CHAMELEON LIKE & MODERNE GLASS BEGIN QCA CERTIFICATION PROCESS
The companies have applied to participate in the comprehensive compliance program developed by the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 4, 2013) – Throughout 2012, understanding of the importance of product safety and compliance grew—perhaps because the increased demand for more ethically and responsibly produced goods but also partly because of the rise in media coverage of the tragedies that occurred in a number of overseas factories. Buying promotional products shouldn’t be a risky proposition, for those making them or those purchasing them. Unfortunately, it can be, and this is why Fortune 1000 clients are continuing to focus on vetting their supply chains and requiring their partners to prove compliance.
In order to meet these customer requirements, two new suppliers have begun taking the necessary, proactive steps to provide safe and compliant products. Gilroy, California-based Chameleon like, Inc. and Aliquippa, Pennsylvania-based Moderne Glass Co., Inc. have applied to participate in the comprehensive compliance accreditation program developed by Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products.
Pierre Martichoux, president of Chameleon like, Inc. says that for many years the company has been committed to the environment and social responsibility. “Now that we are growing, we must go to the next step to ensure our products are safe and compliant, and QCA is the industry leader in this field,” he said. “Even though Chameleon like is a smaller supplier, our distributors bring us projects for large end buyers such as Apple, Coca-Cola, Disney, The GAP, Google and Wells Fargo—and they all request product safety and compliance documents. Becoming QCA Certified will help streamline the process internally and provide all the necessary documentation externally so our distributor customers as well as their clients can be confident ordering our products.”
Both Chameleon like and Moderne Glass have begun the initial self-certification phase, which is followed by a rigorous self-assessment. Once these are complete, the companies then submit their headquarters and supply base to multiple third-party audits. Finally, the QCA board uses a scorecard representing the performance of each applicant and its supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation.
While product safety and compliance have always been a priority at Moderne Glass Company, Kristina Fredericks, CAS, BASI, vice president of sales and marketing, says that customers are cognizant of product safety and the risks associated with noncompliance now more than ever before. “Our goal is always to be the best we can be for our distributors and their end users,” she said. “We believe the QCA Accreditation journey will help us to become a better, stronger organization. It will not only give us the opportunity to review and improve upon current internal processes, but it will also allow us to stay in the forefront of current testing requirements—all of which gives our customers reassurance and confidence when ordering our products. As legislation continues to be introduced that effects our entire industry, we know QCA Accreditation is paramount in ensuring Moderne Glass stays on top of product safety and social compliance.”
For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, contact Jeffrey P. Jacobs, QCA executive director, at email@example.com.
Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. QCA Accreditation is granted to companies who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards, which are based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices that are recognized for their strength and effectiveness by QCA Accredited companies, the promotional products industry and end-user clients.
QCA was formed in July 2008, and today 25 companies have met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA Accreditation—BAG MAKERS, Inc.; Barton Nelson, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Bodek and Rhodes; Broder Bros.; Bullet Line LLC; Crown Products, Inc.; Cutter & Buck; Dard Products, Inc.; Design Resources Inc./Caps Direct; Garyline; Gemline; Gill Studios, Inc.; Gordon Sinclair; Hit Promotional Products; Jetline; JournalBooks/TimePlanner Calendars; Leed’s; Logomark, Inc.; MMI; Norwood Promotional Products and BIC Graphic USA; Prime Resources Corp.; SnugZ USA; and Sweda Company LLC, Towel Specialties—with others soon to complete the process.
In May 2012, the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council Charter was created to formalize the relationship the organization has with distributors who understand the value compliance programs have in building stronger relationships with suppliers, creating competitive advantage in the marketplace and building loyalty with their end-buyer clients. It is currently comprised of 15 companies, which represent more than $800 million in annual promotional products sales.
Jeffrey P. Jacobs is QCA’s executive director. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance.
For more information, visit http://qcalliance.org.
Lisa Horn, CAS
Jeffrey P. Jacobs