International Responsible Business of 2013

COMMUNITY FAIR TRADE CELEBRATION!

We have some fantastic news to share. On Tuesday 2nd July, we were named International Responsible Business of 2013!The prestigious Business in the Community organisation recognised us for our pioneering Community Fair Trade programme, and honoured us with the overall award at the 2013 Responsible Business Awards. Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community, congratulated The Body Shop for “demonstrating that business can truly be a force for good”.

ABOUT THE BODY SHOP COMMUNITY FAIR TRADE

The Body Shop launched Community Fair Trade in 1987, making it one of the first examples of fair trade. It is still at the heart of our business today: 85% of The Body Shop’s product range contains Community Fair Trade ingredients, and our programme now benefits over 320,000 people in 21 countries worldwide.

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GLITZ, GLAMOUR AND GREAT BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

We received our honour at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, introduced by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, hosted by actors Joanna Lumley and James Corden and attended by Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi, CEO of Citi, Chair of Business in the Community’s International Leadership Team, presented the award. He praised our “industry-changing” programme: “The Body Shop is a true champion of the small producer – demonstrating true leadership in addressing the Millennium Development Goals agenda…The influence it has had, including with their parent company, L’Oreal, has been immense.”

Mark Davis, Community Fair Trade Director at The Body Shop, reiterated our commitment to pioneering socially responsible beauty and business leadership: “We don’t do it because it’s fashionable, we do it because we believe it is the only way to do business. I stand proud today, with the rest of The Body Shop teams around the world, in celebrating this prestigious award and over 25 years of Community Fair Trade.”

We are very proud of this Award and the recognition of what makes The Body Shop so special. Congratulations to all!