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April 30, 2014

News in Brief

News in Brief, May 2014


Avon, Mary Kay Support ‘NO MORE’ Campaign

Avon and Mary Kay, along with other major corporations, have announced pledges in support of “NO MORE Week,” a weeklong awareness initiative focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Avon Foundation for Women announced three grants to create and disseminate three targeted prevention and intervention training tools to help bystanders—families, friends and strangers—recognize, respond and make appropriate referrals in situations when partner violence, dating abuse or sexual assault are suspected or observed.

Mary Kay has committed $1 million to the loveisrespect “text for help” service that provides young people with resources and support to have healthy dating relationships, as well as $100,000 to support Break the Cycle’s “NO MORE Silence: It’s Time To Talk Day” on Feb. 4, a nationwide parent-child engagement campaign to prevent teen dating violence.

NO MORE, a unifying symbol for domestic violence and sexual assault, works to generate support and resources to help domestic violence and sexual assault prevention organizations.


Natura Ranks among ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’

Brazil’s Natura Cosméticos has been named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” in the annual ranking by the Ethisphere Institute. The ranking recognizes companies that not only incorporate rigorous compliance and ethics programs internally, but also lead their respective industries in developing best practices.

The assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework, developed through years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25 percent); reputation, leadership and innovation (20 percent); governance (10 percent); corporate citizenship and responsibility (25 percent); and culture of ethics (20 percent).


Blyth Founder Receives Horatio Alger Association Honors

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans recently named Blyth Founder Robert Goergen to its prestigious Class of 2014. Goergen, who currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Board at Blyth—a company with annual revenues close to $1 billion—joins 11 other business and civic leaders inducted as lifelong members.

The Association honors the legacy of 19th-century author Horatio Alger Jr., whose novels epitomize the rags-to-riches tale of overcoming adversity through a strong work ethic, courage and honesty. Goergen’s induction as a member honors his own determination and commitment to personal and professional excellence.

The Horatio Alger Association furthers the cause of higher education through privately funded scholarships. Its National Scholarship Program has provided more than $100 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships since 1984.

Goergen’s own investment in higher education includes serving as a trustee of his alma mater, the University of Rochester, and launching the Goergen Entrepreneurial Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Education is also a primary cause championed by The Goergen Foundation, which he founded in 1976.


Thirty-One CEO Wins Enterprising Women Award

Cindy Monroe, CEO of Thirty-One Gifts, has been awarded Enterprising Women magazine’s 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Award. The award is an annual recognition of the finest women entrepreneurs in North America and around the globe. Monroe was one of five women recognized in the “More than $25 million in annual sales revenue” category.

The annual award, now in its 12th year, is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities.

In addition to her role at Thirty-One, Monroe serves on the Board of Directors for the Direct Selling Association, is an advisory board member of The Salvation Army of Central Ohio, an honorary board member of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland 100th Anniversary, a member of the ATT Women’s Entrepreneur Forum and a member of the Columbus II Chapter of the Women Presidents Association.


Mary Kay CMO Joins ‘Top 50’ Women in Brand Marketing

Mary Kay Inc.’s Chief Marketing Officer, Sheryl Adkins-Green, recently became part of an elite group of women named the top 50 most innovative female brand marketers in the nation. The winners were unveiled by Brand Innovators, the largest professional organization of brand marketers in the United States.

Brand Innovators selected the 50 female executives based on their professional accomplishments and ability to leverage digital media and emerging advertising technology platforms, including digital video, social media, mobile, content marketing, and e-commerce to implement “best-of-breed” marketing and advertising campaigns.

Adkins-Green joined Mary Kay Inc. in 2009 as Vice President for Global Brand Development and was appointed to Chief Marketing Officer in 2011. As CMO, she leads the team responsible for brand positioning, new product development, advertising, packaging and digital marketing. In addition, Adkins-Green oversees the creation and deployment of new technology-based marketing tools for the iconic beauty company and its 3 million Independent Beauty Consultants in more than 35 global markets.


Amway Commences Manufacturing Expansion in Vietnam

In the midst of a $375 million manufacturing and R&D expansion, Amway has broken ground on a new NUTRILITE™ manufacturing facility in Binh Duong, Vietnam. The company says it will complete construction on the $25 million facility in 2015.

The Binh Duong site is Amway’s second in Vietnam, where the company has been operating since 2009. The global direct seller is also building four U.S. facilities (two in Michigan and one in California and Washington) that will support its leading NUTRILITE brand, as well as a manufacturing plant in India and a botanical research and experience center in China. Amway has slated completion of all its ongoing expansion projects by 2016.

In additional company news, Amway has announced the launch of its business in Kazakhstan, further expanding its operations in more than 100 countries and territories. The national headquarters for Amway Kazakhstan will be based in Almaty, the country’s largest city.


Casa Herbalife Expands in Indonesia

Herbalife Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to improving lives by helping organizations provide healthy nutrition to vulnerable children, has launched its second Casa Herbalife Program in Indonesia, which focuses on nutrition for children with special needs.

The new Casa Herbalife program will support Rumah Autis, a social organization that provides education and therapy to poor families with children diagnosed with autism and other special needs. HFF will provide an initial grant to improve the nutrition of 250 children who take part in Rumah Autis programs located in different regions of Indonesia. The money will also be used for building renovation and upgrading kitchen and sanitary equipment to create a better and safer environment for the children.

Casa Herbalife is HFF’s flagship program offering grants to nonprofit organizations that provide supportive social services to underprivileged children around the world, including special projects and ongoing programs that fund good nutrition.

To date, more than 100 Casa Herbalife programs have been established across the world, including 22 in the Asia Pacific region.