WHAT IS ETHICAL TRADE?
The Body Shop believes in business as a force for good. Our big commitment as an ethical beauty brand is to enrich our people, planet and products, and this forms the basis of our Ethical Trade programme. We believe that all workers in our supply chain should be free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equity.
Since The Body Shop was founded in 1976 we have worked together with a range of stakeholders, including like-minded companies, voluntary organisations and trade unions to develop a leading ethical trade programme, including SEDEX and the
The Body Shop works at both a corporate and supplier level to ensure the successful implementation of our Ethical Trade programme. We only trade with suppliers that meet our Ethical Trade standards to ensure workers remain free from exploitation. We instil a strict and fair code of practice to ensure working conditions are safe and hygienic, child labour is not used, living wages are paid, working hours are not excessive, no discrimination is practised, regular employment is provided, and people are treated with respect. Visiting our suppliers on a regular basis helps to monitor working conditions, as well as provide training and education around ethical trade and employment rights.
The Body Shop currently works with 120 suppliers, in 26 countries around the world, who employ over 30,000 people. Through our Ethical Trade programme we are working continuously to ensure that all of these workers’ lives are enriched through engaging with The Body Shop, and their workplaces are happy, safe, fair and secure.