Body Shop joins UK retailer rush to stop trade in Russia after its deadly invasion of Ukraine
The Body Shop has joined the rush of British retailers to halt trade in Russia after its deadly invasion of Ukraine.
The skincare specialist, which has operated in Russia for more than 15 years through a local franchisee, is closing its 26 stores and online operations across the country.
He said the suspension would remain in place for the foreseeable future, with the franchise partner expected to provide support to the company’s Russia-based employees.
Store closure: The Body Shop has been operating in Russia for over 15 years through a local franchisee
The Body Shop was founded by green entrepreneur Anita Roddick in 1976 and is built on her ethical values. He said Russia’s act of aggression was a “direct violation” of human rights.
British retailers, including Marks & Spencer, Next and Mothercare, are among a slew of Western businesses to have shuttered operations in Russia since Vladimir Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine last month.