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PRO-POOR
The Philippines is rich in agricultural products, yet many of its farmers are poor, with an average daily wage of Php156.80, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board. As long as our small farmers mostly grow rice, 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.

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.
THE BEST FOR THE LEAST
Human Nature employs Gawad Kalinga residents from nearby communities in Quezon City and Laguna and provides fair living wages, around 70% more than the minimum wage required by 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 nationwide. 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 may take half a day per week off (paid) to serve in their communities, as long as they counterpart is 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 the Philippines providing livelihood for thousands of our countrymen. 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 in the Philippines to see that it is possible to build a thriving business which also is mindful of the need of the poor.

HOLIDAY HEADS UP


Please take note of the ordering & delivery schedules for the following holidays:

  • Aug 21 (Ninoy Aquino Day) - Orders will be processed 9AM-5:30PM but no delivery; delivery resumes Aug 22
  • Aug 28 (National Heroes' Day) - No order processing & delivery; delivery resumes Aug 29