A sustainable economy is one in which the earth’s resources are not used up faster than nature renews them. Profitability is the product of flourishing ecosystems and thriving communities. Benefits are shared fairly. For Weleda, an ethical and value-creating economy is more than just a catchphrase – it is at the heart of the business alongside the people who make it happen.
A value-creating economy
A sustainable economy is built, in our view, on ethical principles, innovation, investment and a healthy financial foundation, using available resources to our best advantage. The idea is to promote the use of those resources in a way that is efficient, responsible and likely to provide long-term benefits, while consistently returning a profit. To enhance the value of the company, Weleda focuses on both consumers and employees – their personal development, their health and their need for a balanced lifestyle, including physical well-being. This is our definition of an ethical and value-creating economy.
Gains and Investments
Acute business understanding determines the economic orientation of Weleda. To keep Weleda’s vision alive, it is essential to secure long-term independence and autonomy, but unless we have economic success, we cannot implement a sustainable corporate strategy. Profit from the business is needed to invest in social and environmental sustainability.
By conducting business responsibly, Weleda improves the company’s capacity to deal with risk – from behaviour in the market and environmental issues to relationships with employees, interest groups and stakeholders. This creates sustainable value, which can be distributed to employees through earnings, to investors through dividends and to the wider public in the countries where we operate through our payment of taxes.
Added value to the company
Weleda’s business actions create value for the company and our value-added statement explains the contribution of the Weleda Group to private and public income. It also shows the expense at which Weleda achieved its company performance and how the added value was distributed.
In the 2013 financial year, business performance improved, shown by a EUR 16.8 million increase in group performance, to an annual turnover of EUR 343.9 million.
After deduction of advance payments, the added value of the Weleda Group amounted to EUR 134.9 million.
“Weleda views its employees as co-entrepreneurs who are part of the business process. Supporting and promoting a sense of personal responsibility and self-awareness on the part of every individual is extremely important to us.”
Added value for employees
Added value per Weleda Group employees amounted to EUR 71,704.
Added value for communities
A seven-figure amount was once again spent on donations and similar contributions in 2013, of which EUR 1.5 million went to the School of Spiritual Science in Dornach.
Added value for public authorities
Public authorities received EUR 8.9 million of added value, in the form of taxes.
Added value for creditors, investors and shareholders
A further EUR 4.4 million was distributed as interest for creditors and a dividend of 5 per cent went to shareholders in 2013.
A sucess story based on strong principles
Since it was established, Weleda has followed aims which sprang from its founding principles. Our products are intended to support people in their personal development, in maintaining, promoting and restoring their health and in their efforts to achieve physical well-being and a balanced lifestyle.
Beauty through balance of body, mind and soul
Our promise is to bring stimulation and inspiration to your body, mind and soul. At the same time, we support you as you draw out your own unique vitality and discover your inner balance.
An integrative system of medicine
At Weleda, we strive for a holistic approach in medical therapy. We build our knowledge and practice on the principles of anthroposophic medicine a system of medicine founded by philosopher Rudolf Steiner and medical doctor Ita Wegmann.
A company inspired by anthroposophy
It all began with a hospital and a pharmaceutical laboratory – founded by a Dutch doctor, an Austrian philosopher and a chemist and pharmacist from Munich. Now it has become the world’s leading manufacturer of holistic, natural, organic cosmetics and pharmaceuticals for anthroposophic therapy