IBO Best Practice Messages

Following the Rules – Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation

Even though you hear about other direct selling opportunities, you know that you chose the best with your Amway™ Independent Business and no need to even look at the rest!


There are also contractual obligations under the Rules of Conduct regarding participating in more than one direct selling business. Rule 6 is where you’ll find what you need to know about participating in other direct selling businesses and your obligations not to compete or solicit.

Here are a few key points about your contract with Amway:


  • As a current IBO and for 6 months after your contract with Amway ends – you agreed not to own, manage, operate, consult for, serve in a key position in, or participate as an independent business owner/distributor in any other direct sales program using a multilevel or network marketing structure.

  • This same agreement applies to involvement in any other enterprise that markets, through independent business owners/distributors, products, or services functionally interchangeable with those offered through or by Amway.

  • In addition to agreeing not to compete as defined in the Rules of Conduct, you also have agreed that, while you are an IBO and during the twenty-four-month period after your contract with Amway ends, you won’t, on your own behalf or on behalf of any person or entity, directly or indirectly, encourage, solicit, or otherwise attempt to recruit or persuade (i) any IBO or (ii) any person who has been an IBO within the past two calendar years, to own, manage, operate, consult for, serve in a key position in, or participate as an independent business owner/distributor in (a) any other direct sales program using a multilevel or network marketing structure, or (b) any other enterprise that markets, through independent business owners/distributors, products or services functionally interchangeable with those offered through or by Amway.

  • And just one other quick reminder. The “Husband and Wife” Rule (Rule 3.4) – includes the statement, “An IBO will be held accountable for the actions of a spouse, whether or not the spouse is an IBO, so far as the Rules of Conduct are concerned.” So please remember that you violate the Rules if your spouse is involved in a competing business, even if your spouse is not an Amway IBO.

This Best Practices Message gave you a few highlights. You can check out Rule 6.2 for full details of your responsibilities regarding non-competition and non- solicitation.

It is important for all of us to be reminded of our contractual obligations. The Rules of Conduct are part of your contract with Amway and are all about protecting you, your business, and Amway.


Let’s work toward a positive, productive, and rewarding future for you, your team, and your Amway™ Independent Business.



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