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Beauty in Distress: What went wrong at The Body Shop? | 313


The Body Shop, once a leader in ethical consumerism and a pioneer in brand activism within the cosmetics industry, has faced a dramatic downturn. This episode of Down to Business English examines the rise and fall of a company that set the standard for corporate responsibility but has recently struggled with bankruptcy and ownership changes.


Skip Montreux and Samantha Vega unpack the history of The Body Shop, from its humble beginnings in 1976, through its global expansion, to its recent financial struggles and restructuring. The episode not only covers the company’s business strategies but also highlights the impact of its ethos on the industry and what happens when a brand loses its way.


Skip and Samantha’s conversation is a great learning resource if you want to build your English listening comprehension skills and expand your business Vocabulary. Key points of their discussion include:

  • The origins of The Body Shop, from its beginnings to its rapid global expansion.
  • The concept of brand activism and how The Body Shop integrated it into their business model.
  • The controversies and criticisms faced by The Body Shop.
  • The impact of corporate acquisitions on The Body Shop’s brand identity and customer loyalty.

In summary 

D2B 313 offers a comprehensive look at the history of The Body Shop and the importance of adapting to changing market conditions and staying true to one’s brand values. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersections of business ethics, branding, and corporate history.

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