Navigating the mainland to source superior quality products requires certain know-how. Awarded 2011 Importer of the Year by the Hong Kong Australian Business Association, Global Gift Sourcing (GGS) is equipped to help businesses in Australia and worldwide procure and manufacture customised solutions. Founded in Australia 13 years ago, GGS works with more than 1,000 factories throughout the mainland. Its wide range of products includes apparel, homeware, stationery, toys, ceramics and electronics. Shanghai-based Denbri and Ningbo-based Shindak are part of the company's trusted partner network. "We're looking to build long-term and strong relationships with suppliers on the ground there," says operations manager Aaron Williams. GGS' partners adhere to strict quality control standards, including BS 6001. While carefully monitoring every step of the production process to maintain ethical and environmental standards, GGS provides customers quick turnaround and punctual delivery. "We stand by our strong position on ethical solutions in product manufacturing," says managing director Keiran Tanner. "We promote sustainable practices and growth and seek that out for our partnerships throughout Asia." GGS demonstrated these standards on the Bounty project for Australian Consolidated Press. GGS replaced 500,000 plastic Bounty bags, used for distributing sample products to expectant and new mothers throughout Australia, with eco-friendly bags manufactured in China. Each bag was printed, then individually hand-painted to ensure quality control. "This shows Chinese expertise and innovation at the forefront," Tanner says. The company also assists Australian charities with products for their fundraising efforts. GGS-supplied concepts have raised more than HK$157 million for various not-for-profit organisations throughout Asia-Pacific. GGS will open a Hong Kong office this year to add to its nine offices across the mainland. With offices in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Toronto and London, GGS serves clients in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Canada, the Philippines and Thailand. It will also establish offices in Malaysia and the Philippines and increase its client base in North America and Europe.