Dr. Hauschka Skin Care
100% Natural and Organic Skin Care
In a time when it is all too common for companies to be bought and sold and the founder’s principled mission lost to fulfilling the expectations of investors, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Inc. is uniquely structured to make decisions that are in line with the original mission Dr. Rudolf Hauschka set for his company in 1935 “to support the healing of humankind and the planet.”
Modeled after the foundation established by WALA Heilmittel, the manufacturer of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products, our company is a for-profit business held inside a nonprofit corporation with no beneficiaries. What this means is that the company can’t be bought or sold by individuals or corporations.
As reported in Fast Company (12/08), Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Inc. “looks like a nonprofit but isn’t one. It makes money, and it pays taxes. It is governed by a board . . . [whose] charge is to see that the company complies with Hauschka’s long-standing mission ‘to heal.’ The articles of incorporation prohibit board members from receiving any financial gain for their role, in salary or dividends. They also prohibit the sale of Hauschka’s distribution rights. Without owners to collect dividends, all net profits are reinvested in operations, sustaining development.”
Dr. Hauschka is proud and appreciative of the freedom and responsibility this corporate structure affords. From the boxes they use to ship orders to the depth of information they share on their website to the product guarantee they offer to customers, their aim is to make the principled decision, not to chase short-term, unsustainable goals.
WALA Heilmittel GmbH has been developing natural preparations since 1935. In the early days of its history, it was considered avant-garde and pioneering in a society that was barely even aware of natural preparations. Speedy technical solutions seemed to have ousted coherent thinking.
But this was not the case everywhere. Anthroposophical doctors were one of the main groups to enthusiastically seize upon Rudolf Hauschka’s procedure for producing natural medicines without using alcohol as a preservative. The demand for his preparations encouraged Hauschka to establish WALA in Ludwigsburg in 1935 and open subsidiaries in Vienna and London shortly afterwards. Following a ban by the National Socialists and the imprisonment of Dr. Hauschka and his future wife Dr. Margarethe Stavenhagen, WALA relocated several times before finally establishing itself in Bad Boll/Eckwälden in 1950 – where it still remains today.