Participate as Affiliate

Align your organization’s values with the promotional product industry’s only validated brand safety and responsible sourcing compliance solution.

Value of Brand Affiliation

If you are already part of other ethical business and sourcing communities, then QCA serves to enhance your organizations’ commitment to ethical sourcing and brand safety.

The global supply chain may have made the world smaller; however, an unintended consequence was that it also opened the world to greater risk. Monitoring one’s own direct supply chain is complicated enough. Managing and having visibility into multiple indirect vendor supply chains is even more difficult. This is why partnering with and/or seeking on proven third-party accreditations and certifications is mission-critical in today’s complex supply chain activities.

When investing heavily in maintaining your direct supply chain, it only makes sense to support efforts within your indirect supply chain that reinforce those same business objectives and protocols. Doing so in a manner that does not require additional resources is a bonus. QCA can help protect your brand reputation, maintain your indirect supply chain’s integrity, and help you to communicate your values and compliance requirements.

Moreover, for a modest investment, you can help influence higher standards of accountability and responsible behavior through ethical sourcing and more sustainable manufacturing efforts.

Supporting QCA’s mission is just one way to enhance your corporate responsibility and sustainability program while also mitigating risk for your brand reputation. Designed to make responsible sourcing of promotional products easy, the Affiliate level participation model allows brand owners to work with industry firms in order to better communicate their requirements and expectations. The collective voices will provide the necessary foundation for brand safety and industry accountability.

QCA has become the industry leader in brand safety through responsible sourcing. Whether it is general product quality processes, visibility into manufacturing facilities, compliance with federal and state product safety laws and standards, or general supply chain best practices, QCA is your reliable indicator of transparency and validation throughout the promotional products supply chain. Click here to see our complete knowledge series documents.

There are three ways in which you can show your support for QCA’s mission.

  1. Have a conversation with your promotional products vendors and require proof of compliance and effective processes for social responsibility, product safety, product quality, supply chain security and environmental stewardship.
  2. Seek out promotional products vendors that participate in QCA, or encourage your existing vendors to participate.
  3. Participate in QCA yourself as a demonstration of your organization’s commitment to corporate responsibility and brand safety.

Aligning Values

Formally align with other companies that are committed to ethical business practices and higher standards of conduct in the marketing procurement community. Apply now to participate in the only non-profit, non-governing, independent third-party committed to protecting brand reputations through validated compliance best practices for manufacturers and importers of promotional products.


  • Participation in Affiliate Roundtable
  • List of participating promotional products companies (distributors and suppliers) – updated and provided quarterly
  • Brand safety newsletter
  • Opportunity to drive positive change throughout an industry
  • Easy access to brand safety leaders
  • Enhanced management of brand integrity and risk mitigation
  • Indirect supply chain accountability

Affiliate Participation Requirements

Any organization, that is not considered part of the promotional products industry, that utilizes the services of the promotional products industry and supports the corporation’s standards for promotional products is eligible to participate as an Affiliate. Affiliates help hold the promotional product industry accountable to higher standards of responsible behavior through ethical sourcing and more sustainable manufacturing efforts. They will be expected to provide feedback and suggest improvements and enhancements to the QCA programs as part of the Affiliate Roundtable.

*The organization’s position within the supply chain and for-profit/not-for-profit status will be verified prior to acceptance of a submission for participation. 

Participation Fees

Participation fees are based on two tiers: 1) for-profit and 2) not-for-profit/higher education. All applicants are required to meet set qualification criteria to participate as a QCA Affiliate, before gaining access to the full participation benefits.

  • For-profit = $500 annually
  • Not-for-profit / Higher education = $100 annually

Giving brands the power to protect their reputations through controlled, accountable and transparent indirect supply chains.