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Mar.31
2014

“Simply Rich”

Rich DeVos believes that he has achieved much in his life for one simple reason  – focusing on helping others succeed.

“Looking back at 88 years of life, I believe one principle rises above the others,” he writes in his fifth book, “Simply Rich:  Life and Lessons from the Cofounder of Amway.” “People who achieve the highest levels of success are those who place their focus on other people rather than themselves.  I have succeeded only by helping others succeed.”

In “Simply Rich,” the co-founder of Amway shares the story of his remarkable life, from his humble beginnings to his success as a global business leader, and what he learned along the way.  Listen to Rich talk about the inspiration for the book in this trailer for “Simply Rich.”


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“Simply Rich” is available from the Howard Books division of Simon & Schuster and can be found online or in stores starting April 1.  Other titles by Rich DeVos include “Believe!”, “Hope from My Heart” and “Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People.”

Feb.21
2014

International relations

The Amway Insider has brought you several stories about the Georgetown University Leadership Program, known more commonly as GULP.

The partnership between Amway, Georgetown and the Japanese Times daily newspaper brings Japanese professionals to Washington D.C. and Grand Rapids, Michigan, to get a primer on the American political system and see public-private partnerships in action.

In D.C., they visit prominent attractions and meet with well-known political insiders — most recently former White House Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove. In Michigan, they meet with local politicians, including Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, and visit local attractions, such as Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

Now, over at the Amway Newsroom, we have an in-depth look at the whirlwind program, its history and its impact. The session is only a week long, but Georgetown officials say they can do a lot in that week.

James V. Parenti, senior associate dean for Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies, called GULP “the most energetic international engagement we have (at Georgetown).”

And GULP Principal Instructor Bradley A. Blakeman said the value of education is not judged in time, but in content.

“We can be flexible and nimble and entrepreneurial enough to create programs for a student body that only visits for a week,” Blakeman said. “But the content will last a lifetime.”

Read more at the Amway Newsroom and see a photo album of their recent trip at the Amway Facebook page.

Jan.20
2014

Nov. 20: What a day

It’s been two months since the Amway Universal Children’s Day on Nov. 20, but we still marvel at the impact it had.

More than 15,000 volunteers worked on 300 projects in 57 countries that resulted in more than 100,000 children being helped.

Jesse Hertstein from our global One by One team puts it best: “It’s not just one day of volunteering. It’s really a demonstration of our commitment … to help children in every community we do business in. Not just today, but on into the future.”

Here’s a collection of some of the amazing things accomplished in our 24-hour global celebration focused on making a difference.


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Jan.14
2014

Under the pepper tree

Imagine you’re sitting under the giant pepper tree in Lakeview, California, (shown here in our 80th anniversary logo) with Nutrilite founder and visionary Carl Rehnborg.

As employees, distributors and visitors often did, it was the place to find Carl; to read, talk and discuss the important topics of the day.

Our 80th year of Nutrilite certainly deserves the center of our attention. With many plans in the works, we’re reflecting on our roots, saluting eight decades of amazing growth and focused on our future.

Through his groundbreaking scientific work, Carl was a pioneer in nutrition research. A keen observer, he discovered and unlocked the power of plant-based nutrients, now called phytonutrients. His introduction of Double X, likely the first multivitamin/multimineral supplement marketed in North America, is still our flagship product.

Today, thanks to Amway Business Owners across the globe, we are ranked as the #1 direct selling company in the world, and Nutrilite is the world’s No. 1 selling brand of vitamins and dietary supplements.

What’s next? There’s so much more. We’re building on new inspirations, meeting product demand with new farms and facilities, and leveraging new research and products for the future – all to drive scientific discovery, to unlock the power of phytonutrients and to help people achieve optimal health.

And this year we celebrate all that with special events across the world. We’ll tell you about them here and on Facebook and Twitter. You can search for all our anniversary coverage by using the hashtag #nutrilite80. We look forward to sharing our celebration with you all year long.

Dec.23
2013

Christmas elves

Remember on Nov. 20 when we told you about the 1,400 bikes being assembled at our Spaulding Avenue facility near our World Headquarters for Amway Universal Children’s Day?

Those were being built for Elves & More of West Michigan, a nonprofit that delivers bikes to children in need each Christmas season. The elves were busy over the weekend.

They delivered those 1,400 bikes, plus 1,100 more to children in the neighborhood of Burton Elementary and Middle schools in Grand Rapids. See great coverage of the bike give-away here from WOOD TV. It includes a lot of smiling faces.

More Amway volunteers were on hand to help with the give-away. The gesture had an extra special meaning for them because Amway has long had a partnership with Burton schools, volunteering at Christmas and other times of the year.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos of the give-away.

Dec.06
2013

World of impact

More than 100,000 children in one day.

What a great way to mark 10 years of helping more than 10 million children through the Amway One by One Campaign for Children.

On November 20 we marked Amway Universal Children’s Day, inviting our Amway Business Owners and employees to reach out and help children in their community. They did not disappoint.

During the span of 24 hours, more than 15,000 ABOs and employees from 57 countries volunteered 35,425 hours through 304 projects. Those efforts benefitted more than 100,000 children.

“Amway is a people business, and our people live and work in communities all over the world,” said Todd Woodward, vice president for Amway brand, public relations and corporate social responsibility. “For one day we aligned as a global company to make the lives of the children and families in the communities we serve a little better.”

Read more about the events of November 20 here and watch this message of thanks from Steve Van Andel and Doug DeVos.


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Dec.04
2013

Our global family

Andrea Clark and Sri Soekarmoen McCarthy, members of our global public relations team, continue to share their experiences on a recent visit to Amway Vietnam.

It was a sunny November day in Nha Trang, a beautiful seaside city in central Vietnam facing the South China Sea.

Sri McCarthy and I accompanied two of our Amway Vietnam colleagues and the chairman of Khanh Hoa Funds to present educational scholarship to under-privileged children.

We were fortunate to visit five of the families who received the scholarships and hear about their school progress. We met grandparents, single mothers, siblings and other caregivers, all of whom welcomed us into their homes, offering us tea or water.

Despite their circumstances, they were able to thrive, and they proudly showed us pictures of their children or grandchildren and their report cards.

At the end of the day, we visited 11-year-old Le Dinh Nguyen Tri Thoi. When he was younger, he suffered from an untreated illness that caused him to lose his hearing. He struggles with some subjects but excels at math and science. His smile pulled at my heart and made me grateful that we work at a company that supports children like Le Dinh Nguyen Tri Thoi, helping them achieve their potential.

Through the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, we are committed to help children be children — making sure that they have the opportunity to live, laugh and learn.

Have we done enough for those children? No. While we can’t change the lives of all children in Nha Tran over overnight, we can do it if we join together. We can do it one by one.

You can see more photos from our trip at the Amway Facebook page.

Dec.02
2013

Three, four, five

Sri Soekarmoen McCarthy, a member of our global public relations team, recently shared her experiences while visiting Amway Thailand.

After that trip, she and Andrea Clark, director of Amway Global Public Relations, continued on to visit Amway Vietnam. Read on…

Andrea Clark and I flew more than 980 kilometers (564 miles) over Cambodia from Thailand to Vietnam. Our experiences while visiting our friends at Amway Vietnam are best told with the numbers three, four and five.

Three

We visited three different cities in three days to tackle three public relations assignments.  We met with our colleagues from the Amway Vietnam Public Relations team in Ho Chi Minh City. We interviewed Amway Business Owners in Hanoi. And we met with officials from the People’s Committee of Schooling Fund’s in Nha Trang.

Four

The four ABOs we interviewed were from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Prior to joining Amway, one used to own an advertising agency, another owned a pharmacy and the other two were a real estate agent and a human resources professional.

While talking about their Amway businesses, they said that having financial independence is great, but having the freedom to run their own business and control their daily schedule was the primary motivation for becoming ABOs.  Amway has allowed them to focus on their families and raise their children while working in a less stressful job.

Five

Five years ago, Amway began operating in Vietnam. Since then, Amway Vietnam has championed children’s welfare and education through the Amway One by One Campaign for Children.  During our visit, we were happy to support that effort.  Andrea presented a check for US $10,000 to the Khanh Hoa People Committee’s Office to provide scholarships to underprivileged children in Nha Trang.  We visited five of the children who received the scholarship. (Come back to the Amway Insider later this week to learn one recipient’s story.)

We experienced a lot in those three days and three cities, and we have more stories to tell you about the ABOs and our experiences in Nha Trang. In the meantime, check out some photos from our trip at the Amway Facebook page.

Nov.28
2013

Giving thanks

Amway World Headquarters will be closed today and tomorrow, Nov. 28-29, in celebration of Thanksgiving.

We are always thankful for our Amway Business Owners and employees, but this year, as we look back on the amazing activities that took place on Nov. 20 to mark 10 years of the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, we are especially grateful.

Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Nov.27
2013

Four corners

Earlier this month, all four Amway regional presidents sat down to chat with employees at Amway World Headquarters about their corners of the world. They shared insights, initiatives and compelling stories about local corporate citizenship efforts and Amway Business Owners (ABOs).

In Southeast Asia, Jim Payne uses his 30+ years of experience with Amway and time-tested relationships to lead several countries in which Amway already holds a top market share position. He highlighted Amway’s appeal to those under age 35 in Vietnam, one of our newest markets. He told a story of a Japanese ABO who lost half of her family and downline distributors during the 2011 tsunami. The loss motivated her to rebuild her business to the Diamond level in only three years, using her income to support and help rebuild her still-struggling community.

Greater China Regional President Gan Chee Eng, focused on China’s Amway Charity Foundation, which was recently named one of the Top 10 Most Transparent Foundations in China. The foundation was featured during this year’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, where its Spring Sprouts Kitchen project was highlighted as one of CGI’s Commitments to Action.

With 30 countries, 26 languages, 19 currencies and 11 time zones, Europe/India/Africa Regional President Samir Behl describes his region as having three advantages: diversity, complexity and opportunity. He shared that there are more women than men in Russia and they live longer. In addition to the societal impact of this, he (only half-jokingly) said this could contribute to a huge demand for beauty products such as ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND.

Last, but certainly not least, in the home region of our headquarters – the Americas – Tanios Viviani says he lives for hearing, and telling, our ABO stories. The Americas president recently attended an event in the United States where he met a Costa Rican native who had left his parents and moved to Mexico to find success, promising not to return until they could be proud of him. After many years and he returned as a Diamond level ABO and was able to tell his mother that “Amway was [his] graduation in life.” That ABO now supports his family with his business. Tanios knows there are others like him capable and willing to do the same and says his region will do more than its part to ensure the Amway opportunity is relevant to future generations.

Across the miles and the 100-plus countries and territories where the Amway opportunity can be found, these four men brought their markets to life and connected our employees in Ada, Michigan, with the ABOs they support all over the world.