Channel watchdog counsels companies, maintains dialogue with regulators
By: David Bland
For the cases that get to the level of a DSSRC referral, usually there’s an issue of systemic patterns of behavior that are going on—particularly with the claims; it is rarely a one-off post, and, with respect to earnings claims, in particular, it’s often the tip of the iceberg that leads the FTC to a much deeper rabbit hole.
— Peter Marinello, Vice President at BBB National Programs and Director of DSSRC
In 2019, the direct selling channel officially became a self-regulated business sector. Two years on, and the channel is reaping the benefits. Founded by the Direct Selling Association (DSA) and administered by BBB National Programs, the Direct Selling Self-Regulatory Council (DSSRC) is an independent, non-profit organization that is continuing its mission of oversight through monitoring, investigation, and enforcement of the regulations and ethics standards that have been set in place for direct sellers by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the DSA.
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