The Body Shop International created its Community Trade sourcing programme in 1987. Originally known as 'Trade not Aid', our pioneering fair trade programme was developed to revolutionize the way we source some of our key natural accessories and ingredients directly from small producer groups across the world.
We now work with 31 suppliers worldwide who supply us with over 25 different gifts and accessories, as well as 24 ingredients, present in over 95% of our products. Our Community Trade programme directly benefits over 15,000 producers and their local communities.
As the pioneer of fair trade in the cosmetics industry, our vision is to present a model to industry that others can follow. We have accordingly set ourselves these goals under our Enrich Not Exploit 2020 commitment:
To help meet these goals, we are introducing clear guidelines for all natural ingredients, natural accessories and natural product packaging we use, including Community Trade materials. These guidelines are set out in our Sustainable Sourcing Charter. The Charter is not a certification standard nor does it attempt to emulate one. Rather than compliance criterion for criterion, The Body Shop expects from its Suppliers and Producers the commitment:
We have also developed Implementation Guidelines to explain how The Body Shop will verify that its own and its Suppliers' business practices are aligned with The Body Shop's Sustainable Sourcing Charter.
The full 'Sustainable Sourcing Charter' and Implementation Guidelines are available here.
Key points are summarised below. Additional guidance on the interpretation of the Charter and Guidelines is available on request.
1. All suppliers of natural materials used by The Body Shop will be expected to review the Charter and sign it, to indicate their understanding and commitment to achieving its objectives.
2. Suppliers will be requested to provide evidence to demonstrate natural materials meet the 'basic' objectives (as defined in the Charter).
3. The Charter also sets out The Body Shop commitments to suppliers, including special commitments to Community Trade suppliers.
Additional commitments to Community Trade supply chain partners
For over 30 years Community Trade has been at the heart of how we operate, and as such we expect our suppliers work with us to continue this. It is not only part of our identity, but is what our customer's value when choosing our products. As a supplier, it is critical that you (as a direct supplier to The Body Shop) understand your role:
List of Community Trade suppliers and relevant TBS contacts
For further details or any questions on any of the Community Trade materials or supply chains, please contact the following people in The Body Shop Sustainable Sourcing team: