1 YEAR ON FROM THE LAUNCH OF THE ENRICH NOT EXPLOIT™ COMMITMENT
In 2016, we set ourselves 14 ambitious targets as our first steps towards becoming a truly sustainable global business. We have an ambition to have no negative impact on our planet and society and take meaningful action to allow us all to flourish forever. Since launching our Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment we’ve been busy turning our vision into reality and we are proud to share our first progress report. Instead of a written sustainability report, we’ve made a series of short videos, one for each target plus introductions, to show you what we’ve achieved so far. We have faced a number of challenges, some expected, some unexpected, but we’re pleased to be heading in the right direction.
Enrich Not Exploit™ Message from our CEO
The Body Shop has always worked hard to do things differently and we still operate this way today. We don’t want to be like everyone else. That’s why we want to achieve true sustainability.
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Enrich Not Exploit™: Message from our International Director of Corporate Responsibility and Campaigns
The Body Shop is often credited with being one of the founders of modern corporate social responsibility (CSR). But more than ever before, the planet is in a precarious place due to human activity and we need to take action.
Enrich Our People: Doubling Our Community Trade programme
Community Trade was born from our founder Anita Roddick’s belief in trade not aid and a commitment to developing lasting relationships with communities from around the world. In 2016, we added one new ingredient to the programme and, having announced this and three more new ingredients in early 2017, we continue to be on the lookout for more! .
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Enrich Our People: Helping 40,000 people access work
Offering people in our value chain increased economic stability is important to us. In 2016, we helped over 20,000 economically vulnerable people access work through our supply chain.
Enrich Our People: Our biggest campaign ever
At The Body Shop, we campaign for what we believe in and always have. Our target is to achieve 8 million signatures to call for a global ban on animal testing in cosmetics. Take action and sign the petition here!
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Enrich Our People: Volunteering in our local communities
The Body Shop employees are passionate about dedicating their time and energy to helping others and giving back to the communities we operate in. In 2016, The Body Shop employees around the world spent more than 40,000 hours volunteering. .
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Enrich Our Products: 100% Traceability of our natural ingredients
Our target is to ensure 100% of our natural ingredients are traceable and sustainably sourced. In 2016, we introduced a new robust, multi-step process to achieve this.
Reducing the impact of our products on the environment is a responsibility we take very seriously. We’ve made progress, improving our biodegradability in 11 of our 17 product families.
Enrich Our Products: Publishing the environmental impact of our formulas
Sustainable business and transparency go hand in hand. We hope that our transparency in sharing details of our formulas with customers and the information we have published in 2017 (view here ) can begin to empower them to decide which products they prefer to buy based on environmental profile.
Driving sustainable innovation is both exciting and challenging. We’ve already identified several ingredients that could help us protect biodiversity and surrounding communities.
Enrich Our Planet: Building Bio-Bridges
Protecting biodiversity for the next generation is critical. In 2016, through our new conservation programme and with the support from our customers, we built an impressive 17.2 million square metres of Bio-Bridges.
With over 3,000 stores around the world, we have a responsibility to not harm the environment, but also to go further and enrich it. In 2016, we developed important resources which help us measure the environmental impact of our shop fit and to help us achieve our goal.
Enrich Our Planet: Developing three new sustainable packaging innovations
Developing new packaging requires innovation, invention and a commitment to learning where we can make the greatest impact. We’ve partnered with experts in this project to help us achieve our goals.
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Enrich Our Planet: Fossil fuel-free packaging
Our global dependence on non-renewable resources is unsustainable. So to create a more sustainable future, The Body Shop wants to ensure 70% of product packaging does not contain fossil fuels by 2020. So far, all our clear plastic bottles have 25% recycled material.
Enrich Our Planet: Powering all stores with renewable energy
Ensuring 100% of our stores are powered by renewable energy is essential to limit our contribution to climate change and the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. By the end of 2016, 24% of our stores were running on renewable energy.
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Enrich Our Planet: Reducing energy use of our stores
On top of sourcing renewable energy, it’s also important that we work to reduce the amount of energy our stores use across the world. We’ve explored innovative ways to achieve this.
Enrich Not Exploit™
Supporting documents for our 2016-17 Enrich Not Exploit™ Report include all Enrich Not Exploit™ definitions and the indicators we used to measure progress.
Building for the Future
Our 2014-2015 Values Report, Building for the Future, is available to read in full.