Company: USANA Health Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT USA
Nomination Category: Employer of the Year - Health Products & Services
Employer of the Year Essay:
USANA is known around the world for its mission of providing people with the opportunity to achieve “true health and true wealth”, and that mission begins with USANA’s employees, who are encouraged to improve their health and given numerous opportunities to advance their current and future financial situations. The company also prides itself on the incredible charitable contributions it has made to people from the state of Utah, to people all over the world.
USANA employees can count on a fun, open and community-focused workplace, led by a management team that is committed to acting on its employees’ ideas, values, and concerns. A few of the initiatives that make USANA a healthy place to work include offering employees complimentary USANA nutritional products at a value of more than $1.5 million each year; providing on-site fitness facilities that includes an indoor basketball court, 4,000 square feet of locker room space, and a 2,000 square foot cardio and strength-training facility; contracts with licensed instructors to teach group fitness classes, such as yoga, bootcamp and CrossFit several times a week.
Employees also voluntarily participate in Utah’s annual “Maintain Don’t Gain” program through the holiday season. Employees who successfully maintain or lose weight from Thanksgiving through the beginning of the New Year are eligible to win more than $3,000 in prizes. The 2016 program had 350 USANA participants who lost just over 700 pounds total.
USANA’s flagship charitable organization, the True Health Foundation has done incredible work for people in need all over the world. Over the last year, the True Health Foundation has:
a. Raised more than $2.6M through donations.
b. Teamed up with corporate partner Women’s Tennis Association to kick off its Aces for Humanity campaign, raising more than $25,000.
c. Hosted the fund-raising Champions for Change 5K during USANA’s International Convention. All proceeds were donated to the Foundation and in 2016 the race/event brought in an astonishing $167,113.
d. 3200 supply boxes—which equals 153,600 meals for those in need—were packed during 2016 convention.
e. Provided 6.2 million meals across Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin America, Haiti, Nepal and the United States.
f. Supplied over $180,000 to support health education programs, food and home construction.
g. Gave $738,722 in Usanimals children's multivitamins to orphanages, clinics and mercy networks throughout the world.
h. Assisted in relief efforts in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew in October. Through its partnership with International Relief Teams and the Children's Hunger Fund, THF provided $80,000 to assist in relief efforts.
i. Took humanitarian trip to Baja, Mexico, where they spent a week serving a poverty-stricken area including an orphanage and the surrounding community.
USANA also continues to contribute to the local community through its long-standing partnership with neighboring Kennedy Junior High school. Within the last 12 months USANA employee volunteers were given leave from work to participate in career mentoring and job fair opportunities at the school, and students were welcomed to USANA’s corporate headquarters to display their artwork and put on musical performances.
USANA Health Sciences’ background of achievements has grown immensely over the past fourteen years, driven by amazing growth in its product sales. The company recently reported its fourteenth consecutive year of mind-blowing record sales and earnings. Net sales for 2016 increased by an unbelievable 9.5 percent to a record $1.006 billion. 2016 marked the first time USANA reached the billion-dollar mark.
USANA has repeatedly been named one of Utah’s Best Companies to Work For by Utah Business magazine and one of America’s Best Companies to Work For by Outside Magazine, six consecutive years in 2014, one of the Best Places to Work for in the Direct Selling Industry by Direct Selling News in 2015, one of the Salt Lake Tribune's Best Places to Work in Utah, one of Utah Business Magazine's Healthies Compines, and received the Gold Stevie at the Stevie Best Places to Work awards in 2016.
Employer of the Year Summary
• 2016 marked USANA’s 14th consecutive year of record sales.
• Reached the billion-dollar sales record for the first time in the company’s history.
• Raised millions of dollars for local and worldwide charities, including USANA’s own True Health Foundation.
• Named one of the best places to work in the industry and the state of Utah.
• Launched the new InCelligenceä Technology that features groundbreaking cellular communication technology.
• Extended its partnership with the Women’s Tennis Association through 2017.
• Signed superstar athletes and organizations including tennis champ Monica Puig, NFL pro Rashad Jennings, and became the health and wellness sponsor of English football club Bournemouth AFC.
• Launched an updated and personalized food line.
• Remains a trusted partner and sponsor of The Dr. Oz Show.
• Had 4 products certified pure by third party tester, ConsumerLab.com