How do we make sure that our products are responsibly sourced?
In 1987, The Body Shop launched Community Trade. One of the first examples of fair trade, Community Trade has numerous benefits for our company, our customers and our suppliers. Through trading we can offer our suppliers a stable, long-term income. We can access some of nature's finest ingredients, which are grown and harvested by expert local farmers. Many of these ingredients are grown using time-honoured techniques, helping to preserve a traditional way of life. In the process, Community Trade allows our suppliers to build better futures for themselves and their communities.
Wherever possible, we seek to use Community Trade ingredients in our products. Over the past two years, spending on Community Trade ingredients, gifts and accessories has risen from $9.9m to $11.5m. We now work with over 25,000 farmers and producers worldwide who supply us with 20 of our naturally derived ingredients and over 60 different gifts and accessories.
All the commercially sourced wood in our Accessories is sourced from responsibly managed sources, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
The devastating environmental effect of palm-oil plantations on deforested land has been well documented. That's why, as members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we've worked to create new standards designed to help protect natural biodiversity and workers' rights. We are proud to say that all of our 7.5m soaps sold annually are now produced using palm oil sourced from a plantation that is successfully audited in line with RSPO regulations.
We ask all our product suppliers to sign the Code of Conduct which supports our Ethical Trade Programme, developed to improve conditions for all workers in the supply chain and to uphold their human rights. This code is strictly enforced and monitored to ensure standards are met regarding child labor, discrimination, and employee pay, hours and working conditions.
We're committed to using responsibly sourced ingredients wherever possible, and working with the communities and people who supply us.
Please see Disclosure Requirement for additional details regarding the company's efforts and policies to ensure and verify that its supply chain is void of forced labor and child labor.