COMMUNITY FAIR TRADE
OUR PIONEERING PROGRAMME HAS BEEN GOING STRONG SINCE 1987.
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.
WHAT IS COMMUNITY FAIR TRADE?
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.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT TO FAIR TRADE?
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.
OUR COMMUNITY FAIR TRADE PROGRAMME
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.
WHAT COMMUNITY FAIR TRADE MEANS FOR YOU
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.