PPAI Magazine November 2023

Although Ball Pro doesn’t have an established give-back program, Hanson says the supplier participates in other charitable efforts, such as partnering with nonprofit Feed My Starving Children to pack food for malnourished kids in nearly 70 countries. Even better, Hanson says Ball Pro employees get paid while volunteering with the organization. “Giving back to your community is always a great thing to do,” he adds. Must Read | The State of Responsibility 2023 TABLE 11. What percentage of your company’s non-factory workforce is made up of women? PPAI 100 Suppliers 62% Suppliers $250M+ 60% Suppliers $50M-$250M 64% Suppliers $5M-$50M 63% Suppliers Under $5M 66% As Josh Ellis, publisher and editor-in-chief of PPAI Media opined in September, “Promo’s Future Is Female.” Women outnumbered men three to one in the 2023 PPAI Rising Stars, the latest in a three-year trend of women occupying more spots on the list than their male counterparts. Perhaps most striking of all, 130 of the contest’s record 170 industry nominees this year were women. As evident by the data, promo firms are making a concerted effort to add and recognize more women in our traditionally male-dominated industry. TABLE 9. How often do your employees participate in DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) training? Quarterly/ more Yearly/ more Biannually/ more Have in the past Never PPAI 100 Suppliers 8% 48% 5% 18% 23% Suppliers $250M+ 10% 70% 0% 0% 20% Supp. $50M-$250M 6% 56% 11% 22% 6% Suppliers $5M-$50M 5% 32% 5% 23% 36% Suppliers Under $5M 0% 50% 25% 0% 25% Aside from suppliers with revenue between $5 million and $50 million, the majority of suppliers in each category require their employees to participate in DEI training at least once a year. That might not be enough, according to Bartlett. “This is one of the lowest categories as far as participation goes,” he says, “which I believe is because suppliers simply don’t know where to find these services, especially a costeffective solution.” The PPAI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Playbook is available for download at ppai.org/ advocacy/diversity-inclusion. TABLE 10. Does your company employ a person or team dedicated to ensuring product responsibility (product safety and compliance such as California Prop 65, Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, etc.)? Yes No PPAI 100 Suppliers 95% 5% Suppliers $250M+ 90% 10% Suppliers $50M-$250M 94% 6% Suppliers $5M-$50M 91% 9% Suppliers Under $5M 100% 0% No surprise that this table had the highest percentage of “yes” responses from every supplier category in the report. Product safety and compliance is of the utmost importance, and suppliers clearly understand that designating a person or team to focus on product responsibility is simply a part of doing business in 2023. 48 • NOVEMBER 2023 • PPAI