Posts tagged with “Disaster”

Reaching out to Amway Philippines

Tuesday, 12 November, 2013

Over the past few days, we’ve been in frequent contact with our colleagues in the Philippines.

If you follow recent news reports, you know about how Super Typhoon Haiyan blasted through the country late last week. There is inconsistency in the report of numbers impacted, mainly because communications are nearly impossible in areas that are decimated by winds and flooding. But we do know that thousands of people have lost their lives, hundreds of thousands are displaced, and millions are affected.

At this time, all 120 Amway employees are safe and accounted for, although many are trying desperately to reach family members in affected areas. Efforts are underway to assess the impact on Amway Business Owners, as well as assessing damage to our business and distribution centers in Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao City, Mandaluyong City and Pangasinan. Fortunately, the populous capital of Manila, where our headquarters is located, did not take the brunt of the storm.

Amway communities are resilient, and we expect to see positive signs of recovery soon, as well as a spirit of generosity and assistance to emerge from the rubble. Senior leaders at Amway have committed to an initial $100,000 contribution to help out with relief efforts. We will work through local staff and aid agencies to make sure it is put to use with the most urgent needs. And we will continue to monitor the situation and work with local leaders to provide further assistance if needed.

Next week, we hold our first global volunteer event, the Amway Universal Children’s Day, in honor of the anniversary of the Amway One by One Campaign for Children. We already planned for volunteers in the US to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc) for future disasters. We have decided to send all 10,000 kits to the Philippines thorugh our partner, International Aid, as we know the recovery will be slow and much help is needed.

Our hearts go out to those affected by this catastrophe, and we encourage others to help see the Philippines recovered and restored.

Remember Hope

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013

Do you remember the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011?

The quake, the tsunami and the nuclear disaster dominated headlines for weeks. Then, slowly, most of us forgot. There are still many in the affected areas who struggle. And one of the primary needs is to reunite communities for individuals and neighborhoods.

In partnership with local governments and nonprofit organizations, Amway and its distributors are providing solutions, with the first ever “Amway Community House” that was opened in the Tokohu district last month.

The Community House will be a hub of activity for children and families who need a safe place to congregate and rebuild their bonds with each other.

Remember Hope is the name of the project, which aims to build 8 to 12 community homes in affected prefectures in the next 4 years. Led by Amway executives and Amway distributor leaders, funds are raised through individual and corporate donations, and Amway volunteers will help maintain the centers and support meaningful programs.

We remember, and we hope for a better world.

Thanks to Kafuu Toh for sharing this story.

What a week it’s been!

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013

In Ada, we had to close down our headquarters due to flooding. In Boston, we’ve been watching the news of the bombings and making sure all Amway people are safe.

On the other side of the world, a 7.0 earthquake hit Ya’an in Sichuan Province of China. It killed 186 people, injured more than 11,000 and about 383,000 people are directly affected by the disaster.

Our Amway shop in a nearby city was closed for the day, but fortunately none of our Amway distributors or employees were on the casualty list in Ya’an.

Amway China is responding swiftly to the disaster, donating 5 million RMB ($800,000 USD) to disaster relief efforts through the Amway Charity Foundation. The Foundation has opened an account to receive donations, at

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected over the past week in big and small ways.

Tracking the effects of Hurricane Sandy

Thursday, 1 November, 2012

Here in the US, we’ve been watching the hurricane situation unfold across the east coast this week. More than 111,000 Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) are located in the affected area, a significant portion of our US population, as well as a several employees.

According to Sandy Spielmaker, Vice President of Sales for Amway North America, “Our first priority has been to reach out to determine if everyone is OK, and reports so far indicate that all are safe.”

That’s good news, although we do know that some IBOs have had severe damage to their homes, and may have trouble getting orders for their business. Amway is holding some orders until East Coast terminals are operating or alternatives are identified.

As we do in the event of major disasters around the world, Amway is collecting donations for the American Red Cross on We will match these donations up to $100,000, and will continue to monitor the situation to determine if more help is needed.

Thanks to all of you who have offered your words of support, your prayers and your donations.

Before it’s too late

Friday, 27 April, 2012

During our research for the publication of our 2011 Global Citizenship Report, we noted a lot of activity around disaster response. Many natural catastrophes devastated the communities of our friends and colleagues last year.

What hasn’t received nearly as much attention is an emphasis around prevention.

In India, the Bihar State (adjacent to Nepal) is recognized as a multi-disaster-prone territory with a history of moderate to severe earthquakes.

Amway India is partnering with the Bihar Disaster Management Authority to help residents take measures to mitigate the risk of a future earthquake, and using the Bihar Centenary Day celebration to create awareness.

They installed posters and created pamphlets, teaching local leaders about earthquake resistant construction technology and teaching the general public basic tips for what to do in the event of an earthquake.

While these efforts may not make global headlines like an actual disaster, they may in the end be more impactful and save even more lives.

Thanks to Raj Narain for sharing this story.

Responding in the Philippines

Friday, 17 February, 2012

After hearing news of so many disasters in 2011, few people heard of the heavy rains and flooding in the Philippines in December.

Hundreds of people died in the aftermath of Typhoon Sedong in Cagayan de Oro. It was the worst natural disaster in the Philippines in a decade.

Amway Philippines rallied to help. They packaged relief goods, with help from Amway distributors and employees. And they set up donation sites to help the families affected by the flooding.

Last month, Amway leaders turned over a check for P500,000 ($11,700 USD) to the Philippine Red Cross for the rehabilitation of victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro.

We extend our appreciation to colleagues and friends in the Philippines for their generosity.




 Thanks to Suzanne Comagon for sharing this story.