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Weleda is a multinational company that produces both beauty products and naturopathic medicines. Both branches design their products based on anthroposophic principles. The company takes its name from the German form of the name of the 1st century Bructeri völva Veleda. Weleda is dedicated to use entirely 'natural' ingredients and none of their ingredients or products are tested on animals. The company also uses a green energy supplier and are passionate about education for their farmers and their communities.They use plants grown using biodynamic methods. They also abide to fair trade practices and operate in five continents with 20 direct subsidiaries, partnerships in 53 countries, and close to 2,000 employees worldwide. Weleda Group is member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), gradually ensuring that its sourcing practices promote the conservation of biodiversity, respect traditional knowledge and assure the equitable sharing of benefits all along the supply chain.  
Dr. Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher, and Dr. Ita Wegman, a Dutch gynecologist, founded in 1920, in Arlesheim, Switzerland the "Futurum AG" and in Stuttgart,Germany, "Der Kommende Tag AG - an incorporated company to encourage economic and spiritual values". Der Kommende Tag AG acquired in 1920 the former "Colonial-Werke Paul Rumpus" in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Both companies merged 1921 for economic reasons and were named "Internationale Laboratorien und Klinisch-Therapeutisches Institut Arlesheim AG" - this was the founding hour of the Weleda AG. On December 10, 1928 the new name was officially registered.
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