03 Oct 117: Meet the Filipino Beauty Brand Fighting Poverty, Supporting Startups and Winning Eco Awards with Human Nature’s Camille Meloto
Meet this week’s guest, Camille Meloto, co-founder of Human Nature.
When Camille and her sister, Anna, realized that many of the eco-friendly and organic cosmetic and personal care products found at U.S. retailers were either made using ingredients sourced from their native Philippines or could be grown there, they saw more than a business opportunity. They saw a chance to continue and support the work of their father, Tony Meloto, founder of the Gawad Kalinga poverty-alleviating and nation-building movement that seeks to create change in the poorest Filipino communities. By partnering with farmers living in Gawad Kalinga communities in the Philippines for their ingredients, committing to paying fair wages and providing stable employment where employees work without the threat of being fired (which, it turns out, are pretty revolutionary employment practices in their home country), Camille and her founding team have grown the company from three people to nearly 450 today. Along with 34 retail stores across the Philippines, their award-winning products are available internationally from Singapore to Canada – and they’re currently setting their sights on the U.S. market.
What you’ll learn
How Human Nature has built a business that is not only environmentally friendly, but also able to contribute to a more positive and inclusive take on beauty while giving sustainable employment opportunities to impoverished communities. Oh and one more thing: the company also helps lift up other startup brands by giving them retail space in their stores.
How you’ll be inspired
If Camille’s story of how Human Nature went from a three-person team to a socially responsible global brand with hundreds of employees in less than a decade doesn’t make your inner entrepreneur a little giddy, then nothing will.
What you’ll tell your friends
Ever heard of a “no firing” policy? Seriously. Like no one who works for Human Nature gets fired. Ever. Find out how that works out for Human Nature.
Resource of the week
Viber: A simple communication app that a whole company, like Human Nature, can run on.
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T-shirt motto: Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.
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