A Brand Company has taken an aggressive leadership position toward safety and compliance best practices in the promotional marketing industry. We are one of only 12 distributor-members that comprise the Quality Certification Alliance’s (QCA) Distributor Advocacy Council. The QCA is the promotional product industry’s only independent non-profit organization dedicated to educating and advocating for safe and compliant products. As a member of the Distributor Advocacy Council, we have pledged to actively support suppliers who invest in measurable compliance assurance processes and demonstrate commitment to a controlled, safe supply chain.
A Brand Company also serves in an advisory role to the Promotional Products Association International’s (PPAI) Product Responsibility Advisory Group (PRAG). There we offer advice to industry leaders regarding product safety and responsibility, including state and federal regulations and member education. These efforts, along with the management of global sourcing compliance, the creation of viable overseas sourcing partnerships, and the institution and execution of comprehensive supplier audits, are led by our Director of Global Sourcing and Compliance.
A Brand Company believes that safety and quality are of the utmost importance. That is why we require all of our promotional product vendors to contractually commit to all applicable regulatory requirements, where products are being produced/distributed. A Brand company also requires that vendors contractually commit to follow reasonable and proper procedures for verifying that our clients’ branded products comply with all applicable requirements through the life cycle of the manufacturing supply chain. These vendors must conduct product safety tests using accredited, independent testing facilities to confirm compliance. For third-party product testing, we work with major testing agencies like Intertek and Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (BVCPS), to ensure consumer premiums are safe, legal, and functioning properly.
To establish clear guidelines for our vendors, we developed our Supplier Code of Conduct to help ensure every relationship we enter consistently operates in accordance with A Brand Company’s standards. Compliance with the the terms is required in each vendor contract.
Sustainability, from a corporate standpoint, is about creating a viable long-term model to address the financial, environmental, and social impacts of doing business. For our part, A Brand Company focuses on managing these entities through proactive self-regulation in the form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). A Brand Company contributes to sustainable development by managing our operations in such a way as to enhance economic growth and increase competitiveness while ensuring environmental protection and promoting social responsibility.
We believe we have a broader responsibility to society than just being a company. We view corporate social responsibility as a voluntary action, over and above compliance, that addresses both our own competitive interests and the interests of the society in which we operate.
We constructed our corporate social responsibility framework after the popular triple bottom line accounting model. The model measures an organization’s impact on three key business factors: people, planet, and profits. This was the most practical approach when we considered the varying interests of our our employees, customers, communities, industry, investors, business partners, and suppliers. These stakeholders all have their own individual set of socially oriented interests, intentions, and goals, most of which fall under the constructs of environmental responsibility, social awareness, and economic profitability.
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CALIFORNIA TRANSPARENCY IN SUPPLY CHAINS In October 2010, Senate Bill 657 – the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act – was signed into law. This Act went into effect on January 1, 2012 and applies to all retailers and manufacturers with annual global revenues of more than $100 million that do business in California. The Act requires businesses to disclose information about their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains where they make tangible goods for sale.
A Brand Company has built policies and procedures around the requirements of this California regulation. We require our suppliers to abide by our code of conduct. We often require our suppliers to provide factory inspections, which includes information related to labor practices within the Act.
CONFLICT MINERALS A Brand Company recognizes that we, as well as our vendors, have an opportunity to create a positive contribution toward human rights and to operate in compliance with all applicable laws. That responsibility includes compliance with provisions of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which aims to prevent the use of certain minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries.
A Brand Company does not directly purchase raw conflict materials for products it sells. A Brand Company, and its suppliers of promotional products, are removed from the smelters that produce conflict minerals by many tiers in the supply chain. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act also excludes those suppliers who are no more than “affixing its brand, marks, logo, or label to a generic product manufactured by a third party.” Etching or otherwise marking a generic product that is manufactured by a third party, with a logo, serial number, or other identifier is not considered to be “contracting to manufacture”. For more information, please see the following link www.sec.gov .
A Brand Company is committed to being a socially and ethically responsible company. In accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements effective February 8th, 2013 (16 CFR 1107.24), A Brand Company ensures that our employees involved in our product testing program receive training to deter and prevent undue influence that could yield favorable testing results from a third-party testing lab.