WFDSA XV World Congress

WFDSA would like to extend a special thanks and congratulations  to our gracious host, DSA of France for hosting the most unforgettable, insightful, fascinating WFDSA XV World Congress!  Click on the link below for some pictures of the event with more to come shortly:



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US DSA Update

US DSA announces its support for the Anti-Pyramid Promotional Scheme Act of 2017, H.R. 3409, bipartisan consumer protection legislation introduced by Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Marc Veasey (D-TX). The legislation will help consumers avoid illegal scams, and provide definitive guidance to direct selling companies in the industry on acceptable, ethical business practices.  “DSA is committed to continually enhancing the industry’s self-regulation and transparency, and has long worked to promote strong consumer protection legislation at the state and federal level,” said US DSA President Joseph N. Mariano.

H.R. 3409 would define a pyramid scheme in federal statute as it is in all 50 states. The legislation uses a similar definition as codified by dozens of states and in numerous court decisions. It would also require all direct selling companies to adopt the same gold standard buy back policy as required under DSA’s Code of Ethics. US DSA member companies must buy back unused inventory at 90 percent or more of the original cost—an unparalleled consumer protection that is not seen outside of the industry.

“At the end of the day, this is all about protecting American consumers,” Mariano said. “DSA strongly supports a federal statute to provide a definition of a pyramid scheme as all states have done. DSA will continue to have conversations to strengthen support for and help shape this critical legislation with a goal of securing its final passage.”

As the voice of direct selling companies in the U.S., US DSA sets high ethical standards, grounded in a rigorous set of standards in a Code of Ethics that its member companies abide by. The US DSA Code’s requirements far exceed the minimum standards imposed by applicable laws and regulations. It is enforced by an independent administrator, who is responsible for resolving complaints made against member companies.

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DSA of Thailand Direct Selling Day

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On June 25, 2017, The Thai DSA held an awards ceremony to honor 98 outstanding direct sellers.  Secretary-General  of the Thai Consumer Protection Board Chalermvuthisak  attended the event.  Over 1,500 people including CEOs of member companies, direct sellers, media and government officials also attended the event.

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On May 26th, AVEDISCO organized its 7th annual “Direct Selling Forum”.  More than 300 DSA member and potential member company executives attended the event in the headquarters of the economic daily newspaper “Il Sole 24Ore” in Milan.   AVEDISCO was founded on July 7, 1969 and currently has 38 members.  The forum topics focused on direct selling evolution and the digital era”.   During the evening, AVEDISCO celebrated its 23rd annual awards and gala dinner with more than 180 member company executives.  The awards program was moderated by a famous Italian television host Giorgio Mastrota and awards were given to the best direct sellers of each DSA member company.

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Secretaries Seminar

Orlando Group Photo

On June 4, 2017, WFDSA Secretaries Seminar was held in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with U.S. DSA Annual Meeting.  DSA Secretaries from the European, Latin America, North America and Asian region participated in the event.  This marked the 15th anniversary of the Secretaries Seminar.  The seminar focused on issues of importance to the industry and exchange of best practices.

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Peruvian Chamber of Direct Selling (CAPEVEDI) Board of Directors 2017-2019


CAPEVDI announced their new Board of Directors for the period 2017-2019.  Mr. Walter Tapia from Unique has been appointed Chairman, Mr. César Farfan from Dupree has been appointed Vice-Chairman,  Mr. Eduardo Eiger from Natura has been appointed Secretary and Mr. Camilo Macia from Oriflame has been appointed Treasurer.

Chairman Tapia presented CAPEVEDI’s key initiatives for the period 2017 – 2019. Some of these initiatives include strengthening the image of direct selling in Peru and increasing the number of members.

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Direct Selling Australia 2017 DSA Industry Award Winners


On June 19, 2017, during the 50th Anniversary Conference celebratory dinner, Direct Selling Australia announced the winners of the inaugural DSA industry awards. The DSA recognized member companies for their outstanding efforts and celebrated their innovation within the changing industry.

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DSA of Malaysia Update

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On March 21, 2017, the Ethics Council Malaysia (ECM) an initiative of the DSA of Malaysia was launched by Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism YB Dato’ Seri Hamzah Bin Zainudin. The role of ECM is to form a united front against pyramid schemes, illegal investment schemes and all other illegal schemes. ECM functions by collaborating information on suspected illegal schemes, deliberating if these schemes are legitimate and disseminating the information to law enforcers for their immediate actions plus warning the public of such illegal activities.   ECM is chaired by DSAM Vice President Datuk Tan Chong Guan and consists of representatives from the DSA, Domestic Trade Division and Enforcement Division of MDTCC, Intelligence and Operations Unit, Royal Malaysia Police, MCA Public Services and Complaints Department, Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) and Wong & Partners. Complaints can be filed online via the ECM link at



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DSA of Philippines Update 

DTI Usec Zeny Maglaya with Chairman Joey Sarmiento (3)DSA of Philippines (DSAP) theme for the year is “Stronger Together: Committed to Excellence”. The DSA recently held its first general membership meeting titled “Connect”.  Guest speakers from COL Financials Group spoke to member companies about the financial forecast and financial literacy.  The event also included the induction of the Board Members, the awarding of certificate of membership and a speech from Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry Zeny Maglaya on industry updates that will impact the DSAP projects

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Polish DSA Celebrates “Consumer 2017”

PolandOn March 15 2017, the Polish DSA (PSSB) in cooperation with the Consumer Federation held an annual event in Warsaw, Poland devoted to “Consumer 2017” in honor of International Consumer Day.  The theme of the event “Consumers and Entrepreneurs – Together or Apart” focused on a wide range of topics between consumers, producers and entrepreneurs.  The event was well attended by more than 130 people from local consumer organizations and government officials.

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