BLOG ARCHIVE FOR: November, 2011


Amway among top charitable companies in Russia

Amway has been cited among Russia’s most charitable companies for years, but this month was named one of the top 10 corporate social responsibility (CSR) businesses in a ranking published by Vedomosti.

This year Amway moved up 20 spots to 6th on the list.  The Vedomosti ranking is based on company size, corporate social responsibility budget and the effectiveness of the budget in meeting c ommunity needs.

Amway Russia’s One by One Campaign for Children programs range from a mobile play center to a friendly soccer competition  that gave kids with disabilities the opportunity to hit the pitch.


And the winner is…

On Sunday the winning chant in the Make Some Noise! competition played on the maxi-screen during an AC Milan home game at San Siro stadium. It was the culmination of a special contest on the AC Milan and Nutrilite Facebook pages that started in mid-October.

AC Milan soccer fans submitted videos of their original chants, ten chants were selected out of the submissions, and then the community of fans from both pages voted for their favorite chant.

And the winner… “Rosso e Nero” by Fabiano Fumerola.

It was a collaborative effort that was performed by a choir loudly singing out the chorus. Mr. Fumerola’s chant submission even received coverage in his local newspaper. It was played a total of four times in the stadium on Sunday, much to the delight of the players and the fans in the stadium.

AC Milan won the game beating Chievo Verona by a score of 4-0, so perhaps the extra encouragement helped spur the team on to victory! : )

Click here to see more photos of the winnng chant playing in the stadium on the Nutrilite Facebook page.


Constant innovation

For the second year, Amway has been named the top water filtration company in the Asia Pacific region by Frost & Sullivan for the eSpring Water Purifier.

“Amway continuously looks for ways to better serve its customers, whether it is through education or constant innovation through research and development,” said Vidhi Yaduvanshi, a consultant for Frost & Sullivan’s Asia Pacific Environment & Building Technologies team. 

Frost and Sullivan called Amway an “industry leader in the region” in water treatment.

That “constant innovation” is the result of nearly three decades of research in water treatment and purification led by some of the industry’s top scientists. 

“Amway has engaged some of the world’s top research and development talent to develop innovative products that are relevant to people around the world, and we are dedicated every day to continue to improve these products,” said Roy Kuennen, Amway’s director of Durables Research and Development.


Giving thanks

Many countries and cultures designate a time to celebrate the harvest and give thanks at different times of the year.

China celebrates its harvest festival in August with mooncakes.  In South India, the Pongal festival commemorates an abundant harvest every January.   Our Canadian neighbors give thanks in October.

Everywhere Amway operates, we’re thankful for our employees, distributors and customers.  

So Amway World Headquarters in Ada, Michigan, will be  closed Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25, so our employees can spend time with family and friends for the  U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.  We’ll reopen on Monday, November 28.

But you can learn more about Amway, our brands and business opportunity 24/7 by visiting



After a hockey player scores a goal, he or she might pump a fist; jump against the boards; or dance with his or her stick.

This is called a celly: hockey-speak for celebration.

We’re joining the city of Orlando, Florida in its celly to welcome the Orlando Solar Bears back to the ice.

Once an International Hockey League champion team, the Solar Bears went into hibernation in 2001 when the league itself collapsed.  Now, they’re back! The first of the team’s 36 home games will take place in October 2012 at the Amway Center, the 875,000-square-foot arena that bears our name and was designed with the dream of someday housing a hockey team in addition to the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

The Solar Bears are expected to draw up to 7,000 people per game. That’s another 250,000 hockey fans – in addition to Grand Rapids Griffins and Detroit Red Wings fans – who will get to know the Amway brand more closely.

And that is cause for another celly.


Counsel at council

Last week nearly 100 leaders from major U.S. companies convened at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council  to discuss policy issues affecting business and recommend a course of action for policymakers.

Amway President Doug DeVos was among them, co-chairing a discussion about forging a stronger U.S. – China relationship.  One of the key recommendations was to create a framework for building trust through economic cooperation agreements, but doing so by being clear about expectations. 

“We have to be patient, take a step-by-step approach,” Doug told the group. “We’re not going to fix everything tomorrow.”



Bits of recognition

Since 2000, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center has produced the Corporate Citizenship Awards to honor businesses that make a significant, positive impact in society. The Corporate Citizenship Awards, or the “Citizens” as they’re called, were founded in 2000.

This year, the U.S. Chamber named Amway a finalist in the category of Best International Ambassador for our efforts to help end chronic childhood malnutrition with Nutrilite Little Bits as part of the Amway One by One Campaign for Children.

Year after year, finalists in the “Citizens” exemplify the continued evolution of corporate citizenship, defining its movement from the periphery of business activity to the strategic alignment with the core of the company. Companies and chambers of commerce from around the globe compete for the Citizens, making them one of the most coveted opportunities in corporate citizenship.

Last night, we celebrated with all of the nominees at the Newseum in Washington D.C. And although we’re reporting that the Pfizer Foundation won in our category, we’re proud of the company we keep with all of our fellow nominees, and extremely proud of the work our employees, distributors, affiliates and partners do to make our One by One Campaign for Children a reality every day.


Still time to Make Some Noise!

Over the last month A.C. Milan and Nutrilite have been encouraging fans of AC Milan to Make Some Noise! and create chants to cheer the Rossoneri on to victory.

The top ten chants have been selected and today is last day to vote. The winning chant will be played on the maxi-screen in San Siro Stadium at AC Milan’s home game on November 27! So don’t miss out, cast your vote for your favorite chant on the Nutrilite Facebook page.

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Wellness collaboration

Today in Moscow, Nutrilite scientist, Dr. Keith Randolph presented research results from two new studies at the US – Russia Scientific forum. The results demonstrate that overweight Russian adults have stress markers – biological indicators of stress – that may be linked to poor long-term health outcomes. Like their American counterparts, many Russian adults are exhibiting signs that suggest future poor heart health.

The research results highlight the successful collaboration between the Russian Institute of Nutrition, a branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Amway Nutrilite Health Institute.

Scientists can use these markers to help people threatened by the onset of cardiovascular disease take proper wellness steps to improve their health.

Here’s Dr. Randolph discussing his research:

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Eating your greens…and reds, and oranges

Are you eating enough greens? How about reds, oranges and whites?

If you’re like most Americans, chances are you aren’t getting enough color in your diet, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

The study, co-authored by Nutrilite’s Dr. Keith Randolph,  found that U.S. adults get most key phytonutrients from only four sources: oranges, tomatoes, strawberries and carrots. Phytonutrients are tiny but mighty components that may  provide health benefits, including reduced risk for some age-related chronic health conditions.

Adding a variety of fruits and veggies to your plate is one way to “color yourself healthy” and  increase phytonutrient intake, according to Dr. Randolph, technology strategist at the Nutrilite Health Institute.

For additional information on phytonutrients, see “America’s Phytonutrient Report: Quantifying the Gap.”

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