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The Body Shop International plc

"The business of business should not just be about money, it should be about responsibility. It should be about public good, not private greed."                       

 Dame Anita Roddick. Human Rights Activist. Founder of The Body Shop.

Founded in 1976 in Brighton, England, by Anita Roddick, The Body Shop is a global beauty brand built on making people feel so good – face, body and soul. The Body Shop seeks to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up produced ethically and sustainably. The Body Shop pioneered the philosophy that business can be a force for good and after being acquired by L'Oréal in 2006, it is scaling up its vision. The Body Shop has more than 3,000 stores in more than 60 countries.

The Body Shop was the first international cosmetics company to introduce fair trade to the cosmetics and toiletries industry in 1987. Through a unique Community Trade (CT) programme, The Body Shop sources fine raw ingredients and accessories from the four corners of the globe, with a commitment to trade fairly with small-scale farmers, traditional artisans and rural co-operatives that are experts in their field. In exchange, we offer good trading practices and independence-building prices.


The Commitment is our new strategy that underpins all aspects of the company.  It aims to reaffirm The Body Shop position as leaders in ethical business and will define the next stage of development of The Body Shop business.

The Commitment will support The Body Shop vision is to achieve true sustainability and to be the most ethical global business in the world. It is an extensive programme of global activity and measurable targets that touches all areas of the business, to be delivered by 2020, and marks the first step on our journey to reaching our vision.  The Body Shop has always believed that business can be a force for good, and the new Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment advances the principles on which The Body Shop was built.

We are part of the L'Oréal family. Find out more about our parent company.

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