The ELC’s mission will be accomplished by meeting several strategic goals:
- Education, educating youth on the purpose and benefits of flexible packaging;
- Recruitment, attracting, and retaining talent within the industry;
- Leadership development, first-hand experience driving critical objectives set forth by the FPA; and
- Advocacy, collaborative promotion of innovative and sustainable solutions to key external stakeholders.
Jonathan Quinn, e-commerce packaging market mgr.-NOVA Chemicals and the Chair of the ELC, says, "During the past eight months, the flexible packaging industry has proven how critical we are to the everyday life of consumers, and flexible packaging continues to be the most sustainable solution for a variety of applications. While we have tremendous talent throughout the industry, we need the next generation of great minds to push us and solve tomorrow’s challenges.”
One of the ELC’s first projects was to develop a series of videos that discuss how the industry responded to the COVID-19 pandemic; sustainability in packaging; and the importance of workforce development. The videos are available on the FPA website and YouTube.
- Pivoting Our Industry During COVID-19 in Production and Community
- The Sustainability of Packaging in Today’s Environment
- Attracting New Talent into the Flexible Packaging industry and Workforce
“It’s exciting to be part of an association that is looking toward the future of the flexible packaging industry and the development of our up and coming leaders,” notes Adrianne Tipton, senior vp-Innovation for Novolex, and the Vice Chair of the ELC. “The videos our group has put out really demonstrate how critical value chain collaboration is for the success and future of our industry. It will take all of us to, including the next generation of talent, to enable the continued growth and sustainability of the flexible-packaging industry.”