In all its actions, IPPAG follows and refers to the SA8000 international standard: This is a universally recognised auditable certification standard based on international workplace norms of International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This standard is used as the basis for our own Code of Conduct, and for the social audits carried out within IPPAG'S factories.
Code of Conduct
The IPPAG Cooperative has chosen to update its Code of Conduct by aligning this document and its articles on the newly published ‘EPPA’ model: www.eppa-org.eu/english/code-of-conduct/about-the-code.html
EPPA is the European Promotional Products Association, and IPPAG’s President, Mr Soeren Langhoff is an active member of EPPA’s CSR steering committee.
IPPAG has therefore chosen to adopt this Code of Conduct as its own: acknowledged by all IPPAG Cooperative members and partner suppliers.
The IPPAG Cooperative believes we must not only meet the expectations of our customers and consumers, we must exceed those expectations. To that end, we have adopted standards for the safety, quality and integrity of our products and processes and we are committed to respecting the rights of individuals and the environment. We are dedicated to complying with all applicable (local) laws and to conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner.
This IPPAG Code of Conduct is an integral part of our company’s day-to-day management process and we maintain all necessary information systems to achieve this objective.
We expect our business partners to develop and implement internal business procedures to ensure compliance with our policy.
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|Corporate Social Responsibility
In 2009, IPPAG implemented a unique and advanced CSR Corporate Social Responsibility program. In response to increasing demands from major clients and international brands, and in line with IPPAG’s commitment to responsible importing, certified social audits will be carried out with many of IPPAG'S ‘PPP’ suppliers, and IPPAG is also focusing its general sourcing on 'audited' and 'auditable' factories. Thus creating a network of 100% certified suppliers covering all needs for tenders, procurement and incentive programs, and all high profile promotional operations.
This gives IPPAG the most appropriate and the best of capabilities in terms of insuring high quality and safe sourcing for all products.
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There is no one way to define ‘green’ or ‘eco friendly’. Nearly any act of production, distribution, and consumption has some associated environmental cost.
IPPAG'S priority is to provide straightforward eco-responsible information:
Helping you to sort through and understand 'what's what' in the ever increasing and popular ranges of 'eco friendly' promotional items.
Each IPPAG member can guide you in an informed choice of promotional items according to your ecological concerns.
The following categories show you the merits and attributes of our eco-friendly products:
Recycled: made with “post-consumer” materials (like plastic, paper, or metal): this means material that was destined for disposal. In the recycling process, this material is reclaimed and converted into a new product, tending to reduce the need for more chemicals, energy use, and raw materials = a lighter footprint on the earth.
Product example: PET shopping bags made from 90% recycled plastic bottles, notepads made with recycled paper, etc.
Bio plastic: Bio-plastic is plastic made from plants (like corn), not from oil. That means less dependence on oil and less greenhouse gases from oil. This type of plastic breaks down under favourable soil conditions, rather than lasting forever = bio degradable.
Product example: ‘eco’ pens made from vegetable derivative bio plastic
Organic: plant derived materials produced organically: without using chemical pesticides and fertilizers, or using genetically engineered organisms Product example: organic cotton t-shirts or lanyards,
Natural: as opposed to ‘synthetic’: like plant, animal, or mineral products
Product example: jute fibre (a natural vegetable fibre ) or cotton canvas shopping bags
Reusable: created with the intent to be used in place of a disposable item = less waste Product example: reusable shopping bags, drinking mugs etc.
Energy replacement: creating energy through natural, mechanical means = less impact, no batteries.
Product example: dynamo lights and mobile chargers etc.
Fair trade: these policies ensure a fair production chain from A to Z: family farmers receive a fair price for their harvest, environmentally sustainable farming is encouraged, etc.
Product example: fair trade coffee, fair trade textiles etc.
Inspired by IPPAG’S American member Primeline’s eco-responsible collection:
see more on: http://www.primeline.com/eco/
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