Alphabet Soup of Promo Products Industry: CPSC, WBENC, ETS and QCA Webinar
QCA Distributor Advocacy Council member and SwervePoint principal Juli Sinnett was featured in the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) President's Report. Speaking to major corporations with an active supplier diversity program about promotional products, Sinnett discussed QCA accreditation, and using it to tier SwervePoint's supplier base. "Big brands care about making sure they are not going to put their logo on something that is going to be recalled—right now there is no vetting process in place to make sure that the vendor base is safe," she said. Sinnett went on to explain about working with her colleagues on the QCA DAC to do just that.
Speaking of new colleagues, we'd like to congratulate ETS Express Inc. for achieving QCA accreditation, bringing the total number of accredited suppliers to 26. "As a family-run business, we've always taken deep pride in our creativity and quick ability to respond to clients' needs with leading-edge drinkware products," Sharon Eyal, CEO of ETS Express, said. "But, as we dramatically grew our business over the past decade, it was clear that we needed more formal processes and better controls to meet the pace of our success. The QCA accreditation process has helped us to meet our internal goals in the compliance area and to meet our external goal of giving our customers greater confidence in our company and our products."
Finally, if you missed our live webinar on corporate social responsibility with the principals of SanMar, SnugZ and The Image Group, you can still register and view it on demand. By clicking that link, you can join Jeremy Lott, Brandon Mackay and Jon Levine for a 55-minute lively session on how safety and social compliance are woven into the day-to-day activities of their respective organizations. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how you can make this happen for your organization and/or why it's important to consider corporate social responsibility practices with the vendors with whom you work.
Jeff is executive director of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA). Prior to that, he was responsible for developing safe and compliant brand merchandise for Michelin. He has worked with brands in publishing, consumer products, broadcasting and film for over 30 years. Follow Jeff on Twitter, and QCA on Facebook.