Last month, Typhoon Haiyan—the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record—left thousands in the country dead and over 1 million people displaced. As our December News in Brief reports, several direct selling companies took action to aid relief efforts in the days immediately following the disaster. Since then, several additional companies have marshalled their resources to support those displaced and often in need of the most basic necessities.
Tupperware Brands has announced relief donations totaling nearly $1 million, including supplies of food and water; 10,000 family packs containing products for storing food, water, clothes and other valuables; and a monetary donation to the American Red Cross in support of its crucial aid to storm victims. The company has also urged its salesforce and customers worldwide to donate—with a pledge to match every dollar given, up to $30,000—to the American Red Cross through Tupperware’s Chain of Caring Program.
Isagenix International has partnered with Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization, to provide nutritious meals to survivors of the storm. The global health-and-wellness company has supplied 15,000 boxes of its IsaLean® whey protein meal replacement shake to the organization, which will provide 210,000 high-protein, nutrient-dense meals to people across the region.
In addition to operating in the Philippines, Reliv International was already providing quality nutrition to thousands of children daily through its 100+ Reliv Kalogris Foundation (RKF) feeding programs in the country. Most of those programs survived the storm undamaged, and the RKF is currently distributing 1,500 cases of its Reliv Now® for Kids daily nutritional supplement. The RKF has furthered its outreach in the region by partnering with Convoy of Hope, an international disaster response organization. With the addition of all RKF donations made online in November, Reliv contributions have amounted to $576,000 in nutritional products and over $25,000 in cash.
Germany-based PM-International AG has supported relief efforts through its established partnership—PM members worldwide have sponsored 550 children—with aid organization World Vision. PM and its distributors participated in a charity campaign that raised $224,400. The funds, which World Vision CEO Christoph Hiligen called “the largest donation to World Vision for the Philippines” to date, enabled the purchase of 15 children’s shelters. The large supply tents will provide protection and care for up to 3,000 Filipino children.
Organo Gold is also responding to the needs of its members in the Philippines, some of whom have lost homes and loved ones. OG has coordinated with people on the ground to ensure that relief packages from its business hub in Cebu reach OG members in need of assistance, particularly in remote areas most affected by the storm.
Jusuru International launched a company-wide campaign to raise funds for the Philippines through its Global Giving website. The company matched all donations made through Nov. 30, raising thousands in support of relief efforts.
UPDATE: Since we posted this report, additional companies have provided details of their ongoing support for the Philippines. The report reflects these updates.