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Posted on December 13, 2019

6 Traits of a True Social Enterprise

Screened and mentored to strive for our 6 Values of Genuine Social Enterprises, each one of Human Nature’s partner social enterprise brands is handpicked with extra care to make sure that they’re not only good for you but good for everyone, too!

1. Pays Dignified Wages

A true social enterprise provides its workers living wages and full benefits that lift them out of poverty.

First Harvest, a proudly Filipino social enterprise founded in the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm, Angat, Bulacan, gives above minimum wages to their nanay workers and trains SEED students so they can develop their own social enterprises. It aims to enrich agricultural industries through healthy and delicious homemade products made with the choicest natural ingredients.

Basilio, a fair trade coffee grown and produced by Filipino farmers all over the Philippines, uses a subsidized air roasting technology, helping farmers gain a significant boost versus trading raw beans in the market. Basilio has established more than 60 community roasters nationwide.

Each delicious bite from Tintan’s Pastries is baked with love by the women of Gawad Kalinga, Baseco. Tintan’s trains and upskills mothers and working students from GK Baseco to become bakers, allowing them to earn and augment their family’s income.

More than just providing higher income to stevia growers in Bulacan, Sweet & Fit provides community members with educational assistance, healthcare, financial training and mentoring on wellness.

Precious Herbal Pillows uplifts a sewing community in San Nicolas, Bulacan by providing an income four times higher than the usual piece rate. Profits of Precious Herbal Pillows also support Right Start Community Development Inc., a non-stock, non-profit NGO with the mission of giving underprivileged Filipino children the right start in life through music, dance & creative arts.

2. Sources Responsibly

A true social enterprise uses local agricultural products and pays above-market prices for raw materials.

Bayani Brew, a social enterprise who dreams of brewing a new generation of Filipinos who are crazily in love with the Philippines, purchases all their natural ingredients at above-market prices from farmers in Bulacan and Tarlac. Its hit beverage is the brilliant concoction of the nanays at Gawad Kalinga's Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan.

Filipino artisan food producer Kayumanggi Organic works with two partner communities in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental and pays them 20% above the standard market price for raw materials.

3. Produces Sustainably

A true social enterprise practices environmentally sustainable farming and manufacturing.

Maker of Apicuria Oral Spray The Bee Empire nurtures bees while uplifting communities, advocating beekeeping as a sustainable livelihood and integral part of crop production in the Philippines. Beekeeping allows income generation through products made by bees such as honey, wax, royal jelly and propolis. By building a community of beekeepers, The Bee Empire aspires to create a commercial value chain that produces a line of high-quality bee products.

4. Highly Ethical

A true social enterprise conducts business with integrity throughout its value chain.

Since 2011, Habi Lifestyle's wide range of products have been competing in the ethical fashion and lifestyle industry. They partner with small producers located in the urban communities of Manila and promote responsible fashion, Pinoy pride and social involvement through 100% Filipino-made, environment-friendly lifestyle accessories.

With each product designed to support the freedom of human trafficking victims, Aurae Natura is an enterprise built to help uplift the lives of the poor not just materially but spiritually.

5. World Class

A true social enterprise creates first-world quality, safe and effective products.

2018 International Chocolate Awards Winner Theo & Philo makes use of the Philippines’ warm tropical weather to grow exquisite, first-rate cacao to help thrust the proud homegrown chocolates into the consciousness of the world. Every bar of Theo & Philo chocolate is a masterpiece, carefully crafted to capture the rich heritage of the Filipinos.

6. Proudly Filipino

A true social enterprise aims to give all Filipino consumers the best of the Philippines.

Every product you buy from Human Nature’s partner social enterprises is sourced responsibly, aiming to tap the best raw materials that the Philippines has to offer. 

Each one was made mindfully, crafted with care and the highest quality — proudly Filipino-made and at par with world-class standards. These brands pay dignified wages, empowering their people to work hard and rise above poverty. They operate with highly ethical business practices like paying the right taxes so we can fuel our country’s growth.

Purchase presents with a purpose through Human Nature branches and dealers nationwide. You can also check out our Goods & Gifts and Food & Drinks online via www.humanheartnature.com.

With each Human Nature product you buy, you help uplift workers and farmers from poverty, support social entrepreneurs and build a more sustainable Philippines.

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