The Himalaya Drug Company was the vision of a very humble and dedicated man. His legendary passion for being of help to people was the very soul of his existence. I am very fortunate to have had him as my father and find it my life's mission to nurture his 'baby' to enable us to reach out to people across the world.
It all began in 1930 with his mother's pawned bangles. A young man with a very curious mind pondered the idea of presenting herbal medicine in a contemporary form. He spent his days riding his bicycle through the forests and learning about herbs from the local healers. He knew he must scientifically prove that herbal medicines do work. He also wondered how to make an herbal tablet. He was advised to add kerosene to the powdered herb to help the tablet keep its form. And he tried it too, only to quickly realize that he had been tricked! He continued his efforts on his hand-operated tablet-compressing machine. At night, his shoulders would ache after struggling to manually produce a few hundred tablets, one tablet at a time. Simple as it may sound, the reality was that in his time this had never been done.
Eighty-nine years later, Himalaya is still family owned but is now professionally managed. Himalaya Global Holdings Ltd. is a Manal-family investment entity that does not have any active business operations. It owns assets by virtue of being the parent of The Himalaya Drug Company worldwide. The assets include shares of stock in these companies, partnership interests, brand names, patents, trademarks, copyrights etc. The wholly-owned subsidiaries in different geographies are run by independent professionals. The holding company provides strategic inputs to its subsidiaries and is the resource allocation filter for the entire organization. The execution of the agreed strategies is the responsibility of the individual business units managed by the professionals. This gives a clear demarcation between the ownership (family) and the management (professionals). The family is keenly involved in the placement and growth of key professionals in its various subsidiaries as also in keeping alive the value system and the vision of the Founder.
It is our vision to make Himalaya a household name, a trusted head-to-heel brand providing scientifically validated herbal solutions for the entire family. Indeed, brand Himalaya has substantially increased its visibility in several important markets globally. We will continue to build on this foundation.
Despite our global ambitions, our commitment to our core values remains strong. We will continue to operate our business with the highest ethical standards set by my father. We will be honest and truthful in all our dealings. Each person who comes in touch with Himalaya must be delighted with his or her experience. Nothing less is acceptable.
With your help and support, I am confident that Himalaya will continue to make history. Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey.
Himalaya Global Holdings Ltd.