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BEAUTY WITH COMPASSION
FOR COMMUNITIES IN NEED
Many developing countries in ASEAN, such as the Philippines, are rich in agricultural products, yet many of its farmers are poor. As long as these small farmers mostly grow rice and other subsistence crops, they will always be poor. Human Nature aims to help change this by creating demand for high value essential oils instead, as well as programs that invest in skills training, sustainable technology, infrastructure, and values formation to improve the farmers' output and quality of life.

As firm believers in fair trade principles, we offer to buy at just and fair prices from our community-based suppliers, sometimes even above market prices if the market price is not enough to provide a good quality of life for the farmers. Having good business sense isn't only about getting a bargain for our raw materials; it's about ensuring that our suppliers, especially the community-based cooperatives, receive just prices for their products, too.

Through our partnerships with Gawad Kalinga and other organizations who share the same vision, we aim to develop globally-certified organic farms in the countryside that can produce excellent raw materials for Human Nature products, as well as community-based enterprises that will multiply the income of poor communities.

WORKING WITH GAWAD KALINGA

Gawad Kalinga (GK) is recognized as a global movement for nation-building, from Harvard University to the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Together with its founder, Tony Meloto, Gawad Kalinga has been given worldwide recognition for its initiatives; among them the Magsaysay Award, Asia's Nobel Prize, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Nikkei Asia Awards for Regional Growth and the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

GK builds integrated, holistic and sustainable communities in slum areas and remote rural communities with a vision to eradicate poverty by building sustainable township development that incorporates community, industry and university in an agri-based setting. The organisation focuses on health, environment and enterprise development models which have gone into market.

The GK programme is now in over 2,800 communities in the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea, and is also building global partnerships to have wider reach in areas in need all around the world.

Human Nature actively participates in GK’s social enterprise development model: as soon as GK farming villages are capable of producing our ingredients to the highest standards, we equip and empower them to grow and process what we need for Human Nature products.
THE BEST FOR THE LEAST
Human Nature employs Gawad Kalinga community residents and provides fair living wages, around 70% more than the daily minimum wage of roughly US$ 10 required by Philippine law. We also make sure to provide our warehouse staff, merchandisers, and manufacturing plant personnel with regularized employment with full benefits instead of the usual 5-month contracts (without any benefits) which millions of Filipinos suffer through. Lastly, we also advocate a no firing policy. We know that many of our people from poor backgrounds who have not had the benefit of good education will make mistakes, but those mistakes will not make us give up on them. As employers, our role is to be good stewards of our employees and help them become the best that they can be.
Many of our warehouse employees are GK leaders who spearhead projects in their respective GK communities. Because we don't want their jobs at Human Nature to take away all their time devoted to serving their community, Human Nature implemented a rule that they may take half a day per week off (paid) to serve in their communities, as long as they counterpart it with another half a day of their own time.

We hope that soon there will be hundreds of community organic farms and world-class social enterprises in Asia providing livelihood for thousands. As we help create the market for their products, we believe we can help them rise out of poverty and into a first-world quality of life. Beyond that, we hope these radical employment practices will embolden other employers all over the world to see that it is possible to build a thriving business which also is mindful of the need of the poor.