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The Body Shop Marks 40th Year with Pledge to Be World’s Most Ethical, Sustainable Global Company

To mark its 40th anniversary, The Body Shop has unveiled a pioneering global CSR strategy that will underpin all aspects of company operation. The new commitment will reaffirm the global cosmetics brand’s positioning as a leader in ethical business and will define its next stage of development. It is an extensive program of global activity and measurable 2020 targets that touches all areas of the business.

Under the commitment’s three pillars — enrich our people, enrich our products and enrich our planet — The Body Shop has 14 specific, measurable 2020 targets that make the business accountable for delivery:

Enrich our people

  • Double its Community Trade program from 19 to 40 ingredients and help enrich communities that produce them
  • Help 40,000 economically vulnerable people access work around the world
  • Engage 8 million people in its Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment mission, creating its biggest campaign ever
  • Invest 250,000 hours of employee skills and know-how to enrich the biodiversity of local communities

Enrich Our Products

  • Ensure 100% of its natural ingredients are traceable and sustainably sourced, protecting 10,000 hectares of forest and other habitat
  • Reduce year on year the environmental footprint of all product categories
  • Publish its use of ingredients of natural origin, ingredients from green chemistry, and the biodegradability and water footprint of its products
  • Develop an innovation pipeline that delivers pioneering cosmetic ingredients from biodiversity hotspots and which helps to enrich these areas

Enrich Our Planet

  • Build Bio-Bridges, protecting and regenerating 75 million square meters of habitat helping communities to live more sustainably
  • Reduce the environmental footprint of our stores every time we refurbish or redesign them
  • Develop and deliver three new sustainable packaging innovations
  • Ensure that 70% of its total product packaging does not contain fossil fuels (the company is already making headway on this thanks to a 2015 partnership withNewlight Technologies, which will see The Body Shop switch to Newlight’s AirCarbon packaging)
  • Power 100% of its stores with renewable or carbon-balanced energy
  • Reduce by 10% the energy use of all its stores every year


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