Archive for February, 2009

We have One by One numbers to announce!

Monday, 23 February, 2009

To kick off our global look at the One by One campaign, I have some exciting news to share.

Since the program was launched in 2003, we have been diligently tracking our impact numbers every quarter, and reporting our cumulative totals at the end of the year. We just confirmed some big jumps in 2008:

- Amway, its employees and IBOs have now helped 6 million children worldwide.
- We have collectively donated $70 million.
- Our volunteers have given more than 1 million hours.

You can read the formal press release here. A big THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to this success!

These are impressive numbers, but it’s really only the tip of the iceberg. Since the primary charitable focus for Amway is children, we don’t report on the many other things we do in our communities, just as good neighbors. We also know there is much more happening among our IBOs that we are not (yet!) aware of.

We are hearing about more programs – like child sponsorship by IBOs in the US that supports thousands of children around the world through World Vision … or a partnership with IBOs and the SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa … or donations of IBO bonuses to scholarships for underprivileged youth in Taiwan. These are just the ones that have come to our attention because they are happening on a big scale.

There are powerful stories out there, and numbers to back them up. There is a broad initiative to scale up existing One by One programs and start some new ones during the Amway 50th anniversary year.

Through this blog, we will be sharing more One by One stories with you to acknowledge your efforts, to offer ideas for getting involved … and of course, to inspire you to action!

Welcome new One by One bloggers!

Wednesday, 18 February, 2009

Here at the Opportunity Zone, it is our goal to provide a place – the place – to talk about Amway Global, and the people, products, and programs that support our Independent Business Owners.

But the One by One Blog has always had what one might call a greater purpose. Its role is to span the globe and bring you the stories of people – Amway employees, business owners, and sometimes, random friends and neighbors – making a difference in people's lives.

It's the blog's global nature that led us to ask Amway Corporate Citizenship Managers Kim Drabik and Jesse Hertstein, and Amway Global's Jessica Ellis, to share responsibility for this blog.  Jesse and Kim will share information about One by One globally, and Jessica – who's taking over North America's One by One programs – will share U.S. and Canadian program news.

As conversation guides, we know that the new blogging team's contributions – and those of their guest bloggers – will spark lively discussion; inspire others to make a difference in their communities; and teach us how to find the good in ourselves and others.

But no pressure! Just a big "thank you" in advance for sharing the stories that give the One by One Campaign for Children and other Amway corporate citizenship efforts true meaning, and the spotlight that they deserve.

Please join me in welcome Jesse, Kim, and Jessica to our family of bloggers, and look for their first post next week!