The WALA Foundation
WALA was founded by Dr. Rudolf Hauschka in 1935 and today develops and manufactures products for the brands WALA Medicines and Dr. Hauschka Skin Care on the basis of the principles of anthroposophical medicine. Hauschka's vision was of a company where people are at the heart of all corporate activities and profit is seen only as a means to an end. This vision raised a number of questions about the best way to continue operating his company.
Bullet Who should own the company?
Bullet How can the company's vision be perpetuated in the long term?
Bullet How and to whom should the necessary company profits be distributed?
Bullet Is private ownership compatible with a company committed to the manufacture of natural, anthroposophical medicines?
The search for answers to these questions culminated in 1986 in the transformation of WALA from a general commercial partnership (OHG) to a foundation.
The WALA Stiftung, a for-profit private company foundation, was established in Bad Boll / Eckwälden as trustee of the WALA company as a whole, while the latter was simultaneously transformed into a German limited liability company (GmbH). The primary task of the foundation, as guardian of the WALA idea, is to promote the development of WALA Heilmittel GmbH. It is thus the 100% shareholder of the company. The approach of WALA Heilmittel GmbH to capital is marked by the conviction that no social or economic measure in itself has any significance. The company exists to fulfil the object of the foundation and cannot be bought, sold or inherited like goods. The profit is only the means to an end, not an end in itself. The end is primarily the corporate development and the development of the employees to free individuals. The current members of the Foundation Management Board are: Pirkko Ollilainen, Wolfgang Gutberlet, Marcus Roggatz, Christiaan Mol, Wolfgang Schuster.
  The WALA Foundation is a member of the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen (Association of German Foundations).
WALA Heilmittel GmbH is a member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Partnerschaft in der Wirtschaft e.V., an association of companies with employee co-ownership.
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