Recently celebrating 25 years of its pioneering Community Fair Trade programme, The Body Shop sources the finest raw ingredients from the four corners of the globe, harnessing the skills of artisan farmers to create effective products that are wonderful to use. The Body Shop works with 25 communities in 21 countries benefitting over 320,000 people and the communities in which they live.
Since the opening of its first store on the South Coast of Britain in 1976, by pioneering entrepreneur Dame Anita Roddick, The Body Shop has grown into a truly international brand with more than 2800 stores in 66 countries.
The Body Shop introduced a new store concept in 2012 which tells its unique brand story and showcases its sensorial ingredients to capture the imagination of its customers around the world.
The Body Shop has always campaigned with passion on issues close to its heart because activism is in its blood. It has always been Against Animal Testing, and all of its products are 100% cruelty free and 100% vegetarian. Thanks to its campaigning for more than 20 years, recognised by a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the RSPCA, The Body Shop celebrated a milestone EU ban on animal testing for cosmetics on March 11th 2013, and alongside the global not-for-profit organisation, Cruelty Free International, is calling for a worldwide ban on animal testing, for good.
More than 7 million people signed the petition to Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People - the biggest campaign in its history - which inspired 24 governments to take action, and saw 16 governments to change or commit to change their laws to better protect children from sex trafficking.
The Body Shop continues to be led by its Values; Against Animal Testing, Community Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend Human Rights and Protect The Planet.