group is to be made up of BIC member volunteers from across the industry and is led by Simon Crump, an independent consultant with 26 years of industry experience.

The initial phase of the project is expected to last 4 months and it is expected that the project group will meet regularly online. This phase of the project will conclude with the environmental badges and standards mapped to the supply chain, with recommendations and a summary of key elements/benefits of each badge.

Volunteer credentials and how to apply
We are looking for volunteers who already have experience of one or more of the various aspects of either the physical supply chain and/or the digital supply chain including printing and production, and who are also familiar with the environmental "badges"/standards relating to their area of expertise.

The project has already started, but we're still happy to accept applications from volunteers. If this sounds like you, please apply by completing the application form below and emailing it to info@bic.org.uk

Application form for BIC's Environmental Accreditation Badges Project

Read the full project brief here

Read the latest project report here.