The Body Shop Youth Council on the Future of Sustainable Business

At COP26, The Body Shop explored how a youth council could ensure that younger generations have their voices and issues heard by decision makers. Here, edie sums up what this youth council wants to see from businesses moving forward.

The Body Shop Youth Council was tested last week in a pilot format to ensure that the views and priorities of your staff shape business decision-making and long-term strategy.

The organization organized an event on the B Lab’s Boardroom 2030 initiative. B Lab, which is the UK arm of the B Corp movement, introduced Boardroom 2030 to ask companies to improve the diversity of the board table, including youth representatives. The Body Shop is now looking to establish an official youth council next year.

The Body Shops parent company Natura & Co has notably committed to achieving net zero by 2030 and has set an interim emission to reduce emissions intensity by 13% by 2026, compared to a benchmark from 2019.

As young activists made their voices heard both inside and outside the COP26 negotiations, edie reached out to the new youth council to ask them what a goal-led business should look like. .

Antonia Tony-Fadipe, Head of Inclusive Hiring UK & Global Functions at The Body Shop

“If The Body Shop’s goal is to fight for a fairer and more beautiful world, access to education and employment will always be the greatest equalizers. Through our open hiring model, we effectively enable the company to bring equality and financial independence to members of our communities. “

Anais Nebel, Global Activism and Sustainability Specialist at The Body Shop

“When you are a driven company and shout out your values, you attract a community of people who share those values ​​and you create a safe space where people can be themselves and, as we do today, bring their own. ideas at the table “

Gavin Gillie, deputy manager (top 50 store) the Body Shop

“When it comes to packaging, we all need to be smarter. And for me, it’s all about education “

Clover Hogan, Founder and Executive Director, Forces of Nature

“We cannot allow sustainability to fall back on the shoulders of the people who are not responsible for this crisis. “

Dr Jessica Omukuti, inclusive net zero researcher

“We have to make sure that when we move towards Net Zero, we don’t overload a very specific part of the population that is marginalized, vulnerable and has very little to do with the cause of the emissions in the first place. “

Celeste Leverton responding to the role of business as an activist

“When it comes to activism, I like to think of suffragists and suffragists. We need those who cry out and take drastic action like the suffragists, but we also need the suffragists. Those who work inside change laws and influence policies. It’s important to have both.

Kaya Axelsson, Net Zero Policy Engagement Officer at Oxford Net Zero

“Our entire subsidy system, from our food system to our energy system, is completely upside down. We need businesses to come together to pressure governments to change subsidies. ”

edie recently spoke to Andrea Alvares, Head of Brand, Innovation, International & Sustainability at Natura & Co – owner of The Body Shop – on how brands can support nature beyond their own operations and supply chains , engaging in politics and supporting other businesses.

You can listen to Andrea on the covered podcast of COP26.

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edie staff