Company Milestones

Key Highlights:

  • The very first The Body Shop® store opens on 26th March 1976 in Brighton, on the south coast of England.
  • In July 1983 the first Australian The Body Shop® opened in Melbourne.
  • In 1985, The Body Shop® sponsored posters for Greenpeace. While the first major environmental campaign for The Body Shop is “Save the Whales” with Greenpeace, in 1986.
  • The first Community Trade product for The Body Shop® was a footsie roller, produced in 1986 by a supplier in southern India. This trade in footsie rollers has evolved into the current trade with Teddy Exports in India, one of our key Community Trade suppliers.
  • In 1990 The Body Shop Foundation was established, a charity which funds human rights and environmental protection groups.
  • The Big Issue magazine (which began as a The Body Shop Foundation project) was launched in 1991.
  • In 1993 the Company launched an international high-profile campaign to raise awareness of the plight of the Ogoni people and their leader Ken Saro-Wiwa, persecuted for protesting against Shell and the Nigerian dictatorship over exploitation in their homeland.
  • The Body Shop At Home™, the direct-selling arm, was launched in the UK in 1994, Canada in 1995, Australia in 1997, and USA in 2001.
  • In 1997, The Body Shop® was the first international cosmetics company to sign up to the Humane Cosmetics Standard supported by leading international animal protection groups.
  • In 1995 and 1997 The Body Shop® Values Reports were recognised as trailblazing by United Nations Environmental Programme and SustainAbility and ranked highest in their review of International Corporate Environmental Reports.
  • In 1997, The Body Shop® celebrated its 21st birthday.
  • To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1998, The Body Shop® launched a joint worldwide campaign with Amnesty International to highlight the plight of human rights defenders around the world, encouraging customers to ‘Make their Mark’ for human rights. This successful campaign saw three million people sign up.
  • The Body Shop® Australia launches it’s first online store in 2000
  • Stop Violence in the Home campaign: During 2003 The Body Shop® launched a global campaign to help stop violence in the home. Continuing to this day, the campaign aims to highlight the issue, raise money to support the work of groups helping victims of violence, and ensure that customers and employees are provided with information on sources of advice and help.
  • Anita Roddick is appointed as a Dame of the British Empire as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours on Saturday 14th June 2003.
  • 2006 – The Body Shop® turns 30 (March 27th)!
  • Community Trade turns 20!
  • The Body Shop® International becomes part of the L’Oréal Group and de-lists from the London Stock Exchange on July 12 2006. It retains its unique identity and values, and continues to be based in the United Kingdom. It operates independently within the L’Oréal Group reporting directly to the CEO of L’Oréal, Jean-Paul Agon. 
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