DRI Team

Design Resources Inc. (DRI) connects consumers to the apparel brands and products that they love. As licensee, designer, sourcing partner or brand owner, the DRI team focuses on apparel categories that require precise product coordination in order to deliver on complex needs.

Working with the world’s finest factories and its own internal product development experts, DRI uses multiple channels of manufacturing origin to ensure year-round flexibility and product availability. The goal is to create innovative and high-quality apparel programs while consistently delivering safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise across all of its subsidiaries.

Justin JackowskiIn this week’s Partners In Brand Safety conversation, we talk with Compliance Manager Justin Jackowski, about how brand safety is a fundamental component of everyday business as well as how the company’s compliance procedures have grown from simply product safety and social responsibility and into a more complete and robust program.

 

1. What does brand safety mean to you?

To me, brand safety is an unmitigated commitment to sourcing product in a responsible and informed manner that ensures compliance beyond applicable laws and regulations. As a supplier, adopting your customer’s core values as your own is crucial in maintaining trust and confidence. Product safety and integrity, social compliance, health and safety, security, environmental awareness and sustainability all need to be a fundamental component of everyday business.

 

2. How has QCA Accreditation benefitted/improved your company?

Social responsibility and product safety is not a new concept, but it is not always clear if the right systems are place until they are tested. An accreditation program as rigorous as QCA’s will help identify gaps in an organization’s procedures and tighten the process.

 

As an industry leader, our partners and stakeholders depend on us to provide compliant and safe products. QCA Accreditation provides us and our customers with confidence that our company’s integrity is trusted and proven.

 

3. How confident were you in your compliance program prior to going through the QCA Accreditation program? (And did this opinion change after completing the program?)

Design Resources, Inc. / Caps Direct has been QCA Accredited since 2012. Before joining QCA, our compliance program was very much centered on social compliance and product safety. Today, our program goes so far beyond these fundamental topics. The QCA Accreditation program has helped us develop and implement systems that enable us to remain at the forefront of compliance.

 

4. What would you say to a fellow supplier that is on the fence about whether or not QCA Accreditation is worth the investment?

If you are on the fence about whether or not you should apply for QCA Accreditation, then keep in mind that although the cost or process may seem discouraging, you will get out of it what you put in. QCA undoubtedly provides the tools your business needs to succeed in this industry.  

 

5. What’s the most common question(s) distributors ask about product safety/compliance?

Some of the most common questions we receive involve our approach to compliance with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (California Prop. 65) among other state product safety regulations. Again, since we are QCA Accredited, our customers know they can depend on us to ensure their products are sourced responsibly.

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