OUR PIONEERING PROGRAMME HAS BEEN GOING STRONG SINCE 1987.
COMMUNITY FAIR TRADE
We source ethical, high-quality ingredients and accessories from thousands of producers, farmers and artisans across the world. Discover how this programme drives real change and helps us be a force for good.
Community Fair Trade is our bespoke fair trade programme. It helps our suppliers gain market access and invest in social and environmental projects that benefit their communities, and it helps us fill our products with the good stuff.
We launched Community Fair Trade in 1987, but back then it was known as Trade Not Aid. Over 30 years later, this ethos is still going strong. From handcrafted shea butter in Ghana to recycled paper gift bags in India, we source ingredients and accessories from across the planet, which provides vital financial independence for our partners. Many of them are women living in rural areas, with limited economic opportunities. This helps drive our goal of business as a force for good, and we’re incredibly proud of it.
Fair trade helps producers in developing countries secure good standards of trading, including fair prices, when working with companies in developed countries. Community Fair Trade is our own bespoke programme, founded and run solely by The Body Shop. It’s the biggest fair trade programme in the cosmetics industry. Having our own programme makes a difference because it gives us an authentic connection to our producers and suppliers. We know them, personally. We know their families and communities. This makes the programme all the more important to us.
We strive to develop long-term trade partnerships, and have worked with many of our suppliers for decades. We pay fair prices and offer favourable trade terms, targeted producer support and access to an international trade market. Some suppliers also receive an additional fund to invest in community projects such as education, healthcare and sanitation. Hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from these projects, including the families and neighbours of producers.
We’re incredibly proud of what we and our suppliers have achieved, and we aim to continue creating positive social and environmental impact in communities where our trade can be most beneficial in the future.
Community Fair Trade is every bit as relevant and important today as it was in 1987. All over the world, people still don’t have access to decent working conditions and fair trading practices. Community Fair Trade is our heritage and it will always be the heart of The Body Shop.
Community Fair Trade is more than just how we get our ingredients. It benefits all of us. We get direct access to high-quality ingredients and accessories from around the world, which means your purchase benefits people and communities in so many ways. We want you to know the full story behind the products you love. Read our success stories to find out how the products you buy are having a positive social impact around the world.
We’re really proud to have achieved wide-reaching economic and social impact over the years through this programme. We choose to work with suppliers who share our pioneering spirit. Income and investment from our trade has enabled communities to invest in some truly innovative and impactful outreach projects.
Our Community Fair Trade programme is independently checked and verified by ECOCERT (a fair trade assessment agency), which involves regular auditing of suppliers and of our own business operations.Our commitment to suppliers is outlined in our Sustainable Sourcing Charter, which states how we envision sustainable supply chains and confirms the core principles of our Community Fair Trade programme.
OUR CORE PRINCIPLES
All over the world, people still don’t have access to safe and secure working conditions. Ethical trade is about being confident that the products and services we buy haven’t been made at the expense of workers’ rights in our global supply chains. Ensuring our products are made in fair and decent working conditions is very important to us.
OUR ETHICAL TRADE PROGRAMME
We believe in business as a force for good, and we’re always striving to empower people and the planet. This forms the basis of our Ethical Trade programme. We believe that all workers in our supply chain should be free from exploitation and discrimination and enjoy conditions of freedom, security and equity.
We only trade with suppliers that meet our Ethical Trade standards to ensure workers remain free from exploitation. We ask all our suppliers to sign a Code of Conduct to ensure they formally commit to upholding areas like these:
- Health and safety
- Safe and hygienic working conditions
- Never using child labour
- Living wages
- Working hours that are not excessive
- No discrimination
- Regular employment is provided
- People are treated with respect
Since The Body Shop was founded in 1976, we’ve joined forces with like-minded companies, voluntary organisations and trade unions to develop a leading Ethical Trade programme.
In 1998 we became founding members of The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) – a membership organisation where we work individually and with fellow members to tackle complex questions about the steps companies should take to trade ethically, and how to make a positive difference to workers' lives.
To drive better visibility across our supply chains, we’re also members of an online responsible sourcing platform called Sedex. Here suppliers can share their audit reports and other information on their human rights practices - not just with us, but also with customers.
Our 2018 Modern Slavery Statement outlines action that we took during 2018 to prevent and address all forms of modern slavery in our global operations and supply chain. It reviews our activities and achievements against stated targets in our 2017 Modern Slavery Statement.