Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00 AM

QCA Accredits SanMar

The company has now met the rigorous qualifications to receive the promotional products industry’s only certification dedicated to product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (Feb. 13, 2014) – The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has granted QCA Accreditation to Seattle, WA.-based SanMar Corporation.

To achieve QCA Accreditation, SanMar completed a rigorous self-assessment and submitted its headquarters and supply base to multiple third-party audits. The QCA Board then used a scorecard representing the performance of the company and its supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation.

Adding SanMar, a Top 3 Supplier in the Counselor Supplier Top 40, means that five of the top six suppliers are now accredited by QCA.

“SanMar takes stewardship seriously and we see our QCA accreditation as an extension of these efforts,” said Angela Schaefer, compliance manager at SanMar. “We have a dedicated team at SanMar focused on all of our compliance initiatives and we proudly share these details in our Corporate Social Responsibility report, available on”

Added Jeffrey P. Jacobs, Executive Director of QCA, “We want to congratulate SanMar on achieving QCA Certification. We knew they took the necessary, proactive steps to provide safe and compliant product, and the accreditation process proves it.”