COMMUNITY TRADE


The Community Trade program was launched in 1987. From then until today, we have a commitment to pay a fair purchase price to farmers and to support the development of local communities.



THE WORLD IS OUR SOURCE OF BEAUTY








We are constantly looking for wonderful natural ingredients in different parts of the world and carefully preserve their beneficial properties. Combining the long traditions of our local suppliers with the experience and professionalism of the team of The Body Shop, we lovingly create effective and high quality cosmetics.



KEY ACHIEVEMENTS









1987

Community Trade

Our innovative Community Trade program was launched in 1987 in India. Today, under the Community Trade program, we work with 31 partners in 23 countries around the world, employing over 12,000 people.









1989

Paper

We started buying wrapping paper from Nepal, made from felled trees, closing the local waterways. This increased employment in the region and provided funding for a number of local projects.









1993


Organic sesame oil

We made our first delivery of Community Fair Trade ingredient - organic sesame oil.











1994
Shea butter

Anita discovers Shea butter from Tamale, northern Ghana.








2007

Supplier Award

We were awarded The Big Tick Business at The Community Supply Chain Award.









2008

Alcohol

We were the first to use fairly traded organic alcohol in cosmetics.













2009

Ecocert certificate


Since 2009, our Community Trade program has been certified by third party organizations. Since 2017 it has been checked and certified by Ecocert.








2011

Global Shea Alliance

We helped create the Global Shea Alliance by bringing together industry members to improve the benefits for manufacturers and increase the number of women involved in local trade.













2013

Another Business Award

BITC awarded The Body Shop with the International Responsible Business 2013 award for our Community Fair Trade program.