Green Print Leadership Survey and Report

Canopy’s latest search for North America’s Green Print Leaders is now underway.  

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TORONTO, April 3, 2014: Today Canopy is releasing the second Green Print Leadership Survey, updated with valuable input from last year’s printer participants and numerous large print customers. This much-anticipated survey gives North America’s leading printers the opportunity to lay out their green credentials and reap the resulting business rewards.

In 2013, Canopy’s groundbreaking Green Print Leadership Report proved an invaluable resource to brands that use large volumes of paper and printed materials, guiding them to printers that are consistent with their sustainability goals. The survey and subsequent report stands as the most comprehensive independent effort to identify, assess and celebrate North American printers’ environmental achievements.

Invitations to be part of the report are now being circulated to the top 50 North American printers. Canopy’s survey will identify printers demonstrating leadership on a broad range of environmental issues, with a primary focus on endangered forests policies, sustainability reporting, engagement on forest conservation initiatives and ecopaper procurement.

The Green Print Leadership Survey is quick, convenient, and strictly confidential. It will provide the raw data to identify and promote North America’s print leaders. No grades are assigned - instead standout environmental leadership is highlighted and celebrated.

“As more printers develop policies with support from Canopy, the Green Print Leadership Survey will help distinguish the leaders from the pack” said Marcus Ginder, Canopy’s Boreal Campaigner. “Print customers continue to seek printers that truly reflect their sustainability goals”

Canopy will share the results of the Green Print Leadership Report with its 700+ corporate partners. This effort to identify Green Print Leaders is widely supported by the organization’s business partners, including Sprint, a large-scale consumer of paper and print services and an industry leader in forest conservation and ecopaper procurement.

"As a major print customer with a robust paper purchasing policy, Sprint is committed to working with printers that meet our goals. The forest conservation work Canopy advocates for is well aligned with our vision”, says Darren Beck, Corporate Responsibility Manager and Paper Leadership Council Advisor for Sprint.

Thirty-six printers, representing 254 printing plants and including three of North America’s biggest printing companies responded to last year’s survey. The Green Print Leadership report recognized TC Transcontinental, EarthColor, Hemlock and Sandy Alexander as stand-outs in their size categories.

All printers are invited to complete the voluntary, no-fee online survey to gain third party recognition of their sustainability efforts. The survey can be found at

Canopy is a not-for-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, species and climate. Canopy collaborates with more than 700 companies to develop innovative solutions, make their supply chains more sustainable and help protect our world’s remaining ancient and endangered forests. Canopy’s partners include H&M, Sprint, Penguin/Random House, Zara, TC Transcontinental, The Globe and Mail and Scholastic. Canopy’s work relies on the support of individual donors who share our passion for the planet.

For media inquiries, or if you are a printer and would like more information, please contact:

Marcus Ginder, Canopy Corporate Campaigner, 416 644-1021,

North America's 2013 Green Print Leadership Report

View Canopy’s 2013 Green Print Leadership Report to find out who North America’s Green Print Leaders are. Download Report - 3.3MB

3 of top 5* printers in North America have responded to Canopy’s search for Green Print leaders and leaders in Forest Conservation 

The print customers Canopy works with have made it clear they want green print services, and they're looking to us to help them find the leaders and best options in North America. 

That's why we created North America’s Green Print Leadership Report.

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The Value of the Green Print Leadership Report

Customer demand for green products is growing as businesses seek ways to reduce their environmental footprint and meet corporate sustainability objectives. Companies at the forefront of providing solutions are the ones who will benefit most. The days of “quantity printing” may be in decline, but the era of the quality print job is dawning. Diminishing forests and controversial fiber are forcing customers to consider a wide range of paper specs, well beyond price and availability.

Today, the environmental pedigree of your paper and the environmental reputation of your brand are factors your customers are considering and assets that set you apart from the competition.

Canopy's North American Green Print Leadership Report can help you identify leaders and innovators in the print sector.

36 printing companies completed the survey, representing 254 print plants. Participants included some of North America’s largest printers such as RR Donnelley, Quad Graphics and TC Transcontinental.

Canopy’s Green Print Leadership Report can help your business find printers that:

  • Have benchmarks and timelines to maximize use of recycled content paper;
  • Give preference to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper;
  • Have policy language to support protection of endangered forests;
  • Offer paper that does not come from endangered species habitat;
  • Support research and development of straw paper; read more about straw paper in a related story;
  • Support using paper with cleaner (less toxic) bleaching technologies;
  • Transparently share their progress on shifting away from papers originating from endangered forests and towards their ecological targets.

Leading brands have an opportunity to influence printers to make even more progress towards environmental sustainability. Each time your company prints materials you’re making a statement about your commitment to sustainability.  Canopy’s report can guide you towards progressive and environmentally responsible printing choices.

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