Top Companies Report

31. Shaklee Corporation

July 11, 2011

Pleasanton, CA


Sales: $350 million


$350 million for household, personal care and nutritional products.

Key Personnel:

Roger Barnett, chairman and chief executive officer; Dr. Jamie McManus, chairman of medical affairs, health sciences and education.

Major Products:

Basic-H² and Scour-Off home care, Enfuselle skin care, Minerelles makeup, Shakleebaby personal care, ProSanté hair care.

New Products:

Enfuselle Nutrition Therapy Skin Care System, ProSanté Nourishing Scalp Treatment.


Established in 1956 by Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, Shaklee has been a leading multi-level marketer of natural nutrition, household and personal care products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including more than 50 patents and patents-pending items worldwide, Shaklee has more than 750,000 members and distributors worldwide and operates in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and soon, in China.

At its annual conference in Anaheim, CA last summer, Shaklee revealed that it surpassed $5 billion in commissions paid to its more than 1.2 million Shaklee Family Members worldwide.

“Shaklee’s mission is to create the best natural health products and market them through a business model that gives people the opportunity to achieve the dream of owning their own business and controlling their financial future,” said CEO Roger Barnett. “This commission milestone is a tribute to the tens of thousands of distributors around the world who have found success in their own independent business with Shaklee.”

The company also kicked off a new Car Incentive Program which will allow distributors to qualify for car bonuses that can be used to pay for a lease or purchase of a brand new automobile, with extra incentives for those who lease or purchase hybrid vehicles.

“Shaklee’s new rewards and compensation program perfectly aligns with our values by creating new opportunities for distributors to grow their business with tangible lifestyle and financial incentives,” said Barnett. “This program will also allow our distributors to touch more people and share the Shaklee opportunity of doing well by doing good. That's a powerful thing.”

Also last summer, researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Shaklee Corporation partnered to study the impact of a unique blend of resveratrol and muscadine polyphenols found in Shaklee Vivix Cellular Anti-Aging dietary supplement, on human muscle cell mitochondria, the intra-cellular power plants that generate cellular energy.

With this research, Dr. Jamie McManus, chairman of medical affairs, health sciences and education at Shaklee, and Dr. Michael Zemel of the University of Tennessee sought to determine the impact of this unique polyphenol blend on key biological processes related to cellular energy production and aging.

“One of the key mechanisms of aging is a decline in mitochondrial mass as well as the effectiveness of the mitochondria,” said Dr. McManus. “In our research, we’re trying to validate the impact of Vivix polyphenols on mitochondrial biogenesis-shorthand for how the number and size of mitochondria help create cellular energy and boost metabolism. We’re excited to share our research goals with the medical community and create a baseline for future studies on polyphenols and cellular energy metabolism.”

The 2011 Shaklee Global Conference is set for Aug. 10-14 in Washington, DC. Guest speaker will be Aron Ralston, whose survival story in 2003 made headlines around the world. After being pinned by a half-ton boulder for nearly a week in a remote three-foot-wide slot canyon in southern Utah, Ralston narrowly escaped death by severing his right forearm with a dull pocketknife. After applying a tourniquet, he hiked and rappelled for five hours through Blue John Canyon before searchers rescued him.

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