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Economics and compost

We live in a global economic culture driven by profit maximisation. But we’ve known for a long time that profit maximisation as a corporate goal is responsible for environmental damage on a huge scale, as well as the exploitation of millions of people worldwide. Climate change and a drastic decline in biodiversity constitute an unprecedented challenge for humankind. A challenge we cannot ignore. A challenge that requires us to fundamentally change the way in which our companies are structured. A challenge that forces us to live and work in much better harmony with nature. We owe it to future generations.

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Composting profitably

But how can we surmount this challenge? By drawing inspiration from nature: the compost from our medicinal herb garden provides the answer. We leave a pile of garden waste to ‘mature’ undisturbed for around two and a half years, after which it becomes precious humus that’s spread over the beds as nutrient-rich soil. Like compost, companies can mature particularly well when they’re managed in a sustainable way – economically, environmentally and socially. This paints a nice picture that goes back to our founder’s concerns: even Rudolf Hauschka was convinced that being an entrepreneur was inseparable from social responsibility. That’s why WALA is 100% controlled by the WALA Foundation, preserving its independence from major investors.

Find out more about the WALA Foundation in the film, in which Philip Lettmann shares his personal view on the topic of sustainable management. This film was shot in our medicinal herb garden at the company’s headquarters in Bad Boll/Eckwälden.