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Body Shop drops supplier

November 2010

The Body Shop has ditched a major palm oil supplier for failing to deal adequately with allegations that it evicted peasants in Colombia to develop a new plantation.

Daabon Organic provided Body Shop with 90 per cent of its palm oil, but the allegations led to the cosmetics company commissioning a nine-month long independent inquiry carried out by Christian Aid.

The investigation found that  Body Shop had never sourced any ingredients from the land in question, and that the case was complex, with Daabon claiming the land had been acquired in good faith. Body Shop provided Daabon with a series of recommendations which it hoped would resolve any remaining disputes.

However, it now says that ‘having provided Daabon with sufficient time to put these steps in-place, we have reviewed progress to-date and, while we understand that they are making efforts in a complex situation... a systemic and long-lasting solution is no nearer to being reached despite our engagement’.

As a result it said it had formally terminated its trading relationship with Daabon.

Body Shop | South America | Supply Chain Management

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