Submission To Directorate A
Submission To Directorate A - Consumer Policy
Health And Consumer Protection Directorate - General
DOOR TO DOOR SELLING - PYRAMID SELLING -
INTRODUCTION: This submission is respectfully submitted by the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA) in the hope that it will be of assistance to the European Commission as it analyzes the Final Report entitled Door to Door Selling - Pyramid Selling - MultiLevel Marketing (Contract No. A0/7050/98/00156) submitted to the Commission by professor Dr. Hans W. Micklitz on behalf of VIEW, the Institut fur Europaisches Wirtschaftsund Verbraucherrecht e. V. While it addresses some specific misstatements in the VIEW Final Report and endorses the submission of the Federation of European Direct Selling Associations (FEDSA) and the Oppenheimer, Wolff and Donnelly legal analysis, it primarily is submitted to bring a global view of the direct selling industry to the Commission and present some basic observations that might give the reader additional insights into our methods of doing business.
WFDSA Background: Founded in 1978, the WFDSA is a not-for-profit federation of national direct selling trade associations (DSAs) from 52 countries and one regional federation representing European associations. It is governed by a board of directors consisting of one director representing each national DSA with equal votes and six officers elected from the board. All directors and officers are elected for three-year-terms. The Mission of the WFDSA is as follows:
The Mission of the WFDSA is to support direct selling associations in the areas of governance, education, communications, consumer protection and ethics in the marketplace and to promote personal interaction among direct selling executives regarding issues of importance to the industry.
A brochure describing the World Federation and a list of its board of directors is attached.