Is Herbalife a pyramid scheme?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Herbalife a pyramid scheme?

No. Herbalife is anything but a pyramid scheme.

For more than 40 years, Herbalife has employed a direct, person-to-person sales model within the nutrition industry with the objective of selling high-quality products that are in high demand by consumers around the world. At the heart of this direct sales model is the relationship between Herbalife customers and the independent distributors who support them on their wellness journey. Customers reap the benefits of personalized solutions designed to help them meet their nutrition and wellness goals, while Herbalife independent distributors are empowered to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit. Distributors establish their own businesses, with low startup costs, decide when and where they work on their own terms, and are eligible for a full refund for an entire year if they decide to cancel at any time.  For more information check out our Gold Standard Guarantees.

A pyramid scheme refers to a business that utilizes a fraudulent and illegal compensation structure that, in order to avoid inevitable collapse, must rely on recruiting an ever-increasing number of participants to keep the company afloat. Companies perpetrating a pyramid scheme focus primarily on rewarding participants for recruiting new participants in a manner unrelated to selling any actual product of value.

Distributors dedicate themselves to building an incredible experience for their customers, featuring a personalized nutrition program suited to their customers’ needs and goals. In stark contrast to a pyramid scheme, Herbalife distributors are never compensated for merely “recruiting” or adding new members; instead, their compensation is based on the genuine demand from millions of Herbalife customers that exists for its science-backed nutrition products.

Anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for improving other people’s lives can become a distributor and help spread the tools and know-how to build a healthy lifestyle to customers around the world.

Hear more from our distributors about how they’ve made a positive impact in the lives of their customers and in the communities they serve, and be sure to visit Herbalife on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.