The new grouping was created at a summit hosted by Labelexpo Asia in
In addition to Finat and TLMI, the other five members of the L7 are PEIAC (
Such a global forum has long been advocated by this magazine and leading industry figure Mike Fairley, founder of L&L and
So the L7/8/9 should now press to be represented on bodies like the Global Packaging Project to offer label input on the whole area of sustainability and environment. The GPP brings together the world's most powerful brands and packaging manufacturers to define a common ‘language’ for the global sustainability debate.
Already the L7 has made a positive start, identifying areas where they can make an immediate start on issues like developing a common environment platform and setting common entry criteria for the global label awards, as well as exchanging data and opinions via a new Finat-built website.
The Tarsus Group is meanwhile developing a Global Label Summit in 2011 which will bring together the global label associations, global end users, converters, legislators and other key influencers in a forum where these issues can be discussed.
None of this is to say that regional associations are no longer required. But as an industry we do need a global voice – and fast.