In pursuit of a more sustainable future, industries are increasingly seeking ways to incorporate environmental and social responsibility into their operations. The book industry is no exception, and the BIC Environmental Accreditation Badges and Standards Map aims to make progress in this area.
Developed as part of the BIC Green Supply Chain Committee Work Plan, this project offers a comprehensive overview of sustainability accreditation badges and standards relevant to the book industry supply chain. This blog post will explore the purpose and creation of the BIC Environmental Accreditation Badges and Standards Map, as well as how it can be effectively used.
What is the BIC Environmental Accreditation Badges and Standards Map?
The BIC Environmental Accreditation Badges and Standards Map is the culmination of extensive work conducted by the Task & Finishing Working Group of the BIC Environmental Accreditation Badges project. This initiative aims to facilitate better purchasing decisions within the book industry and enable the inclusion of sustainability data in ONIX feeds from publishers to the wider world.
The map serves as a curated collection of sustainability accreditation badges and standards, commonly referred to as “badges,” applicable to the book industry supply chain. It provides a visual representation of the badges and their respective locations within the supply chain, ensuring easy access and use.
Why was it created?
The primary objective behind the creation of the BIC Environmental Accreditation Badges and Standards Map was to equip the book industry with the necessary tools to embrace sustainability and make informed decisions. Through meticulous research, the project identified 34 badges, 47 organisations providing valuable information, and 14 regulations relevant to environmental and social responsibility in the book industry supply chain.
By reviewing the impact areas, governance quality, and support offered by each badge, the map aims to empower organisations to improve their sustainability practices. Additionally, the map provides links to external websites, encouraging users to explore further resources and expand their knowledge in the field.
How to use the map
Use the online Map
Access the online map, which presents a list of badges. If you know the specific badge you are looking for, select it from the list. Alternatively, explore the diagram of the supply chain and choose a badge based on its relevant location, then click on the logo or icon of the chosen badge.
Use the PDF version
The PDF version is a downloadable file from the main online map. The PDF version displays basic data about the various sustainability accreditation badges and standards, as well as an information section, that are applicable to the book industry supply chain. For full information you’ll need to use the online map.
For full information and to view and use the map itself, please visit the page within our Green Hub on the BIC website. Don’t forget to also sign up to our mailing list, where we signpost and share all the latest updates across our projects, events and training, best practice information and much more.