Forty two associations have united to support the launch of the Two Sides initiative in Brazil.

‘By joining this campaign, we take part in the most successful global initiative for promoting the sustainability of printed communications. We will work resolutely to show that we carry out an activity which is essential to people’s lives and to the proper functioning of society. Our productive chain is also important in the generation of jobs, incomes, technologies and other added values,’ said Fabio Arruda Mortara, President of the Brazilian Graphic Industry Association (Abigraf) and the São Paulo State Printing Industry Union (Sindigraf-SP).

Organised by Sindigraf-SP, the launch was attended by the Director of Two Sides UK, Martyn Eustace. ‘To have Brazil join the Two Sides network is fantastic news. In 2013 alone, Brazil produced 15 million tons of pulp and 10.4 million tons of paper. It is now one of the world’s fastest growing economies and with ambitious new pulp and paper projects planned and in production, Brazil is fast becoming a global leader in forest products. It’s exciting to add the fantastic sustainability story of this country to the facts which Two Sides communicates about the paper and print industries worldwide,’ said Eustace.

The signing of the Protocol of Intent took place at the São Paulo State Industries Federation headquarters, in São Paulo, where the protocol was also signed by 42 associations which represent the various segments of the industry. In total, these associations represent over 80 000 companies generating 615 000 direct jobs. The National Newspaper Association (ANJ), the National Magazine Editors Association (ANER), the Brazilian Association of Companies with Rotating Offset (ABRO) are some of the entities backing up this initiative.

To engage in an illuminating dialogue with society and raise the awareness of opinion leaders, public authorities, educators, suppliers and consumers of printed products, Two Sides is preparing several actions. The first action is the publication and distribution of the booklet ‘Print and Paper-Myths and Facts’, with scientific contents backing up the sustainable aspect of the print industry. In May, the campaign website will be launched.

Advertisements will also be launched for various audiences. ‘As the campaign progresses, the adverts will be customised and adjusted to the Brazilian reality’, said Mortara. Another action will the fight directed at specific public/private messages and initiatives which mistakenly associate printed communications with a lack of sustainability.  

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