Today, every business claims to be “green”. What makes Imprimerie Gauvin stand out? And what does it mean by sustainable development?


By definition, development is the fact of growing, progressing, or evolving, and sustainability is the quality of development that can be maintained over time.


To reduce the waste involved in overproducing books (as a consequence of overestimating sales), Imprimerie Gauvin offers its customers the option of printing lower runs and relying on fast, inexpensive, short-run reprints. With this approach, Gauvin helps customers stay active and grow as they adapt to new market conditions, and the company itself develops strong and lasting ties with the book market.


As a book printer, Imprimerie Gauvin also aims to produce short runs on fine paper or paper that at least comes from a reputable source and has been manufactured in a way that respects native communities. The company tries to buy locally as much as possible and does not use newsprint, the product chiefly responsible – along with lumber – for the clearcutting of our forests.


The activities of paper mills and paper distributors are of concern to Imprimerie Gauvin. The company’s decision to obtain certification from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is one expression of this concern. Certification is not a mere marketing device, but a way of ensuring the traceability of the paper supply chain.


With this certification, the company makes sure that the paper it buys comes from forests that are managed on sound principles, or from monitored recycled sources. Strict standards determine when the certification logo can be used, and the company is audited every year by an independent body. To keep its certification, Imprimerie Gauvin has to demonstrate that it continues to meet requirements.


Imprimerie Gauvin seeks to be acknowledged as a business that ensures sustainable development in its exchanges with staff, suppliers, customers and the many parties involved in the book trade. It sets high goals and is dedicated to achieving them.


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