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Social Responsibility

16 Results

  • CPSC's New Age Determination Guidelines - How Do They Affect Your Product?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/22/2020

    The long-awaited 2020 guidelines were published in January and go into effect on June 1, 2020. The scope of the 2020 Age Determination Guidelines has expanded beyond toys into a variety of consumer products that may be used by children. This webinar presented by Susan DeRagon will review the differences between the 2002 and 2020 guidelines and how these differences may affect your product. New products and New categories! Join us to learn more. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    The long-awaited 2020 guidelines were published in January and go into effect on June 1, 2020.  The scope of the 2020 Age Determination Guidelines has expanded beyond toys into a variety of consumer products that may be used by children.  This webinar presented by Susan DeRagon will review the differences between the 2002 and 2020 guidelines and how these differences may affect your product.  New products and New categories!  Join us to learn more. This session will qualify as an elective for the Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Susan DeRagon

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Susan DeRagon is Senior Technical Consultant at QIMA (formerly AsiaInspection).  With over 30 years of experience, she is a leading quality and safety expert on toys, children’s products, and promotional and licensed goods.  She has conducted numerous technical seminars and webinars globally.  She works closely with companies to provide the highest level of quality service in the areas of regulatory compliance, product testing, quality control and assurance, safety evaluations and inspections.

    Ms. DeRagon is an active member of The Toy Association and ASTM International, participating on several toy and children’s product standards committees.  She is also a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and a previous member of the Board of Directors for ICPHSO, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.

    Ms. DeRagon received a B.S degree in business administration from Bay Path College, Magna Cum Laude.


    Maurice Norris (Moderator)

    Public Affairs Manager

    Maurice is the public affairs manager for PPAI. He monitors legislative and regulatory developments affecting the promotional products industry. Maurice also assists members with compliance challenges facing their businesses and helps them advocate for their companies with various aspects and levels of government. Maurice also serves on the board of the Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition.

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  • Supply Chain Problems in Xinjiang

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Can you say for certain that there is no forced labor in your supply chain? The Fair Labor Association’s Shelly Han will discuss this question as well as the practical implications of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol ban on cotton imported from the Xinjiang region of China. What happens internally in China could cause an impact beyond China’s borders, so it is important to hear the latest on this topic from an expert with over twenty years’ experience.

    Can you say for certain that there is no forced labor in your supply chain? The Fair Labor Association’s Shelly Han will discuss this question as well as the practical implications of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol ban on cotton imported from the Xinjiang region of China. What happens internally in China could cause an impact beyond China’s borders, so it is important to hear the latest on this topic from an expert with over twenty years’ experience.

    Shelly Heald Han

    Director for Civil Society Engagement, Fair Labor Association

    Shelly Heald Han joined the Fair Labor Association as the Director for Civil Society Engagement in May 2016. Prior to joining the FLA, Shelly worked extensively with NGOs around the world as a senior policy advisor to members of Congress at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe from 2006 to 2016. While there, she wrote legislation, organized hearings, and launched human rights advocacy campaigns focused on combating corruption, supporting human rights defenders and journalists, and advancing online freedom.

    From 2000 to 2006, Shelly worked in the executive branch in policy positions on trade, national security and immigration at the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the government, she worked in the private sector helping companies do business—and do the right thing—in international markets. Shelly has an MA in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a double-major BA in Political Science and East Asian Studies from the University of Arizona. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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  • Expo 2020: Corporate Social Responsibility Panel: More Than Buzz Words

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/13/2020

    This session will be a panel discussion on the give-first economy, giveback marketing programs and venture philanthropy-but no matter how you phrase it, the topic of corporate social responsibility makes a positive impact on companies and communities as a whole. More and more buyers of promotional products and consumer goods have an innate desire to connect with brands that are committed to social causes and a genuine story to back their commitment. Distributors and suppliers have unique selling opportunities when adding cause marketing outcomes to the relationship, and successful execution of this makes a difference when end buyers decide on a product.

    This session will be a panel discussion on the give-first economy, giveback marketing programs and venture philanthropy-but no matter how you phrase it, the topic of corporate social responsibility makes a positive impact on companies and communities as a whole. More and more buyers of promotional products and consumer goods have an innate desire to connect with brands that are committed to social causes and a genuine story to back their commitment. Distributors and suppliers have unique selling opportunities when adding cause marketing outcomes to the relationship, and successful execution of this makes a difference when end buyers decide on a product.

    Paul Bellantone, CAE

    President and Chief Executive Officer of the Promotional Products Association International

    Paul Bellantone, CAE, is president and CEO of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit association for more than 16,000 member companies in the $24.7 billion-dollar promotional products industry. Bellantone is responsible for executing the strategies and vision of the PPAI Board of Directors and advocating for the industry and its professional practitioners. His focus on delivering compelling member value and business-building products and services, combined with his commitment to active and meaningful member communication, has helped PPAI achieve marked growth. Bellantone holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master’s in business administration from the School of Management at Texas Woman's University. He is a Certified Association Executive and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives, the American Marketing Association, the Dallas/Fort Worth AMA and a board trustee for The Forum: Business Results Through People.

    Danny Rosin, CAS

    Co-owner

    Danny Rosin, CAS, is co-owner of Brand Fuel, Inc. and an executive board member at PPAI. He serves on the boards of The American Marketing Association Triangle Chapter, Arc Benders and A Place at The Table, a “pay what you can” café. He is the co-founder of Band Together, a nonprofit that has donated $10 million to 18 unique nonprofits through live music experiences. Rosin is also the co-founder of PromoKitchen, PromoCares and Reciprocity Road. He has served as president of Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP) and volunteered on many PPAI committees. Rosin is a tireless community builder who likes to start organizations and do the important work of things that matter. He is married with two daughters who are 12 and 14 and has come to grips with the idea that well-behaved women rarely make history.

    Jeremy Lott

    President

    Today, as President of the family-owned business, Jeremy works in partnership with his father, Marty and his brother, Jordan. Over the years Jeremy learned the business from the inside out, from pulling orders to purchasing. After college and a stint studying in Hong Kong, he launched his career as an analyst for investment bank Piper Jaffray's technology team. Jeremy moved to Chicago in 2001 to earn his MBA, and then joined SanMar full-time. Adding strategy to vision, he continues to steward the company toward long-term growth and health. Proud of the opportunities given to so many tenured staff members to thrive, he often spends time "table-hopping" at the company's on-site café. He learns a lot during those casual conversations because, he says, employees have the pulse on what's really going on in their arenas. The father of six young children, Jeremy discovered that a work/life balance holds the key to maximum productivity. He enjoys spending time outdoors — skiing, hiking, boating and generally staying active.

    Denise Taschereau

    CEO and cofounder of Fairware

    Denise is (CEO) and Co-founder of Fairware where she is responsible for business development, product sourcing as well as Fairware’s ethical sourcing and sustainability programs. Denise got the idea to launch Fairware when she noticed how difficult it was to source promotional merchandise that reflected the social and environmental priorities of many of the brands and organizations she admired. Prior to starting Fairware, Denise spent seven years as the Director of Sustainability and Community for Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada’s largest outdoor retailer. She is currently working with the B Corp community and leading NGOs advocating for business leaders to take action on climate issues. Denise was a member of ETSY’s Manufacturing Advisory Board, a Board Member with the Green Meeting Industry Council and the past co-chair of Vision Vancouver. She has a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University. She lives in Vancouver with her partner, their two boys and lots of bicycles


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  • Expo 2020: The Future of Corporate Sustainability

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/12/2020

    Join Yalmaz Siddiqui for this session on the future of corporate sustainability and what action items you can start to implement for your company. Yalmaz is a subject matter expert on sustainable purchasing and has been leading the conversation since 2016. He is responsible for developing an advanced sustainability strategy framework for MGM Resorts, including metrics and targets, project accountability and roles, and reporting strategy.

    Join Yalmaz Siddiqui for this session on the future of corporate sustainability and what action items you can start to implement for your company. Yalmaz is a subject matter expert on sustainable purchasing and has been leading the conversation since 2016. He is responsible for developing an advanced sustainability strategy framework for MGM Resorts, including metrics and targets, project accountability and roles, and reporting strategy. 

    Yalmaz Siddiqui

    Vice President, Corporate Sustainability - MGM Resorts International

    Yalmaz Siddiqui is Vice President, Corporate Sustainability at MGM Resorts International. He leads the company’s overall Environmental Management Program including policy, goals and reporting, and manages a number of specific initiatives including sustainable events, food waste reduction, environmentally preferable purchasing, and circular economy. Prior to MGM, Yalmaz was Senior Director, Sustainability at Office Depot where he set strategy and led a number of industry-leading social and environmental programs. He helped the company reduce total carbon emissions 40%, grow sales of environmentally preferable products from $1.2B to $3.2B, and reach a ranking of #1 greenest large retailer in America in Newsweek’s green rankings, for three consecutive years. Before Office Depot, Yalmaz was a management consultant at PwC and IBM Consulting where he focused on business-to-business customer strategy and operational performance improvement. A global expert in sustainable purchasing, Yalmaz was the Founding Chair of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, He also serves on the Board of Impact NV, Nevada’s leading sustainability non-profit. Yalmaz has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill in Canada. He also completed a Master’s in Environment & Development in 1994 at Cambridge in England. His thesis focused on industrial ecology, biomimicry, materials reutilization, and life cycle analysis.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Keynote: Modern Slavery And Human Trafficking—What Are Your Obligations?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Michael R. Littenberg, an attorney and partner with Ropes and Gray, will review why this issue is still relevant and who is at risk. Littenberg will review what is required to comply with the UK Modern Slavery Act, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, as well as emerging regulations in Australia, Canada and other countries.

    Michael R. Littenberg, an attorney and partner with Ropes and Gray, will review why this issue is still relevant and who is at risk. Littenberg will review what is required to comply with the UK Modern Slavery Act, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, as well as emerging regulations in Australia, Canada and other countries.

    Michael Littenberg

    Senior Partner, Ropes & Gray

    Michael Littenberg is a senior partner at Ropes & Gray.  As part of his practice, for almost 30 years, Michael has been active in advising leading public and private companies, asset managers and asset owners on ESG, corporate social responsibility and supply chain compliance matters, and he is widely viewed as a leading practitioner in this emerging area.  Michael advises clients on, among other things: compliance with a wide range of enacted, pending and proposed regulatory requirements, “soft law” instruments and industry and NGO codes of conduct, standards, frameworks and guidance; due diligence; risk and impact assessments; structuring and implementing tailored compliance policies, procedures, programs and codes of conduct; public benefit corporations; impact and socially responsible investing; green bonds; training; benchmarking; regulatory and voluntary disclosures and other communications; stakeholder engagement; crisis management; and grievance mechanisms.  Michael has authored over 100 articles and other thought leadership pieces on ESG, corporate social responsibility and supply chain compliance, is highly ranked on numerous top influencer lists and has been a member of numerous advisory panels on a range of issues in this subject area.  Michael can be contacted at michael.littenberg@ropesgray.com.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Social Responsibility

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    What drives social responsibility initiatives? What are the key issues our clients need answered?

    What drives social responsibility initiatives? What are the key issues our clients need answered?

    Frank Vasquez

    Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Hanesbrand, Inc.

    Frank Vasquez is the director of corporate social responsibility for Hanesbrands Inc. He received his B.S. in systems design engineering from ITESM (Monterrey Technological Institute) In Monterrey, Mexico. He started his career with Hanes (Sara Lee at the time) 20 years ago as an engineer at the Dominican Republic operations. In 2003, he was moved to the corporate headquarters to lead the underwear operations in the safety and environmental areas. In 2006 when Hanes spun from Sara Lee, Frank was part of the team that started the corporate social responsibility initiative for the new company. As global director of CSR, Frank leads the company initiatives in ethics, compliance sustainability and community relations. Since 2010, he has led Hanes’ global community relations flagship program Green for Good with the implementation of life changing programs in the areas health, environmental sustainability and education in the communities where Hanes is located around the globe. In Winston Salem, where he resides, he is actively involved with the Hispanic League sitting on their education committee working with youngster to stay in school.

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  • Product Responsibility Summit 2019: Sourcing Beyond China

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The recent focus on tariffs has driven many companies to seek new sources for product manufacturing, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. This panel will address the many issues you’ll need to consider including the regulatory climate of the country, logistics, known human rights issues, availability of raw materials and much, much more.

    The recent focus on tariffs has driven many companies to seek new sources for product manufacturing, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds. This panel will address the many issues you’ll need to consider including the regulatory climate of the country, logistics, known human rights issues, availability of raw materials and much, much more.

    Nathan Cotter

    Vice President of Compliance, Hit Promotional Products, Inc.

    Nathan Cotter is the vice president of compliance at Hit Promotional Products, Inc., ranked among the top 5 promotional product suppliers in the nation.  The compliance team at Hit is comprised of 5 full-time members responsible for product safety, regulatory compliance, and social responsibility throughout a diverse supply chain.  Nathan holds a BA from Monmouth College, is a member of PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group and also serves on the QCA Compliance Committee.  

    Cassi Wright

    Training and Capacity Manager, FLA

    Cassi Wright is the training and capacity building manager for FLA. Cassi joined the FLA in 2017 to build and develop the training and capacity building program for the FLA’s 2,500+ affiliates. Her goal is to help companies implement and sustain higher labor standards through various forms of guidance, training, resources, and tools. She focuses on identifying supply chain gaps in order to employ capacity building where the risk is greatest to workers. Previously, Cassi worked as a CSR/Sustainability consultant at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), a global non-profit, where she advised global Fortune 500 companies on strategy, remediation, and integration efforts focused on manufacturing and sourcing, labor rights, supplier engagement, and human rights impact assessments. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at Mars & Co., working in multiple industries and markets to develop high-level strategies for multi-national companies. Cassi served as rotary ambassador in the Dominican Republic and was a business Fulbright-Garcia Robles scholar in Mexico, where she worked at Scotiabank. She obtained her B.A. in organizational development and spanish from Claremont Mckenna College in 2003 and her M.B.A. from The Peter F. Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University in 2004.

    Larry Whitney

    Director, Global Compliance, PCNA

    Larry Whitney has been with Polyconcept since 2005. As director, global compliance, he provides guidance to Polyconcept’s business units – PCNA in North America, PFCI in Europe and Polyconcept GBS in Asia—on issues related to corporate social responsibility, product safety, and import regulations.   Larry also manages PCNA’s North American import operations, including the logistics teams moving cargo to the US from over a dozen countries around the world.

    Larry is a past president of the Board of Directors for Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), and serves on QCA’s compliance committee.   He also serves on PPAI’s Product Responsibility Action Group. In addition, for a number of years he has participated in PPAI’s L.E.A.D. meetings on Capitol Hill, educating members of Congress on key issues related to the promotional products industry.
    Larry is a Certified Supply Chain Professional through APICS, and has a certificate in Product Safety Management from the John Cook School of Business at St. Louis University.  He has spoken on issues related to product safety and regulations governing imported products at events held by the International Product Health and Safety Organization, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones and PPAI.

    Oliver Knack

    CEO, Asia Quality Focus (AQF)

    Oliver Knack is the CEO of Asia Quality Focus (AQF), a quality control solutions company offering product inspection, factory audit and lab testing to clients importing promotional products and other consumer goods from Asia. Originally from Australia, Oliver has worked in manufacturing, sourcing and quality control in various capacities and visited and worked in hundreds of factories in the Asia Pacific region.

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  • Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Package

    Contains 16 Product(s)

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following: Have a current CAS Certification Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes Complete 35 MAS elective credits Re-certification every three years (by earning 30 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application)

    The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) Program requires the following:

    1. Have a current CAS Certification 
    2. Complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org
    3. Complete 35 MAS elective credits 
    4. Re-certification every three years (by earning 30 additional CAS or MAS credits within the three years and submitting a Re-certification Application) 



  • Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) Package

    Contains 27 Product(s)

    Get all your sessions registered in one-stop shopping style and complete at your own pace!

    Get all your sessions registered in one-stop shopping style and complete at your own pace! 

    Please complete all dedicated courses and their quizzes: You will have 3 attempts to pass each quiz. You must answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly. If you have not passed a quiz after 3 attempts, please contact certification@ppai.org

    Please note in order to start working on your CAS please make sure you have completed the TAS Certificate program first.

  • MAS: Code of Conduct Adoption and Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities

    Contains 5 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/27/2017

    ​The journey from understanding why your company needs a code of conduct to adopting and implementing code standards in your supply chain presents both challenges and opportunities for your company to grow and learn. This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.​

    The journey from understanding why your company needs a code of conduct to adopting and implementing code standards in your supply chain presents both challenges and opportunities for your company to grow and learn. Identifying the realities and challenges that can accompany code adoption and implementation will help you better address these challenges when you face them. Conversely, the code adoption journey can also present some excellent opportunities for your company that go beyond satisfying your clients and buyers’ business expectations. During this hour-long session, FLA staff, Melissa Morgan will walk through some realities and challenges companies face, as well as opportunities your company can seize, as you go through the process of adopting and implementing a code of conduct.  This session qualifies as a Product Safety Aware elective.

    Heeral Coleman

    Director, Stakeholder Services and Communications

    Over the past ten years at the Fair Labor Association, Heeral Coleman has assumed a range of responsibilities in service of the FLA’s mission of improving working conditions worldwide. Currently, she oversees the Stakeholder Services and Communications departments. In this role, she is responsible, along with her team of program managers, for comprehensive on-boarding of new brand and supplier affiliates, providing training and capacity-building guidance to affiliated companies and universities, and communicating the progress and thought leadership of the FLA and its stakeholders in the social responsibility and compliance arenas. Heeral brings to the FLA a decade of professional experience from her native India, and holds Master’s degrees in International Policy and Public Communication from the George Washington University and American University respectively. She is based in the FLA headquarters in Washington, D.C. 


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