The QI Group of Companies was established during a financial crisis in East and Southeast Asia. This took place in 1998 when the internet was in its infancy among the general public. Founder Vijay Eswaran saw an opportunity in the business world where other entrepreneurs saw uncertainty. He started QI Group as a company that sells products through direct marketing and an e-commerce website.
QI Group has multiple product lines which include travel & leisure, training, education, fine timepieces, technology, and entrepreneurship. An international firm, QI Group has employees from 46 nations that speak more than 50 languages. Its employs range in age from 19 to 60 years old. From 2011 to 2018, it has been named as the Best Company to Work for In Asia each year.
It is a sustainable firm. QI Tower in Hong Kong houses QI Group’s corporate headquarters. This building is certified Green Mark Gold due to its efficient use of resources such as energy and water. Vijay Eswaran advocates that people should be eating a plant-based diet which will reduce the harmful environmental effects of the meat industry. Single-use plastic has been banned from all QI Group facilities and conventions.
QI Group owns and operates a grocery chain in Hawaii, Down to Earth. This chain supports local farmers and sells only organic and natural products. It offers cooking classes so that people can eat a healthy diet instead of processed food with far too much saturated fat, added sugars, preservatives, and other harmful ingredients.
Vijay Eswaran, born in Malaysia, earned his college education in the United Kingdom and the United States. He spent time in North America working before making his return to Asia. He established QI Group in the Philippines and it quickly became an industry leader.
QI Group went on to become the dominant company in multiple countries across Asia. Along the way, it has created many micro-entrepreneurs who specialize in selling QI Group’s products. There are over 1,500 people working directly for QI Group and over one million entrepreneurs who act as independent contractors. In addition to Asia, it now operates in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.