In 2007, after 35 years of working in the trade, Augusto G. Casamayor realized that the printing industry is one of the largest consumers of petroleum products, and one of the main causes of deforestation. Casamayor made a conscious decision to transition his business to be one that is in harmony with nature.
In 2008, after experiencing market-based success through environmental sustainability, Casamayor sought the opportunity to make a greater impact by implementing large-scale standards applicable to all industries; as a result, he founded CERTIFIED GREEN PARTNERS® (CGP).
Headquartered in Miami, Florida, CERTIFIED GREEN PARTNERS® began offering educational seminars to help companies mitigate the impact of their operations in the use of paper and ink by offering more sustainable and efficient alternatives, while stressing the importance of implementing efficient recycling programs.
In 2009, CGP began combining international standards, procedures, and practices in one single program with the purpose to certify businesses through a third-party organization. The standards are based on the principles of the 3Ps (Profit, People and Planet) of the global vision of sustainable development that was established by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992.
In 2010, CGP launched their Integrated Environmental Management Program as one of the organization’s contributions.