As this year is approaching its end, I would like to extend my best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season to you and your dear ones! I am used to spending this season surrounded by snow in Sweden and I must say that this year comes as a nice change of environment as I get to spend the holiday season in beautiful, sunny Sri Lanka together with my family that are visiting for the first time. I wish this period brings you and your families joy, peace and calm and of course, time for reflection
At the end of every significant period, I like to take time for reflection. Looking back at the year of 2019, I feel extremely happy and humbled to have had the opportunity to move to Sri Lanka and join our Oriflame family here. In my opinion there are not many countries in the world that can compete with the beauty of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan people, and our Oriflame community is no exception. Being part of it is a blessing, and I want, once again, to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your warming welcome and making me feel at home from the very first meeting with each one of you.
When I came to Sri Lanka in May, the country had undergone one of the greatest tragic events in recent years during the Easter Sunday Blasts. I am still amazed by the strength of Sri Lankan people for holding through and moving past the difficult times. As a Swedish company, taking responsibility in the societies we operate as well as protecting nature, lies in our DNA. I am very proud, that with your help, we managed to raise funds that have been donated to the Cardinals fund for the betterment of the lives of the affected children. Many thanks for you kind-hearted contributions!
And in the true spirit of Sri Lankan culture, you stand strong and rise fast. From June onwards, 2019 came to be marked by our annual theme for the year It starts with you. And indeed, it started with us! WOW, what achievements we have behind us. The year has been record-breaking in many aspects; we had the highest MS and DS participation, the highest ever monthly sales since the start of the company, the highest number of new Senior Managers, to name a few… And now, with only a few days left of the year, we stand before making this the strongest year ever in Oriflame Sri Lanka history! Congratulations to all of you that have been part of these fantastic achievements! It truly started with us!
During the year we have both talked about and experienced our brand positioning statement, Beauty by Sweden. We believe, that because we are from Sweden, we have a different view on both beauty and business, and this is what makes us truly unique. No matter where we operate, Oriflame is a Swedish company with the highest international standards. To me personally, it is very important that Oriflame is a company that you can count on and trust, and that this is reinforced in all aspects of our business. This will continue to be one of my top priorities throughout 2020, and in case you have any doubts or concerns with regards to this, please do feel free to come to me. My door is always open.
Throughout the year, we have launched many new initiatives to help you build your business and support your growth. And although we have achieved plenty, a lot stands before us in 2020. In 2020, I count on you, to help me prove that Speed is the new Oriflame. 2020 will be the year where we will achieve milestone after milestone, where you will reach multiple new titles and qualify for conferences like never before. A wise man once said, that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. We will do nothing of its sort. As always, Oriflame will be with you every step of the way, empowering you through strong digital systems, trainings, attractive campaigns and programs, unforgettable conferences and events and much, much more. I am confident that you will be very excited when you see what we have in store for you next year. Make sure you are ready to be part of the journey, it will be an exciting one!
In review; indeed, 2019, Started with US, and we sure made it a start to remember. Now, as we enter 2020, I encourage you, dear Leaders, consultants and staff, to join me as we invite others to be part of our remarkable journey and Share our passion. Because passion for Oriflame and the work that we do, is what binds us all together. Sharing your passion is about encouraging everyone to show their positive and energetic attitude. Excitement is contagious and if you share yours, people will start to mimic your attitude and behaviour. This is when we will see fantastic things happening!
From the bottom of my heart, I wish you strong closing of 2019 and all the success in the year of 2020! I look forward to going on this journey with you. Now: #ShareYourPassion2020