HERITAGE

First The Body Shop store opens

1976

First The Body Shop store opens

The very first The Body Shop store opens on 26th March in Brighton, on the south coast of England. By 1978 the first overseas franchise is a kiosk in Brussels and by 1982 new shops are opening at a rate of two a month.

Save the Whales

1986

Save the Whales

Save the Whales with Greenpeace is the first major campaign that Anita and The Body Shop launch.

Community Trade

1987

Community Trade

The first Community Fair Trade product for The Body Shop is a footsie roller, produced by Teddy Exports, a supplier in southern India. Thanks to trade with The Body Shop, the Teddy School opens in 1994, bringing an opportunity to educate the local children.

Anita Roddick, OBE

1988

Anita Roddick, OBE

Anita Roddick is awarded an OBE.

The Body Shop Foundation is created

1990

The Body Shop Foundation is created

The Body Shop Foundation, a charity which funds human rights, animal and environmental protection groups, is established.

Mango Body Butter

1992

Mango Body Butter

The launch of the first Body Butter, starting with Mango. Since then it has become one of the most famous products of The Body Shop. It has been imitated since, but ours is the original and still winning awards around the world.

The Body Shop At Home

1994

The Body Shop At Home

The Body Shop At Home is launched.

Against Animal Testing

1996

Against Animal Testing

The Against Animal Testing campaign gathers four million signatures - the largest ever petition at the time - and delivers it to the European Commission. In November 1998, our campaign leads to a UK-wide ban on animal testing on cosmetic products & ingredients.

Humane Cosmetics Standard

1997

Humane Cosmetics Standard

The Body Shop is the first international cosmetics company to be recognised under the Humane Cosmetics Standard supported by leading international animal protection groups.

Choose positive energy

2002

Choose positive energy

The Body Shop runs a global campaign with Greenpeace International to promote renewable energy. Peter Saunders becomes CEO.

Stop Violence in the Home

2003

Stop Violence in the Home

Stop Violence in the Home campaign launched to raise money in support of victims of domestic violence. Anita Roddick is appointed Dame of the British Empire.

L’Oréal welcomes The Body Shop

2006

L’Oréal welcomes The Body Shop

L’Oréal welcomes The Body Shop as part of its family, proud to have in its portfolio a successful, naturally-oriented company with a distinct heritage based on strong and well-defined values.

Sustainably harvested palm oil

2007

Sustainably harvested palm oil

The Body Shop becomes the first cosmetics company to source sustainably harvested palm oil.

Recycled PET bottles

2008

Recycled PET bottles

The Body Shop introduces 100% post-consumer recycled PET bottles. Sophie Gasperment becomes CEO.

Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People campaign

2009

Stop Sex Trafficking of Children & Young People campaign

The Body Shop and ECPAT International launch The Stop Trafficking of Children & Young People campaign. It inspires change on an unprecedented scale, gathering over 7 million signatures from customers globally and leading to 24 countries across the world committing to adopting new legislation. The petition is presented to the UN in 2012 and it becomes the largest campaign ever for The Body Shop.

Our first Values report

2009

Our first Values report

We publish our first Values report, responding to areas that our customers told us are important to them. The report detailed what we achieved between January 2007 and December 2008 as well as some of the challenges we face.

RSPCA ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

2009

RSPCA ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

The Body Shop receives the RSPCA ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

The Global Shea Alliance

2011

The Global Shea Alliance

The Body Shop helps to establish The Global Shea Alliance to improve shea production and drive greater benefits to the women involved in handcrafting shea products.

‘Against Animal Testing’ re-launch

2012

‘Against Animal Testing’ re-launch

We re-launch our ‘Against Animal Testing’ campaign in partnership with Cruelty Free International.

EU ban on sales of animal tested products and ingredients

2013

EU ban on sales of animal tested products and ingredients

After 20 years of relentless campaigning, we celebrate a ban preventing the import and sale of animal tested products and ingredients in the European Union. The Body Shop is named International Responsible Business of 2013 from the prestigious Business in The Community Organisation. Jeremy Schwartz becomes CEO.

Business in the Community Award

2014

Business in the Community Award

The Body Shop wins Business in the Community International Responsible Business of the year, for the second year running.

Global Shea Alliance Award

2015

Global Shea Alliance Award

We receive a Global Shea Alliance Award in recognition of our efforts to build a sustainable Shea industry.