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Spector & Co. Becomes The First To Achieve QCA Accreditation In 2018.


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (February 13, 2018)

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies advance Brand Safety, has awarded QCA Accreditation to Spector & Co.

Spector & Co. becomes the first supplier in 2018 to achieve the esteemed Accreditation for having met the rigorous qualifications necessary to receive the promotional products industry’s only certification dedicated to product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship.

Spector and Co. is a leading North American supplier of promotional products for over 50 years. Employing approx. 400 office and factory staff, Spector & Co. ships from its modern 105,000 square foot facility and offers over 500 products; including writing instruments, journals, tech, travel and business accessories, along with its newest categories, Ashbury Bags and SpecFit. All promotional products are decorated with their state-of-the-art branding techniques.

QCA Accredited companies endorse a self-certification, complete a rigorous self-assessment, and then submit their headquarters and their supply base to multiple third-party audits. The QCA board uses a scorecard representing the performance of the applicant and its supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation.

“We had a department that dealt with everyday compliance and quality processes and worked on our internal policies and procedures. It was a robust system, but there is always room for improvement, and the QCA process helped highlight our shortcomings, said Chris Pearson, Director of Compliance. “This is a big opportunity for us as a manufacturer and for our customers. It demonstrates to the industry how much we care about the compliance, responsible sourcing, and QC process. Also, it gives our customers confidence that we are doing all that we can to protect them and their customer’s brands. QCA Accreditation opens doors for new clients and brands that require QCA certified suppliers for all their orders.”

“Spector & Co. has a history of responsible sourcing best practices. However, like many other QCA Accredited suppliers, the process opened their eyes to a wider view of brand safety and more robust compliance best practices,” said Tim Brown, MAS, QCA executive director – operations. “The Accreditation offered to promotional products suppliers goes above and beyond the average compliance program. Compliance is more than testing for CPSIA and Prop 65 regulations. World class compliance is achievable through a comprehensive program that includes so much more.”

For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, e-mail tbrown@qcalliance.org.

About QCA:

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 when a group of industry thought leaders met to address the safety, compliance and social responsibility needs of the promotional products industry. By providing the tools required to help companies within the industry, Quality Certification Alliance put the necessary processes in place to deliver consistently safe and safely produced merchandise with an eye on corporate and social responsibility.

Tim Brown, MAS is QCA’s executive director – operations. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance.

For more information about the Quality Certification Alliance, visit www.qcalliance.org/.