The paint, coating and printing ink industries have a long history of sustainable practices and providing products that protect, sustain and add value to the built environment, our infrastructure, and the objects we depend on every day. The industry continues to reduce its environmental footprint and embrace sustainability by increasing resource recovery, reducing and eliminating hazardous emissions, offering products formulated to meet specific safety requirements, and supportive of efforts to conduct “life-cycle analyses” that evaluate the relevant environmental impacts and benefits from preserving and protecting the global infrastructure. The industry also addresses its social responsibility by creating health and safety programs to protect the workforce that manufactures its products and the communities that use paints, coatings and printing inks.
IPPIC believes that sustainability programs should be developed and implemented by individual associations in a manner that allows for consistency and harmonization across the globe. National or regional paint and printing inks associations are the appropriate organizations to facilitate and help enhance sustainability programs on behalf of the members in their respective country or region. At the same time, IPPIC believes it is essential that national associations create consistent messages and comparable results when implementing individual sustainability programs. By pursuing conformity, national associations will be able to compare best practices and indicators of performance, and ultimately, companies will have the ability to use a consistent program.
In pursuit of these objectives, IPPIC developed guidelines for national and regional associations when implementing their sustainability programs to provide a useful sustainability framework and ensure harmonization across the globe. IPPIC has also organized a Sustainability Taskforce to provide a forum to discuss issues related to sustainability and determine IPPIC’s role on various matters going forward.