The senseless killing of George Floyd, and so many others known and unknown, has outraged people around the world. There have simply been too many lives lost in a long history of racism and inequality.

Our founder, Mark Hughes, started the company more than 40 years ago based on a number of core principles including equality, inclusion, and love for humanity — fundamental principles that continue to shape who we are as a company. Operating in 94 countries around the globe provides us with a unique opportunity and a responsibility to be part of the solution, and we are committed to listening, to learning, and to taking action. Ultimately, to helping our company and our communities become better.

We must stand up and speak out against racism, not just now, but always. Remaining silent is not an option.

To this end, last week I engaged in open and honest conversations with our employees and our distributors about racial inequality and the need for change. I heard anger, sadness, and frustration. Please know I, and the rest of the management team, stand with all members of our Black community and all individuals who decry racism and yearn for the change that has eluded our societies for way too long.

Our conversations will continue, but they are just a start. I look forward to reviewing the findings of our internal review on the state of racial equality at Herbalife Nutrition so we can do better. More immediately, we are supporting the important work of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Urban League. As an organization dedicated to empowering communities and changing lives, we share many of the same core principles; and our partnership with them will be impactful in our hometown of Los Angeles.

Despite the challenges we face as a society, I remain optimistic. I am inspired by the millions of people all over the world who are demanding better for our society. I am inspired by our employees and our distributors who have spoken out against racism and inequality. I am inspired by the willingness of so many people to finally acknowledge that things must change.

As always, we are at our best when we work together. Therefore, I encourage all the members of the Herbalife Nutrition community to take an active role in learning more and continuously advancing the causes of equality, inclusion, and love for humanity — causes that define our very being.

John O. Agwunobi

John AgwunobiChairman and Chief Executive Officer

John Agwunobi is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Herbalife Nutrition, a premier global nutrition company that serves customers in 95 countries. Mr. Agwunobi is a passionate proponent of Herbalife Nutrition’s mission to improve the nutrition habits of people worldwide, strengthening our communities and providing independent distributors a business opportunity to earn supplemental income.