Global giant Amway confirms job cuts

Kent County

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A month ahead of celebrating its 60th anniversary, Amway is announcing job cuts.

A company spokesperson confirmed the cuts Monday, but wouldn’t disclose the exact number of jobs being eliminated. However, he said calling the job cuts “major” would be inaccurate.

An anonymous viewer sent 24 Hour News 8 the internal memo and video from Amway managers, which indicates this is the second phase of cuts and they are focused on the human resources department.

“These changes mean we will be saying goodbye to some of our colleagues and friends, which we know will be difficult. Core to Amway’s culture is our values, and we remain committed to them and supporting employees through this transition. As we go through this process, I encourage you to reach out to your friends and colleagues and see how they are doing —support one another and lift each other up,” Amway Chief Human Resources Officer Clair Groen says in the video.

In December, Amway announced it had eliminated 45 management-level positions worldwide.

Amway says its legal, human resources, supply chain, finance and strategy and planning departments will be impacted. The company says it’s “communicating specifics to our employees first, over the coming weeks.”

The company released the following statement Monday: 

“Amway is committed to strengthening its business opportunity so Amway Business Owners can be more competitive and successful in today’s marketplace. To ensure that happens, we’re investing in many aspects of the business and evaluating our global structure so that our resources align with our strategic focus. As a result of this process, we are making changes to our global operations in key back-office functions. We have begun communicating these changes to our employees and will be sharing more with them in the coming weeks.”

Amway was founded by Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos in 1959. The Ada Township-based company specializes in selling home, health and beauty products through thousands of individual sellers worldwide.

Amway will mark its 60th anniversary with its top sellers in Las Vegas in May.

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