Anna Maria Wilk
Anna Maria Wilk is the Co-Founder and President of Gandang Kalikasan Inc, makers of Human Nature, one of the largest social enterprises of natural personal and home-care product line in the Philippines. Through Anna’s leadership, Human Nature is focused on providing gainful employment to low skilled workers, developing high value agricultural products among partner communities and setting an example among traditional businesses to increase the legal minimum wage. Among many awards and recognitions, Anna has received the Beauty Industry Award, Woman of the Year 2017, Asia Society Fellow and Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 by Ernst & Young.
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- ASEAN, Philippines
Human Nature is a for-profit business with three social goals: strengthening the Filipino economy, creating a new middle class from the poor, and caring for the environment. While the Philippines has a wealth of natural resources and abundant raw materials, the agricultural and manufacturing sectors do not produce high-quality goods.
Human Nature has produced a truly Filipino brand by formulating and marketing personal and homecare products that use local and natural raw materials. Its products are natural and free from harmful chemicals, demonstrating the promotion of environmental awareness through its brand. To further support the development of start-up social enterprises, Huma Nature serves as a mentor, providing funding and strategic advice, and a distribution platform for new companies that are also striving to provide opportunities to underserved sectors by connecting them to the market.
To support farmers, Human Nature works with community cooperatives and provides training, equipment and a market for high-value crops such as citronella, lemongrass, virgin coconut oil and coco nectar. As the capacity of these communities develops, the cooperatives become sustainable community-based enterprises that are integrated directly into the Human Nature supply chain. Human Nature has partnerships in 20 communities throughout the Philippines engaged in supplying raw materials or finished goods that the company then distributes through its network of branches and retail partners countrywide. Human Nature also exports to Malaysia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, Japan and the US.