Rainforest Alliance to Honor Pictorial Offset at Upcoming Gala
Carlstadt, NJ -- February 7, 2006 -- Pictorial Offset Corporation, the largest privately-owned, single-facility commercial printer in the United States, will be recognized for its environmental stewardship policies and practices at the 16th Annual Rainforest Alliance Gala, May 17, 2006, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
The Rainforest Alliance Gala celebrates sustainable forestry, agriculture and tourism and will present Pictorial ·Offset Corporation with its Award for Corporate Sustainable Standard-Setter.
The mission of the Rainforest Alliance is to protect ecosystems, and the people and wildlife that depend on them by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.&031; Companies, cooperatives and landowners that participate in Rainforest Alliance programs meet rigorous standards that conserve biodiversity and provide sustainable livelihoods.&031; The Rainforest Alliance bestows these awards annually on companies that demonstrate leadership in areas that reflect the values and the mission of the organization.
Other honorees at the Rainforest Alliance Gala will include companies from Bolivia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Columbia, Japan. Receiving the Individual Green Globe Award is Art Wolfe, a nature · photographer based in Seattle, Washington.
Former award recipients include: Domtar, FedEx, Kinkos, Discovery Communications, J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc., Nickelodeon, David Refkin of Time Inc., Alec Baldwin, Jayni and Chevy Chase, Walter Cronkite, Dr. Jane Goodall, IKEA, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Tembec, Kraft Foods, Inc. and Ted Turner.
Pictorial has dual certification by the International Standards Organization (ISO) for both quality (9001:2000) and environment (14001:2004), and was recently re-certified by Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program for forest sustainability through the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) Chain-of-Custody Program.&031;
"Being certified by the Rainforest Alliance through their SmartWood division to use the FSC logo on our client's products is an honor and is consistent with our company's passion for environmental responsibility," says Donald Samuels, managing partner of Pictorial Offset Corporation.&031; "As the business trend of publicizing corporate environmental and social responsibility continues to increase, more corporations, designers and print buyers are specifying the use of printed products that reduce consumption of natural resources."