Category Archives: Regulatory Impact

More Certified Paper Stuff? Really??

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What most people don’t realize is that there are two types of “certified” virgin fibers that can go into our paper. First is from managed (read third-party audited) forests. Second is what we’ll generically call verified responsible procurement, where the forests themselves are not audited, but the wood is confirmed to have been legally sourced, and basic environmental, social and local economic criterion are met.

Changes to FSC Group Certification Rules Benefit Printers

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A revised 5-year pilot program for group certification enacted by FSC-US allows any organization with less than $5,000,000 in annual revenue, regardless of employee count, to be part of a group certificate. By utilizing a centralized group coordinator, multiple independent legal entities are able to share many of the basic procedural development and ongoing monitoring functions of certification without dealing with the learning curve and resource allocation required to do so separately. The net effect is cost and time reduction for each group member involved.

USPS, PRC and AMA – oh my!

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On July 26th, Ted Kulpinski posted on “Fighting the Good Fight” in reference to the AMA’s fight against US Postal Rate hikes.  A number of people shared their perspectives on the lawsuit and related controversy. The USPS has petitioned the Postal Regulatory Commision (PRC) to reject the AMA’s request. Jim Tierney at Multi-channel Merchant has a… Read More »

Opportunities in HR and Health Communications

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There was an article in Employee Benefit News last week talking about the challenges that employers and health plans face in trying to communicate the impact of healthcare reform. There is massive confusion among employees about how changes will affect them, and health plans have not reacted effectively to combat this confusion. Some healthcare organizations… Read More »

Reporting Changes Continue for the Financial Industry

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The CARD Act is spawning new changes as Elizabeth Gooding predicted in a post earlier this year on the topic. Regulation is one of the main drivers of programming work at any company producing customer communications. In addition to the credit card industry, there are changes afoot across lending, brokerage, mutual funds, annuities and retirement. What… Read More »