CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (December 15, 2017) – Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide Brand Safety, has awarded QCA Accreditation to Starline.


Starline becomes only the third supplier in 2017 to achieve Accreditation status as a result of meeting the rigorous qualifications of the promotional products industry’s only certification dedicated to product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship.


“Starline had developed an extensive compliance program on our own prior to achieving QCA Accreditation. However, QCA helped identify areas of our program that needed additional attention while focusing on overall best practices,” said Jeff Hassler, Director of Financial Analysis and Compliance. “QCA was a catalyst in growing Starline’s compliance program from internally developed into a world-class program. Compliance in the Promotional Products industry is a shared responsibility, sometimes fractured by individual perspectives, but at the foundation laid the same global compliance objectives. These unified objectives are essential to the long-term health of our industry. QCA provides a unique solution to efficiently communicating Starline’s commitment to compliance to all stakeholders in our industry.”


Starline is a Top 50 supplier in the Promotional Products Industry specializing in quality, high-end gifts. Starline is the home of the patented and award-winning TruColor™ digital decoration technique. With locations in Grand Island, NY and Concord, Ontario, Starline remains committed to seamlessly servicing the needs of its North American distributor base. For more information, please visit their website


Tim Brown, MAS, – Executive Director of Operations for QCA commented that “Brand Safety through responsible sourcing has become the mantra across QCA’s Accredited companies and the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council. As such, we are honored to grant this Accreditation to Starline. By placing a priority on Brand Safety and investing in the resources necessary to go beyond a self-managed program, Starline has joined an elite group of companies that are at the forefront responsible sourcing and protecting not only end-buyer’s reputations but the industry as well.”


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.


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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.


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