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About the EMA Foundation

The Envelope Manufacturers Association Foundation for Paper-Based Communications supports the paper-based communications industry by designing and implementing a key research and education agenda for companies in the envelope industry and the customers they serve. The Foundations seeks to identify and analyze major trends affecting the paper-based communications industry; to position paper-based communications as a key participant in the information age; to develop key relationships with academic institutions and allied industry partners to monitor and support focused research; and to encourage career participation in the paper-based communications industry.

Foundation Board of Trustees

The EMA Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees from the paper-based communications industry. Beginning January 1, 2013, The Board includes the following members:

Please Recycle Campaign

In conjunction with the Direct Marketing Association and the Magazine Publishers of America, the Envelope Manufacturers Association has launched a “Please Recycle” Program to inform consumers that envelopes, along with magazines, catalogues, and newspapers are recyclable...more
Upcoming Events

EMA 2013 Fall Meeting

10/16/2013 - 10/19/2013

Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Envelope Manufacturers Association

500 Montgomery Street
Suite 550
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-739-2200
Fax: 703-739-2209

Maynard H. Benjamin
CAE, President & CEO

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Two Sides

The Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA) has joined Two Sides. Two Sides is an independent, non-profit organization created to promote the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper. Started in Europe in 2008, Two Sides is now active in 12 countries, with links to similar projects in Australia and Japan. The organization has more than 1,000 members that span the entire print and paper supply chain, including pulp and paper producers, paper distributors, ink and chemical manufacturers, printers, equipment manufacturers and publishers. For more information about Two Sides, visit the Two Sides US website at www.twosides.us.
2012 Mailing Industry Job Study

March 11, 2013, Alexandria, VA – The EMA Foundation for Paper-Based Communications’ Institute for Postal Studies has just released the 2012 Mailing Industry Job Study, which is an update to their 2010 economic mailing industry jobs study.  The study reveals that the overall impact of the industry remains strong.  The study determined that there were approximately 8.4 million jobs and $1.3 trillion in sales revenue associated with the mailing industry in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.  

While the difference was slight between 2009 and 2011, the industry saw a shift in economic impact among its components.  The Postal Service, the entire mail production supply chain, and publishers generated less revenue in 2011 than in 2009 due to a decline in volume.  Countering this decline is the increase in economic activity that the mailing industry supports by delivering the goods sold through e-commerce and supporting e-commerce sales through mail based advertising.   

Jobs and economic activity associated with the mailing industry are contained in three categories: 1) public and private sector entities that create mail, deliver mail and parcels, and provide retail acceptance or delivery services; 2) entities that use mail and send and receive parcels as part of their everyday business operations, and 3) entities that sell products using mail advertising or use the mailing industry to deliver their products.   

This study analyzes the most recent information collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in its Occupation Employment Statistics program on employment by occupation and industry, the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States Postal Service, the Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Affairs and the Direct Marketing Association.  

“We are excited to release this report because it shows how important the mailing industry is to the US economy.  It represents over 8.6% of the nation’s GDP and 6% of the nation’s jobs” says Cheryl Chapman, chairman of the EMA Foundation Institute for Postal Studies. To view a Powerpoint presentation of the study, click here

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The Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA) is the world's largest association devoted exclusively to the growth and prosperity of the envelope manufacturing and paper-based communications industry and the professionals who proudly lead it forward. For more than 70 years, EMA has provided its members with powerful advantages to enable these world-leading companies to thrive and prosper in a dynamic global business environment.

EMA Blog: Paperviews

The Envelope Manufacturers Association Blog Paperviews is created to accomplish the goal of moving the needle on people's recognition that paper-based communications is important. The four content categories for the blog are: a) Why Choose paper? b) How paper is environmentally friendly c) Facts about deforestation, and d) Facts about the paper industry.

We invite your comments, pro or con, to the various articles.

The Envelope Manufacturers Association Facebook page has been created. Check it out!

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