Where We Are From
The Body Shop® was founded by entrepreneur Dame Anita Roddick, when in 1976 she started selling around 25 hand-mixed naturally inspired products with minimal packaging from one small shop in Brighton, England.
Over the years Anita and The Body Shop® have run campaigns against human rights abuses, protecting animals and the environment and shown commitment to boosting self-esteem, winning the support of a generation of consumers.
Dame Anita was appointed a Dame of the British Empire in 2003 for services to retailing, the environment and to charity in recognition of her success in these key areas.
Sadly, Dame Anita Roddick passed away in September 2007. As a company we are committed to carrying on her legacy, and living the same values she strove so hard to achieve.
The first Australian store opened in Melbourne in 1983 - since then we’ve opened more than 90 stores across Australia.
The Body Shop® Australia has a lot to offer: we’re a part of a larger international business, an ethical business, and a growing business!
We are a customer focused business offering a range of exciting ways to shop through three channels: our stores, The Body Shop at Home™, and online. Customers are at the forefront of everything we do, say and deliver. We strive to create a fantastic experience for everyone who shops at The Body Shop® and who work at The Body Shop.
We are constantly launching fabulous new products, sourcing new ingredients and campaigning on social issues. These are just some of the ways we strive to grow our business - both commercially and ethically.
We’re also proud of our world famous, and award winning Body Butters, our all time favourites such as Born Lippy Gloss and Hemp Hand Protector, plus new favourites such as Spa Wisdom, Vitamin C, and Colour Crush ranges.
We were the first international cosmetics brand to be awarded the Humane Cosmetics Standard for our Against Animal Testing policy. 20 years ago. The Body Shop® created its own fair trade program called Community Trade. By satisfying our demand for ingredients, gifts and accessories in a fair way we help create sustainable trading relationships with marginalised communities around the world.
We believe business has the power to make the right kind of difference to the world, and the best way to convince others is to lead by example. All our products are made with a love of life and the world we live in, individuality, community spirit and a commitment to trading fairly.
The Body Shop Foundation
Having launched our Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment in February 2016, we have mobilised The Body Shop global family around a new aim of true sustainability.
Many of us at The Body Shop worked directly with our founder, Anita Roddick, and the Commitment is not only inspired by her fundamental belief that business can be a force for good, but also by the company’s thinking around sustainability in the 1990s.
To deliver this ambitious aim of true sustainability we need to think differently and more radically and creatively than before across the full range of our activities, including our philanthropic efforts. To that end, we invited The Body Shop Foundation to work with us in a new way. Unfortunately, the Trustees declined our offer so, sadly, we accepted that decision. To ensure our philanthropic activities remain a fundamental part of the business, we will be launching a new The Body Shop Foundation in 2017.
We have been proud to fund, support and raise awareness for The Body Shop Foundation’s work over the past 27 years. It has made a fantastic and lasting contribution to many wonderful charitable causes, donating over £24 million to more than 2,600 groups, projects and issues.
Over the years, countless numbers of our employees have donated their time, energy and effort to support the Foundation’s activities through volunteering. We have been inspired by the Foundation and all who have worked in its dedicated team. We wish them all the very best for the future.