MANY of us are already familiar with Human Nature as a proudly Philippine brand that offers natural products for the face and body. But there is so much more to the beauty of Human Nature that goes well beyond keeping your skin and hair healthy. Through the invitation of Josine Marzo, one of the kind branch operators behind the Human Nature Mandaue outlet where I normally order products, I met Human Nature chief executive officer Dylan Wilk.
During a forum at the University of San Carlos Talamban campus last weekend, Dylan spoke to media partners, members of the academe, and business owners about the philosophies that make Human Nature unique and successful.
1. Pro-Philippines. Fortunately, Filipinos are changing the old mindset that something must be imported for it to be good. Human Nature works with 12 Filipino scientists and about 20 farmer communities to formulate products using locally grown ingredients.
2. Pro-poor. What a lot of people don’t know is that those lotions and soaps aren’t just for personal care, but actually go towards caring for Filipinos in need through community-focused organization Gawad Kalinga. Dylan confessed he used to think he had it all with his computer game company in his native England, owning several cars including a Ferrari, yet he felt empty inside. Through Gawad Kalinga, he was deeply inspired by the heroism and selflessness of Filipinos who gave so much of their time and resources doing volunteer work, even if they themselves were not rich. Human Nature is a partner organization of Gawad Kalinga, and employs about 520 full-time employees who each receive a minimum pay of P18,000, including company messengers and cleaners.
3. Pro-environment. The safest and most nourishing ingredients are grown by Mother Earth, so Human Nature uses all natural ingredients like citronella, coconut, lemongrass, plant oils, and more. Because the ingredients are all natural, there is no animal testing. As Dylan pointed out, ingredients or chemicals only need to be tested when their effects aren’t widely used or proven safe. The only guinea pigs at Human Nature are the company founders and employees themselves, who test the products before they are released in the market. By patronizing products developed in the Philippines, you are also reducing your carbon footprint, i.e., not using fuel to transport imported products from halfway around the world.