Our story started in Brighton, England in 1976. There our founder Dame Anita Roddick began mixing her own products and infusing them with a new idea: that business could be a force for good. Following her vision, for 40 years we’ve been rule breaking, never faking and change making. We now have over 3,000 stores in 66 countries and employ over 22,000 people who help us bring our unique blend of ethical beauty with a sense of humour and serious purpose to the world.
Never afraid to stand out from the crowd and stand up for what’s right, we search the world for the finest ethically-sourced ingredients to create a range of naturally-inspired beauty products.
Today our dedication to use business as a force for good is stronger than ever. As part of our Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment, we’ve made it our mission to enrich our products, our people and our planet. That means working fairly with our farmers and suppliers and helping communities thrive through our Community Trade programme, being 100% vegetarian and always and forever being firmly against animal testing.
Together we can do it, it’s in our hands.
The Body Shop publishes its Modern Slavery Statement
For the first time in Europe, the UK parliament passed the Modern Slavery Act in 2015. Designed to tackle slavery and human trafficking in the UK, the Act introduces tougher penalties and sentences for slavery and trafficking offences. It also requires UK businesses to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement to ensure transparency within supply chains.
The Body Shop has always believed in business as a force for good. We passionately believe that our supply chain should be free from exploitation and discrimination where workers can enjoy freedom and security. That’s why, in 1998, we co-founded a leading ethical trade programme - the Ethical Trade Initiative - with other like-minded companies, voluntary organisations and trade unions. This means we only trade with suppliers who meet our strict Ethical Trade standards.
In line with our Ethical Trade policy and the new Modern Slavery Act, The Body Shop has published its own Modern Slavery Statement. In it we outline our long-standing commitment to preventing modern slavery across our company and supply chain. To achieve this we have developed a programme with a range of stakeholders that identifies issues relating to modern slavery in our business and supply chain, and addresses the root causes of labour abuses. We want to do everything in our power to end modern slavery.
READ OUR STATEMENT HERE
At the end of last year The Body Shop opened a brand new £1m beauty innovation hub in East Croydon, London, bringing the latest cosmetic innovations to our product development and ultimately to our customers.
Based at our global headquarters, our new state of the art laboratory will see marketing, sustainable sourcing and product development teams working in partnership. We will work towards integrating all aspects of our ethical product development and sourcing, helping drive our innovation and sustainable development. Our technicians can now formulate products quicker and more effectively, creating and testing products right next to our own office.
It is an ambitious investment, but one that takes a big step towards the realisation of our Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment to become the world’s most ethical and truly sustainable global business by 2020, specifically through helping us to reduce year on year the environmental footprint of all of our product categories. In the lab our technicians will also optimise efficiencies in our testing processes, using a unique ingredient database.
Over the next few years we look forward to seeing the impact of the lab and the many benefits it will bring!
In 2016, The Body Shop embarked on a wild challenge to raise funds to build Bio-Bridges, protecting and regenerating habitat to help endangered wildlife around the world. We’re so proud that because of our passionate customers we’ve raised funds to build an incredible 17.2 million square metres of Bio-Bridges in 2016, which, at the size of more than 2,500 football fields is more than 20% of our 2020 goal to protect 75 million square metres! Over 5 million square metres worth of these funds were raised during the festive season alone. We cannot thank you enough.
By making selected purchases at The Body Shop during our Bio-Bridges programme promotions, our customers were directly helping build Bio-Bridges, through donations from these purchases by participating The Body Shop stores. These funds will help improve endangered animals like Reggie the Red-shanked Douc, who is one of the species in Vietnam we are aiming to help protect.
Bio-Bridges is an important programme which aims to regenerate wildlife corridors within damaged landscapes to help endangered species reconnect and local communities to live more sustainably. Our partners on this project in 2016 were World Land Trust (WLT) and VietNature in Vietnam, the Orangutan Land Trust in Indonesia and Wildlife Conservation Society in Malaysia.
But The Body Shop’s commitment to protecting wildlife doesn’t stop there. By 2020, we will protect and regenerate 75 million square metres of habitat. Click below to find out more about Bio-Bridges.