HERITAGE

  • 1976

    First The Body Shop store opens

    1976

    First The Body Shop store opens

    The very first The Body Shop store opens on 26th March in Brighton, on the south coast of England. By 1978 the first overseas franchise is a kiosk in Brussels and by 1982 new shops are opening at a rate of two a month.

  • 1986

    Save the Whale

    1986

    Save the Whale

    Save the Whales with Greenpeace is the first major campaign that Anita and The Body Shop launch.

  • 1987

    Community Trade

    1987

    Community Trade

    The first Community Fair Trade product for The Body Shop is a footsie roller, produced by Teddy Exports, a supplier in southern India. Thanks to trade with The Body Shop, the Teddy School opens in 1994, bringing an opportunity to educate the local children.

  • 1988

    Anita Roddick, OBE

    1988

    Anita Roddick, OBE

    Anita Roddick is awarded an OBE.

  • 1990

    The Body Shop Foundation is created

    1990

    The Body Shop Foundation is created

    The Body Shop Foundation, a charity which funds human rights, animal and environmental protection groups, is established.

  • 1992

    Mango Body Butter

    1992

    Mango Body Butter

    The launch of the first Body Butter, starting with Mango. Since then it has become one of the most famous products of The Body Shop. It has been imitated since, but ours is the original and still winning awards around the world.

  • 1994

    The Body Shop At Home

    1994

    The Body Shop At Home

    The Body Shop At Home is launched.

  • 1996

    Against Animal Testing

    1996

    Against Animal Testing

    The Against Animal Testing campaign gathers four million signatures - the largest ever petition at the time - and delivers it to the European Commission. In November 1998, our campaign leads to a UK-wide ban on animal testing on cosmetic products & ingredients.

  • 1997

    Humane Cosmetics Standard

    1997

    Humane Cosmetics Standard

    The Body Shop is the first international cosmetics company to be recognised under the Humane Cosmetics Standard supported by leading international animal protection groups.

  • 2002

    Choose positive energy

    2002

    Choose positive energy

    The Body Shop runs a global campaign with Greenpeace International to promote renewable energy. Peter Saunders becomes CEO.

  • 2003

    Stop Violence in the Home

    2003

    Stop Violence in the Home

    Stop Violence in the Home campaign launched to raise money in support of victims of domestic violence. Anita Roddick is appointed Dame of the British Empire.

  • 2009

    Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People campaign

    2009

    Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People campaign

    The Body Shop and ECPAT International launch The Stop Trafficking of Children & Young People campaign. It inspires change on an unprecedented scale, gathering over 7 million signatures from customers globally and leading to 24 countries across the world committing to adopting new legislation. The petition is presented to the UN in 2012 and it becomes the largest campaign ever for The Body Shop.

  • 2009

    Our first Values report

    2009

    Our first Values report

    We publish our first Values report, responding to areas that our customers told us are important to them. The report detailed what we achieved between January 2007 and December 2008 as well as some of the challenges we face.

  • 2009

    RSPCA ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

    2009

    RSPCA ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

    The Body Shop receives the RSPCA ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

  • 2011

    The Global Shea Alliance

    2011

    The Global Shea Alliance

    The Body Shop helps to establish The Global Shea Alliance to improve shea production and drive greater benefits to the women involved in handcrafting shea products.

  • 2012

    ‘Against Animal Testing’ re-launch

    2012

    ‘Against Animal Testing’ re-launch

    We re-launch our ‘Against Animal Testing’ campaign in partnership with Cruelty Free International.

  • 2013

    EU ban on sales of animal tested products and ingredients

    2013

    EU ban on sales of animal tested products and ingredients

    After 20 years of relentless campaigning, we celebrate a ban preventing the import and sale of animal tested products and ingredients in the European Union. The Body Shop is named International Responsible Business of 2013 from the prestigious Business in The Community Organisation. Jeremy Schwartz becomes CEO.

  • 2014

    Business in the Community Award

    2014

    Business in the Community Award

    The Body Shop wins Business in the Community International Responsible Business of the year, for the second year running.

  • 2015

    Global Shea Alliance Award

    2015

    Global Shea Alliance Award

    We receive a Global Shea Alliance Award in recognition of our efforts to build a sustainable Shea industry.