BLOG ARCHIVE FOR: March, 2011

Mar.31
2011

A lot of cheering going on

As a kid, I tried every sport out there and my mom would tote me around the city, pack my snacks, pay my fees, and most of all, cheer me on.

Amway is doing the same thing as we sponsor teams and athletes around the world and around the world of sports.  These sponsorships include:

Badminton: In Indonesia, six badminton players wear the Nutrilite name including Men’s Double Champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan.

Basketball: The NBA’s Orlando Magic call the Amway Center home and their practice jerseys also sport our logo. Amway China and Amway Taiwan sponsor the Nutrilite Junior NBA tournament, a program which brings fun and healthy activities to hundreds of middle school students who compete against each other to travel to the United States to participate in NBA All-Star weekend.

Billiards: The World Pool Billiard’s Association Women’s 9-Ball Open has been sponsored by Amway Taiwan for 14 years.

Cricket: Adam Gilchrist is an Amway spokesperson for Australia.

Football: NFL MVP and quarterback Kurt Warner also works with Nutrilite and Amway North America to promote nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

Gymnastics: Amway China sponsors the Chinese artistic gymnastics team, which recently brought home 13 gold medals from the 2010 Asian Games.

Hockey:  The NHL’s Detroit Red Wings wear the Amway logo on their practice jerseys and the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins will also wear the logo at home and away.

Ice Skating: Since 2007, Amway Canada and Artistry have sponsored Skate Canada, an event that features the world’s top skaters, and Amway China sponsored Artistry on Ice in 2010 and will repeat again this year.

Running:  Marathon runner Kara Goucher is a spokesperson for Nutrilite and Amway North America.

Soccer: Nutrilite is a premium sponsor of professional Italian team AC Milan. Amway Canada sponsors the Nutrilite Canadian Championship; that decides who will represent Canada in the World Cup, and Amway Korea sponsored the Korea Republic team in last summer’s World Cup.  North America is the presenting sponsor of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.

Swimming: Olympic Gold medalist Libby Trickett represents our brands in Australia

That’s a lot of cheering, in a lot of different languages, going on.

Mar.29
2011

Common destination

This is a tale of two cities, one near and one far, and of sixty people with a common destination.

Last week we hosted two groups of distributors. Forty distributors from Detroit, Michigan drove to our world headquarters and a group of 20 distributors from Taipei, Republic of Taiwan flew halfway around the world for a visit. Both groups toured our manufacturing  areas and learned more about the history of the company behind their businesses.

Many have been distributors for a long time but some have just began. No matter whether they’re from near or far, they share a goal to build better lives for themselves and for others.

You might say they have a common destination.

Mar.25
2011

Strength in numbers

P-A-R-T…Y? Cuz we have a lot to celebrate!

Today, our World Headquarters opened its doors to applaud all of our amazing employees right here in West Michigan who have made a difference. Last year, over half of the employee population actively participated as volunteers for our Amway One by One Campaign for Children. With their help, over 18,000 volunteer hours were clocked, impacting more than 196,000 children in our community. Together with our affiliates, Amway One by One has cumulated 2.3 million volunteer hours worldwide.

It’s no surprise, for volunteering is part of our culture. Whether it’s shopping with students at our annual Santa’s Secret Workshop or packing sack suppers at Kids’ Food Basket, there is no shortage of volunteer activities. In fact, we’re gearing up for our 12th playground build on May 13. Our employees will partner with KaBOOM!, the City of Grand Rapids and the Creston Neighborhood Assocation to provide more than 6,000 local children with a safe place to play.

Congratulations to all of our employee volunteers, and thank you to everyone who signed up to be a volunteer today!

Mar.24
2011

Hearts and concrete

It takes a lot of concrete to build a house, but it takes a lot of heart to create a home.

Last month more than 80 Amway distributors and employees from four countries convened in the Zacapa region of Guatemala to build homes for families through Habitat for Humanity.  Inspired by Amway Founders Crown Ambassador Tim Foley, who has been part of Habitat builds in Latin America for years, Amway announced a partnership that will include Habitat projects in 10 Latin American countries.

Read and see more about the February project and how a lot of heart – as well as concrete and hard work – built homes for families in Zacapa at the Amway One by One Campaign for Children Blog.

Mar.23
2011

Bringing hope

Amway President Doug DeVos visited employees at Amway Japan’s Tokyo headquarters March 23 to show support for our employees, distributors and the people of Japan as they continue to recover from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

In addressing distributors, Doug said, “I want to start by expressing on behalf of all of the Amway family around the world, our sympathies and our concerns for what you and all the people of Japan have gone through. The human element is our first and our foremost priority in the midst of all of this. We know that many of you have experienced loss and that many of your are fearful for the future. I want you to know your concerns are important to us. I can assure you that all of us around the world are thinking of you and praying for your strength and your comfort together through this time.”

Doug also brought the welcome news that Amway’s giving to relief efforts, thanks to the generosity of our employees, distributors, and affiliates worldwide, has more than doubled to $2.5 million. Employees and distributors can still make donations through www.amway.com. Amway is also extending its matching to employees and distributors through the end of March up to an additional $100,000.

After Doug’s visit, John Parker will travel on Thursday to Sendai to meet with distributors there. Our Amway Sendai Plaza plans to reopen as a relief and comfort center to provide personal care and other items to people in need.

We’re bringing funds and products to help with the relief efforts, and in a small way, are bringing hope.

 

Mar.22
2011

Careful with claims

Editor’s Note: This blog post originally appeared on the Amway Answers blog.

At Amway, one of our best and biggest assets is the 500 plus scientific professionals that work for us worldwide. Their backgrounds and expertise includes chemistry and biochemistry; micro- and molecular biology; industrial design; food, nutritional and material science; horticulture and plant science; chemical, manufacturing, electrical, mechanical, quality and package engineering; mathematics and statistics; toxicology, pharmaceutical sciences; clinical research; physics and more.

In addition, we gather the expertise of a number of credible third party individuals and organizations from around the globe when we need to.

We reached out to internal and external experts after we read that consumers fearful of radiation exposure in Japan, the United States and other countries were purchasing surplus amounts of products containing potassium iodide. We wanted to confirm that Nutrilite products, exclusively from Amway, should not be offered up as a way to protect people from the adverse health effects of radiation exposure.

There are a few facts related to this issue that are important for all Amway audiences to understand:

First and most importantly, Nutrilite products are for general nutrition and health use and will not prevent any adverse health effects from radiation exposure.

To be more specific, both our Daily and Daily Free Multivitamin/Multimineral and Double X Vitamin/Mineral/Phytonutrient contain 150 micrograms of iodine. This is 100% of the nutritional daily value recommended for ongoing use, but the amount of potassium iodide recommended for adults after a radiation emergency is much higher. In fact, it’s 130 milligrams (not micrograms!) per day, according to one source.

Second, those 130 milligrams would need to be taken within three to four hours of exposure. Amounts taken after that time frame have not been clinically proven to reduce the risk of thyroid cancer in people who have inhaled or ingested radioactive materials.

Finally, this doesn’t mean you can’t be a positive source of information to your friends, family, coworkers or others with concerns. Please know that there is very good information about the current situation in Japan – including what to do in the event of a radiation emergency – on the Center for Disease Control website. Recommending Amway products is not one of them, but you can certainly remind others to be wary of some deceptive marketing phrases – that we don’t and never would use – like, “miraculous cure,” “secret ingredient,” “easy fix” and “ancient remedy.”

This is a time to be caring, not careless.

Mar.21
2011

“Brand” new experience

There’s a “brand” new experience at Amway.com.

That’s because we’ve just launched brand-new brand experiences for Amway, Artistry and Nutrilite on the global pages at Amway.com.

It’s all part of our effort to create a consistent global experiences for our brands, online and off. 

There’s something brand-new for everyone – whether you’re just getting to know our brands or have been aquainted with them for years.

Visit the new experience pages and let us know what you think!

Mar.16
2011

Eye on the (nine) ball

For the 14th consecutive year, Amway Taiwan sponsored the recently-concluded World Pool Billiards Association’s (WPBA) Women’s 9-Ball Open. It’s a long-standing naming rights relationship, but 14 isn’t the only impressive number in this equation. Also:

  • 48 players from countries all over the world qualify.
  • 143 nine-ball matches are played during the seven days of the tournament.
  • The balls are racked 1,511 times.
  • Approximately 13,500 balls are made for the tournament.
  • Ga Young Kim won the tournament in a well-fought 11-8 victory.

Kim, 29 and a native of Seoul, Korea, befittingly won the tournament on her father’s birthday. He taught her to play the sport when she was 12, inspiring her to pursue competition as a career. 

Kim and Amway Taiwan’s Managing Director are both featured in this video of the closing ceremony, but we know that it when it comes to her career, and our commitment to athletes of different backgrounds and talents the world over, the story is just beginning.

Mar.15
2011

Welcome, Miss America

It’s not every day that a beauty queen passes through our World Headquarters to say hello and give a piano performance, but yesterday, that’s exactly what happened.

Employees rolled out the red carpet to welcome Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan to our hometown. As the brand ambassador for Artistry, the official skincare and cosmetics sponsor of the Miss America Organization, Teresa is here to learn more about Amway, Artistry and the science behind one of the world’s top five, largest selling, premium skincare brands in the world.*

Follow Teresa’s travels while she’s in town!
Facebook: Artistry US
Twitter: ArtistryBeauty

 

*Source: Euromonitor International Limited; Beauty and Personal Care database; premium cosmetics sector; global 2009 RSP; global brand name classification.

Mar.14
2011

Recover and rebuild

The people of Japan are in our thoughts as they deal with the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. 

As Japan works diligently on recovery efforts and begins the process of rebuilding, Amway will be there to help.  Amway and Amway Japan will provide ¥$100 million (about US$1.2 million) to create a relief fund to support agencies that are providing critical aid  for victims.  Amway is also supplying product to relief organizations to assist with immediate needs. 

The corporation, its distributors and employees will provide the support in partnership with local NPOs and relief agencies in the region, especially those which focus on children, in alignment with the company’s Amway One by One Campaign for Children.

In addition, Amway will match employee and distributor donations to the Red Cross at Amway.com through Monday, March 21, up to $250,000, beginning soon. 

We’ve been in Japan since 1979.

And we’ll be there to help Japan recover and rebuild following this unprecedented disaster.