Canadian FlagWe have some excellent news for our friends up North. The Board of Directors for the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) has revised our bylaws to include supplier members of the Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC).

Here’s how it went down: We had a request from PPPC to include them in addition to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) as a criterion, it made sense and the board voted to revise the bylaws to include them. Boom! This allows QCA to be even more inclusive and continue living out our mission to serve the entire industry.

While applicants must still be incorporated in the United States, now they can be members of either PPAI or PPPC as a part of the qualification process. What has not changed is that applicants must meet the definition of “supplier:” A promotional products company that manufactures, imports, converts, imprints or otherwise produces or processes promotional products offered for sale through promotional consultants (distributors).

What does this change mean to you? Well, it broadens the number of suppliers who are eligible to apply; more accredited suppliers gives distributors more verifiably responsible resources and this, in turn, offers buyers a more comprehensive selection of safe and responsibly sourced products such as tuques (that’s Canadian for a knit hat for all of you lower than the 49th parallel).

Moreover, that’s good for everyone’s bottom line.