Introducing our youth collective
WE’RE BRINGING YOUNG PEOPLE INTO OUR BOARDROOM
The world is in crisis and we think young people are part of the solution. Over 40% of the world’s population is under 25, but only 2.6% of parliamentarians globally are under 30*. So where are young people’s voices in the major decisions being made in politics, business or society today? Young people will inherit the consequences of today’s decisions, yet they are silenced in public life.
In 2020, half the global workforce were millennials** but the average age of those on FTSE 150 boards was nearly 60***. We don’t think this is right. Young people are creative, open-minded and full of the right questions. We know they’ve got the imagination, energy and grit to stick up for what’s right.
Read on to discover how we, as a company, are backing young people. We see you. We want to hear you.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
The Youth Collective will be made up of a group of under 30s from within The Body Shop and other B Corp organisations, who The Body Shop leadership team will consult on decisions concerning the business. This will make sure that we are amplifying young people’s voices within our business, while also pushing us to look at the way we do things in a new way.
We know it will be uncomfortable and challenging at times, but we’re ready to get stuck in.
*https://www.bgipu.org/activity-reports/fresh-eyes-are-needed-in-parliament-thoughts-from-young-mps-on-parliamentarism-day/#:~:text=Over%20half%20the%20world's%20population,Youth%20Participation%20in%20National%20Parliaments **https://www.pwc.com/co/es/publicaciones/assets/millennials-at-work.pdf ***https://www.spencerstuart.com/research-and-insight/uk-board-index/board-composition