The Body Shop.

Founded in 1976 in Brighton, England, by Anita Roddick, The Body Shop is a global beauty brand. We seek to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up produced ethically.

The Body Shop has always been revolutionary, pioneering the concept of ethical business under the stewardship of Anita Roddick who founded the business in 1976. Forty years later, the world has changed a great deal. And it’s time for us to change too.

This year, 2016, The Body Shop has unveiled a pioneering new global CSR strategy that underpins all aspects of company operation. The new Commitment will reaffirm The Body Shop position as a leader in ethical business and will define the next stage of development of The Body Shop business.

The Commitment, which will support The Body Shop in its aim to be the world’s most ethical and sustainable global business, is an extensive programme of global activity and measurable targets that touches all areas of the business, to be delivered by 2020. The Body Shop has always believed that business can be a force for good and change. The new Commitment, entitled Enrich Not Exploit ™, embraces the bold ethical principles from which The Body Shop was built.

The Commitment will enable The Body Shop to protect and nurture the environment and society across every part of its business: ingredients, products, packaging, stores, employees, suppliers and campaigns.

Under each of The Commitment’s three pillars: enrich our people, enrich our products and enrich our planet, The Body Shop has specific, measurable targets by 2020 that make the business accountable for delivery.

In total there are 14 targets within the new Commitment and these are:

Enrich our People

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

Enrich our Products

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

Enrich our Planet

  1. Build Bio-Bridges, protecting and regenerating 75 million square metres of habitat helping communities to live more sustainably
  2. Reduce the environmental footprint of our stores every time we refurbish or redesign them
  3. Develop and deliver three new sustainable packaging innovations
  4. Ensure that 70% of our total product packaging does not contain fossil fuels
  5. Power 100% of our stores with renewable or carbon balanced energy
  6. Reduce by 10% the energy use of all our stores every year

The Body Shop has inspired and helped its parent company, L’Oréal, make significant progress in sustainability and, in particular, in Community Trade. The Commitment contributes to and enhances L’Oréal’s rigorous sustainability framework, Sharing Beauty with All. The Body Shop’s specific addition to the framework is called Retailing Sustainably. As L’Oréal’s largest retail brand, The Body Shop has a unique role to play in the design, management and sustainability of its retail outlets and the relationship with its customers.

What or how does your business contribute to a more sustainable NZ?

The Body Shop® New Zealand has a lot to offer: we’re a part of a larger international business, an ethical business, and a growing business!

Our, global, Commitment, Enrich Not Exploit ™, supports The Body Shop in its aim to be the world’s most ethical and sustainable global business, is an extensive programme of global activity and measurable targets that touches all areas of the business, to be delivered by 2020. The Body Shop has always believed that business can be a force for good and change. This new embraces the bold ethical principles from which The Body Shop was built and will enable The Body Shop to protect and nurture the environment and society across every part of its business: ingredients, products, packaging, stores, employees, suppliers and campaigns.

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