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Earth Day 2015: Celebrating Sustainable & Socially Responsible Suppliers

Each year on April 22ndearth-day-e1429542414966-270x300, the world celebrates Earth Day.

“Events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.” 

At Pro QC, we like Earth Day because it’s an opportunity to express our commitment to helping ensure sustainability and social responsibility within the supply chain.  Aside from reducing quality risks and cost, ensuring social responsibility improves quality of life and ultimately affects the quality of products being produced as well. 80% of CEOs recently surveyed agree that ensuring social responsibility contributes to long-term success.  Environmental leadership is considered compatible with good returns.

Standards including SA 8000, ISO 26000 and ISO 14000 are generally incorporated into SR audits. A social responsibility audit can be included in a general systems audit for an added level of assurance.

Benefits of Outsourcing: 3PQ Value

There are a considerable number of benefits associated with outsourcing.  As a third-party quality assurance provider (3PQ), we ultimately seek to be an extension of our clients’ organizations.  In reducing sourcing risks and cost, this partnership has significant value:

[Untitled]We reached out to a few of our key clients and asked for their opinion regarding the value of outsourcing quality…

Investing in Sustainability & Social Responsibility

A recent TED Talk that caught our attention includes Chris McKnett making a solid case for investing in sustainability.  In fact, several TED related talks focus on this topic and do an exceptional job demonstrating the benefits of this long-term strategy.

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In McKnett’s talk, he highlights three additional components to sustainable investing that add to the commonly accepted and used financial indicators. He prefaces the discussion effectively disputing many of the common objections we hear.  He argues sustainability and sustainable investing is “less complicated than you think, has better performance than you can believe and is more important than we can imagine.”

Engineers Week – Making a Difference

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This week recognizes engineers, and in support we are encouraging our partners and teams to share their experience, knowledge and passion with others.

Engineers are changing the world all of the time. They dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter.

At Pro QC, our quality engineers are at the heart of our organization.  Mechanical, electrical, environmental and a host of other specialities are all necessary to sustain our successful global team of quality experts.

The Discover Engineering website describes engineers as people who…

Quantifying the Importance of Quality in 2015 (US Market)

Quality Magazine recently posted an article related to the importance of quality and other interesting observations regarding their 15th Annual Spending Survey.

The article indicates a positive increase in spending where quality is concerned, along with other key indicators showing support and acknowledgment of the importance of quality.  Two highlights worth noting include:

1) About half (49%) said the importance of quality has increased compared to a year ago.

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2) The top three spending categories were general test, measurement and inspection equipment (69%); gages and gaging systems (65%); and test and inspection services (53%).