TOKYO (PRNewswire) — Amway, its employees and distributors around the globe raised an additional $1.3 million for relief efforts in Japan, more than doubling the company’s initial pledge of $1.2 million, and creating a total contribution to date of $2.5 million.
Amway President Doug DeVos traveled to Japan personally to express the company’s support at a meeting with employees and distributor leaders at Amway Japan’s headquarters in Tokyo on March 23. He also addressed Amway distributors in a webcast.
“I want to start by expressing on behalf of all of the Amway family around the world, our sympathies and our concerns for what you and all the people of Japan have gone through” DeVos said in the webcast. “The human element is our first and our foremost priority in the midst of all of this. We know that many of you have experienced loss and that many of you are fearful for the future. I want you to know your concerns are important to us. I can assure you that all of us around the world are thinking of you and praying for your strength and your comfort together through this time.”
During his visit, DeVos delivered a video message sent by his father, Amway co-founder Rich DeVos, expressing his concern for the entire country of Japan, as well as victims of the earthquake and tsunami. While the company’s employees are safe, some distributors have not yet been located.
Amway extended a pledge to match contributions globally until the end of March, up to an additional $100,000. Funds raised will support relief efforts by established organizations operating in the region. In addition, the company’s long-term recovery efforts will include projects supported by the Amway One by One Campaign for Children.
Amway Japan President John Parker said that standing by employees, distributors, suppliers and their families is paramount in a time of crisis. Parker was scheduled to visit Sendai, one of the hardest-hit regions in Japan, to meet with distributors there at the end of the week.
The company operates eight plazas used as distribution centers in Japan. Currently, the plaza in Sendai has reopened to serve as an aid center to distribute free Amway personal care and cleaning products, Parker said.
Launched in 1979, Amway Japan is one of the company’s top markets, and employs nearly 400 people to support its affiliate operations, including business administration, sales support and distribution.
The company’s website, www.amway.com, includes a link for making donations to relief efforts in Japan.