By MB Online
Philippine company Human Nature (Gandang Kalikasan) made history by becoming the first Asian brand to win the Sustainability Pioneer Award at the 3rd Sustainable Beauty Awards.
Human Nature marketing head Wowie Meloto-Gonzalez accepted the award at the Paris Marriott Champs-Elysées in France last October 24, 2016.
The Sustainable Beauty Awards—organized by specialist consulting, research and training company Organic Monitor—honored Human Nature for its social entrepreneurship, noting its role in creating employment for impoverished communities by locally sourcing the ingredients for its natural cosmetics.
Swiss company Weleda was named runner-up while the finalists were Givaudan, the world’s largest flavor and fragrance company, and award-winning skin care provider Éminence Organic Skin Care.
Past awardees include Cruelty Free International and L’Oreal USA–Garnier.
“We didn’t realize that our small company, which is just 8 years old, would come this far. We just wanted to do something good, something right, and this award is an affirmation of what we are doing,” Gonzales said during her short acceptance speech.
Human Nature president and co-founder Anna Meloto-Wilk said the recognition is a proof that products made in the Philippines is “equal to, or maybe even better than, made in Germany and made in France.”
Prior to this accolade, Human Nature is recognized as the first and only Filipino member of the Natural Products Association (NPA) and the first Filipino cosmetics and personal care company certified as truly cruelty-free by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
The annual Sustainable Beauty Awards honor brands that push the boundaries of sustainability in the beauty industry.
The Sustainability Pioneer Award recognizes companies that are leaders in some aspects of sustainability such as a new synthesis process, extraction technique, use or production of novel materials, carbon management, energy management, social aspects, etc.
Other awards are for Sustainable Packaging, Green Formulations, Sustainability Ingredient and Sustainability Leadership.