Wow! I received a lot of great feedback from Part 1: My Shaklee Story, thank you! I am glad that you enjoyed it! Today, I am going to share some history and facts about Shaklee as a Company. There is a lot more to Shaklee than the famous Basic H that I always talking about. I am really excited about this post because I love sharing Shaklee with others!
I am proud to be part of Shaklee and I firmly believe that you should know the background about a company and what it stands for before you start using it and/or representing it!!!
Warning: Longest post EVER…I am a talker and struggle with what all to say, but there is just so much great info to give you!
What is Shaklee Corporation?
Shaklee is the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S. (which is why it always surprises me when people haven’t heard of it), carrying 4 different lines of products: nutrition, health and beauty, get clean, and a line of baby care items. We have been making people healthier for over 55 years. And we’ve made it part of our job to make the planet healthier along the way.
We were doing it back when green was just a color and biodegradable was barely a word. In fact, as early as 1960, we made one of the first biodegradable household cleaners ever; and Basic H is the same today as it was back then!
We were also the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral certification and totally offset our CO2 emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment. Amazing, right?
We do what we do because we think it’s essential to do our small part as part of the movement to make people and the planet healthier. In doing so, we believe each of our contributions put together will create the major change we wish to see in the world.
What is Shaklee’s Legacy?
Like I said, for over 55 years Shaklee has been leading the way in natural health products and sustainable business practices.
We were founded by Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee. In 1915 he created “Vitalized Minerals”, one of the first multivitamins in the world. When he founded Shaklee Corporation in 1956, he helped pioneer both the nutritional supplement industry and a distribution method that rewards word-of-mouth referrals.
When everybody else was celebrating plastic and synthetic materials, Shaklee turned to nature—finding the purest natural ingredients for vitamins and making one of the first biodegradable household cleaners ever.
When everybody else was spending their marketing dollars on advertising, Shaklee invested what would amount to billions of dollars in rewards for people who spread the word. Not to mention millions of dollars in research and development.
Shaklee Corporation continues to lead the way in the belief that the health and prosperity of people and the planet offer the greatest hope for a better world.
What is Shaklee’s Philosophy?
Generations of families have counted on us to do what no other company can do quite like Shaklee—make products that are naturally safe AND proven effective.
Our mission at Shaklee is to provide a healthier life for everyone and a better life for anyone. We do it by making natural products that are so exceptional, you just have to tell your friends. Every product that goes into every Shaklee bottle is designed to improve health, work without compromise, and be gentle on the planet.
When you pick Shaklee, you will know three things to be true. It is always safe. It always works. And it is always green.
Shaklee is about Health!
Over $250 million invested in clinical testing, research, and development
Over 83,000 tests annually for product quality (each ingredient is tested before it goes into our products and after the product is completed to ensure it is pure, potent, and safe! No other company does this!)
Over 100 scientific papers, 90 of them published in peer-reviewed journals
Quality far beyond industry standards
But the real reason is much less quantifiable: It’s passion.
We think health is the most important thing in the whole world. Without it, you have nothing else.
So everything that goes into every Shaklee bottle is designed to make you healthy. And to do it so well you tell your friends about it.
Dr. Shaklee’s vision was to give people the wealth of health. We still think that’s the best idea to build a company on.
Shaklee is about Nature!
Following Dr. Shaklee’s advice, we draw from the wisdom of nature in everything we do.
True words. Spoken in the age of machines and plastic.
What that means is we make products from the purest natural ingredients. And we take stringent measures to keep out pesticides, contaminants, and other unnatural things that simply don’t belong there. But just as important as what we take from nature, is what we don’t take.
Our world headquarters in Pleasanton, CA is a renowned model of environmental responsibility. We make products that are gentle on the planet. And we do not test on animals.
Ever since Shaklee was founded, we’ve been following the laws of nature.
So far, we’ve never gone wrong.
Shaklee is about People!
Dr. Shaklee passed it on to millions of people whose lives have been changed by it. You can’t find a Shaklee product on a single store shelf. You find it through conversation. In the living room. On the phone. Over a cup of coffee. And on my blog!
You find it when someone believes in it so strongly, they just have to tell you about it. Dr. Shaklee found out that this was the best way to spread the message of health, because it’s based on trust in the people you know. You’d never share a cleaner that didn’t work with someone/A refreshing concept in business in Dr. Shaklee’s time. And even more so today.
Instead of putting money into advertising and supply chains and storefronts, we believe our money is better spent by rewarding people who share Shaklee products with the people they know.
You tell your friend about a great movie. You tell your friend about a restaurant he shouldn’t miss. Shaklee products get shared in the same way.
Shaklee is about doing what’s right!
Sometimes, you do things because they’re good for business. And, sometimes, you do things just because you should.
Among the things Shaklee has done are:
our campaign to plant a million trees (in only 3 years)
our sponsorship of three North Pole expeditions to measure the impact of global warming
Our donation of environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, used on board Jacques Cousteau’s research vessels.
Our donation of vitamins and nutrition drinks to undernourished children and earthquake victims.
Our support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to promote human rights and end poverty.
Our partnership with Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first Nobel Peace laureate recognized for environmental work.
Our official sponsorship of Earth Day. Our donation of almost half a million dollars to U.S. hurricane relief. Our annual giving that has topped $3 million.
The list goes on.
And so does our commitment to doing what’s right simply because it is.
Shaklee is about Opportunity!
At Shaklee, we not only offer a life-changing immune supplement. We offer a life-changing opportunity.
To people who believe in Shaklee products enough to tell their friends about them, we offer a unique chance for them to be their own boss, on their own terms, and to work beyond whatever goals they set.
We’re not just talking about an opportunity to make a huge income. We’re talking about an opportunity to spend a huge chunk of time with your kids.
Unlike other businesses, the opportunity is yours no matter where you live, where you did or didn’t go to school, who gets your foot in what door, what’s on your resume, or if you even have one.
Unlike other businesses with glass ceilings and salary caps, there is no limit to where this opportunity can take you.
Unlike other businesses that offer a way to make a living, this opportunity is a way to make living better.
It is THE chosen products used in the White House, thanks to VP’s Cheney’s beautiful wife!
It is exclusively used by all astronauts in space! Shaklee created a special formula for them to drink as they reenter the earth’s atmosphere! Pretty cool, huh?
It was featured by Oprah as one of her Favorite Things! And come on, we all love my fellow Nashvillian!
Shaklee is Family!
Shaklee means spending more time with YOUR family. It is my dream, that eventually, Andrew and I will be able to both work from home and travel as a family together. I know it can happen, because I’ve seen it happen.
It also means forming a different family. A family of team members. I seriously have the most amazing group of ladies (and even a handful of great men) that I work with! We all work very well together, though we are all over the country. We have meetings weekly and our own personal online “office” (thank you, facebook) where we are always on sharing ideas, advice, and motivating each other like a family does!
Ahh, I could talk about this all day! But I will wrap it up for your sake. It is just so incredible! If you are at all interested in learning more, or joining my team, please email me!
And DON’T FORGET to register for my party Thursday night!!! You will learn (a much abbreviated version) a little more about Shaklee and our products, and get to chat with me! PLUS, there will a special ONLY for those that come!
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful day! My back is locked up, so I’ve enjoyed a day of puzzles and coloring from the couch!