Melaleuca is an international manufacturer and distributor of more than 450 superior health, pharmaceutical, personal care and home care products. The Wellness Company has become one of the largest catalog and online wellness retailers in North America, and it is the largest manufacturer of consumer packaged goods in the Northwest. Today, millions of households shop with Melaleuca every month.
Since its founding in 1985, Melaleuca has become one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America. It generates over $2 billion in annual revenues and operates in 20 countries and territories around the globe.
An Inc. 500 Hall-of-Famer and with over 5,000 employees, Melaleuca has been named by Forbes in two consecutive years as one of America’s best places to work.
Founded: September 1, 1985
CEO: Frank VanderSloot
Ownership: Privately Held
Number of Products: 450+
Annual Revenue: Over $2 billion USD
Countries and Territories: United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
Origin of Name: The company’s name originates from Melaleuca alternifolia, an Australian tree that produces a natural oil known for its antiseptic qualities. Originally, all of the company’s products contained Melaleuca oil as a key ingredient. Over the years, as the product line has expanded, not every product has incorporated it. Today, less than 5 percent of Melaleuca’s 450+ products contain melaleuca oil.
Mission Statement: Enhance the lives of those we touch by helping people reach their goals.
Location of World Headquarters: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Notable Awards & Achievements
Throughout its history, Melaleuca has received a variety of awards. Melaleuca has been formally recognized by several organizations and individuals for its innovative business model, consistent growth, and dedication to quality customer service. In addition, The Wellness Company has been honored multiple times for its generous corporate spirit, philanthropy, humanitarian aid in times of national disaster, and overall mission of enhancing lives.
In recognition of Melaleuca’s long history of running to the rescue after natural disasters, the American Red Cross of Idaho named Melaleuca its Corporate Partner of the Year, in 2019.
Below is a small sampling of some of the awards and honors that Melaleuca has received over the years. For the complete list, please visit melaleucaawards.com.
|2020||Forbes List of Best Employers in America|
|2020||Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame Award|
|2019||American Red Cross of Idaho Corporate Partner of the Year Award|
|2019||Idaho Business Review ICON Award|
|2018||Idaho Business Review CEO of Influence|
|2015||Horatio Alger Award|
|2009||Better Business Bureau Hall of Fame|
|2007||Salvation Army The Others Award|
|2005||Better Business Bureau Hall of Fame|
|2000||Inc. 500 Hall of Fame|
A Legacy of Innovation
The story of Melaleuca is one of constant innovation on all fronts, including product development, process improvement, and technology infrastructure to become one of the largest e-commerce companies in North America.
In 2020, Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot was inducted into the Idaho Technology Hall of Fame in recognition of The Wellness Company’s scientific breakthroughs in developing exclusive natural products and becoming the state’s largest e-commerce company. With his induction into the Hall of Fame, Frank joined the ranks of tech entrepreneurs who have demonstrated success creating new systems, embracing emerging technologies, and solving problems using disruptive innovation.
Melaleuca relies on cutting-edge scientific research to identify and amplify the many benefits of naturally-based ingredients and uses those discoveries to create products that outperform national brands. In almost all cases, The Wellness Company finds natural ingredients to be the best, most effective, and healthiest alternative.
Before Melaleuca decides to bring a product to market, the company must first be convinced that it is either (1) a much better product than the competitors or (2) it can be delivered in equal or better quality at a much better price. If it does not meet either of those criteria, Melaleuca won’t sell it.
Nature is in everything we do. Because the environment is so important to our health, Melaleuca’s philosophy on how to create and maintain a clean environment inside and outside the home is totally different than that of our competitors.
Melaleuca uses only safe, proven, and trusted ingredients—nothing harsh or toxic. As a company that cares deeply about the environment and relies on innovative scientific research to identify and amplify the many benefits of natural-based ingredients, we believe that natural, biodegradable ingredients can provide the same or better cleaning effectiveness as harsh, harmful chemicals—without doing any damage whatsoever to the environment inside our homes, and without doing any damage to our streams and oceans once we dispose of them.
Another way that Melaleuca demonstrates its care for the environment is by creating formulations that are far more concentrated and therefore saving millions of pounds of plastic. For example, one bottle of our concentrated product makes twelve spray bottles of power cleaner, and that means less plastic waste, less product shipped, and more savings for the customer. By manufacturing concentrated products—which reduces the need to produce, ship, and dispose of plastic—Melaleuca has saved the environment from more than 260 million pounds of plastic waste, 45 million gallons of fuel consumption and 1.4 billion pounds of harmful gas emissions.
The Melaleuca Foundation was created as a charitable arm for Melaleuca to reach out and enhance the lives of those most in need.
The Foundation was created in 2001 in the devastating aftermath of the September 11 attacks, when it raised and donated more than $800,000 to aid several individuals who had fallen through the cracks after the tragedy and were in need of financial support.
Since that time, the Melaleuca Foundation has expanded and has continued to do good where good is needed. It actively supports a range of worthy causes including feeding the hungry, providing relief after natural disasters, and honoring our veterans. It is also the sole financial sponsor of a special orphanage in Quito, Ecuador.