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Publix Receives FSC and SFIŽ Certification for In-house Printing Services

LAKELAND, Fla., August 30, 2010 — Publix Super Markets’ in-house printing services department received Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) certifications earlier this year. These certifications demonstrate to internal and external customers that Publix supports FSC or SFI forestry management practices and have followed a rigid chain of custody process.

Prior to receiving the certifications, the company was audited by a third-party provider and had to meet the following criteria:

  • Accurate identification of certified materials and products on inbound and outbound shipments.
  • The ability to segregate and clearly identify certified from non-certified inventory.
  • Efficient communication of certification numbers.
  • Documentation of procedures and training of associates.
"Publix has been committed to going green long before sustainability went mainstream," said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. "During our review process, we discovered that 90 percent of the paper we use is certified as FSC or SFI, excluding our pressure-sensitive label paper. This meant we were already doing the right things and only had to make slight modifications to our current processes. Now, we can further communicate our responsibility to our customers and associates."

FSC and SFI Chain of Custody certification is valid for five years. Customers will begin to notice either an FSC or SFI logo on widely circulated communications that meet certification guidelines, such as the Publix weekly ad and direct marketing mail pieces.

To learn more about the company's sustainable efforts or to view a copy of Publix's 2009 Corporate Sustainability Report, visit www.publix.com/sustainability.