Jeremy Schwartz is the former Chairman and CEO of The Body Shop having led the business for 4 years to September 2017. Prior to this Jeremy has held a number of Executive and Marketing roles at L’Oréal, Sainsbury’s, Coca-Cola and Kraft, and studied Engineering at Cambridge.
Jeremy is a strong advocate of innovation as a principal driver of business growth, and believes companies must apply innovation to drive the sustainability agenda as part of a business growth and profitability strategy. The Future Fit model based on Planetary Boundaries is the reference point for Jeremy, which advocates actions that don’t just reduce by some percentage the amount of “bad activity”, but start with targeting levels that can truly sustain the planet for the long term.
At The Body Shop, Jeremy spearheaded a reinvention of the companies sustainability agenda with a new commitment named: “Enrich not Exploit (it’s in our hands)” which aims to talk and connect with consumers, employees and stakeholders all together. With 14 key business, supplier and employee goals, The Body Shop recently won the World Retail Awards for Responsible Retailer on the back of this new business model.
Amusingly, and importantly, in 2004 at Sainsbury’s, Jeremy launched an entry level range of products which reached sales of £400m using all the “different shapes and sizes” of vegetables and fruit which were previously discarded for lack of uniformity required in mainstream supermarket produce.