Sustainable is our default setting

Unless you ask for specific inks and papers, we’ll always propose the lowest impact solution for every job.

This means:

• All carbon emissions from power and fuel consumed by SCG are offset with NZ sourced carbon credits

• The opportunity to have Toitū net carbonzero printed products and printed services, which includes the right to uses the Toitū net carbonzero logo

• A wide choice of responsibly sourced papers, either FSC or PEFC

• Printing with vegetable based inks

• Recommendation of best finished size to minimise paper waste

• Optimum run sizes to reduce paper waste and minimise obsolescence

• Energy efficient printing and finishing technology

• Paper waste recycling (99%)

• Online print management that allows just in time print ordering


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We have credentials to back our claims

Through a commitment to continuous improvement, we have gained the strongest sustainability credentials of any New Zealand printing company.


Member of Climate Leaders Coalition

As a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition, SCG is helping with New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy.

SCG is;

  • committed to measuring and reporting our greenhouse gas emissions - see the Toitū net carbonzero link below.
  • working to establish our Science based targets for scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions to support the delivery of the substantial reductions needed to limit future warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
  • currently reviewing our climate risk, which we will be sharing publicly in April 2023.
  • electrifying our fleet, with 50% of our fleet of 24 vehicles already electrified, (17% fully electric).
  • supporting our staff to reduce their carbon footprint with flexible working and switching to electric vehicles by offering free chargers at work. 
  • supporting our clients to reduce their emissions footprints with Toitū net carbonzero certified print services.

Read the CLC 2022 statement of ambition.


ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognised standard that specifies the requirements for an environmental management system. SCG uses its ISO 14001 compliant management system to support continual improvement of environmental performance.

Toitū carbonZero

Established by Landcare Research, this programme is widely recognised as NZ's most credible measure of sustainability. SCG was the first corporate printing company to achieve Toitū net carbonzero certification for company operations. We are also the only printer in NZ to offer Toitū net carbonzero certification for printed products and print services and are working to offer our large format clients Toitū net carbonzero  certification on those products as well.

To view our 2021 carbon footprint as verified by Toitū net carbonzero, click here


Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)

FSC is a non-governmental organisation that promotes the responsible management of the world's forests. We were the first printer in NZ to be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

PEFC is an international non-profit, organisation dedicated to sustainable forest management. We are certified by PEFC, the world's largest forest certification system.


Acknowledgement from government & industry


HubSpot Video

We don't follow a sustainable path for the glory, however it's great to be recognised for our achievements. Here are the sustainability awards we have collected so far:

Sustainable 60 Awards 2011

  • Overall Medium Business

Heidelberg Eco Awards 2011

  • Finalist

Sustainable 60 Awards 2013

  • Supreme Award - Environment
  • Strategy & Governance - Overall Medium Business

NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards 2013

  • Commendation Mega Efficiency Impact

Green Ribbon 2015

  • Reducing greenhouse gas omissions

Enviro-Mark Solutions Excellence Awards 2019

  • Winner - Excellence in Climate Action - Small Organisation

Sustainable Business Awards 2020

  • Climate Action Leader Award Winner

Pride in Print Awards 2022

  • Sustainable Business Award Winner

SCG Case Studies