LUSH awarded ‘Industry Trailblazer’ for paying the Real Living Wage – Retail Times


At last night’s Living Wage Champion Awards, Lush was recognised for its leadership within its sector. This award recognises that Lush has gone beyond just paying their staff the real Living Wage, but has set the bar for employer standards within the cosmetics industry, providing an example we hope to see many others within the industry follow.

Lush first committed to a real living wage in London in 2011. Since establishing over 27 years ago, Lush has been driven by innovation and its ethics. Creators of pioneering beauty products such as the fizzing bath bomb, shower jellies and solid shampoo bars, Lush places emphasis on fresh ingredients like organic fruits and vegetables. Lush fights tirelessly against animal testing and operates a thoroughly comprehensive Ethical Buying department, developing fair and direct trade initiatives. Lush leads the cosmetics industry in combating over-packaging by running public awareness campaigns and developing products that can be sold ‘naked’ to the consumer without any packaging.

Today Lush operates in 48 countries with over 900 shops, 38 websites shipping worldwide and a global network of native apps, broadcasting channels and digital communities in over 30 languages.

“Despite the continuing challenges of the past two years, the Living Wage movement has never been stronger – we’ve continued to grow, welcoming our 10,000th employer, and tonight we come together to recognise some of the outstanding leadership these employers have shown. The Living Wage Champion Awards 2022 are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the importance of a wage that covers the cost of living and the value this provides for workers and businesses, particularly during the cost-of-living crisis, and I warmly congratulate Lush on their deserved award,” said Katherine Chapman, director, Living Wage Foundation.

Kat Hannible, Lush retail director, UK&I accepting the award

“We are delighted to be considered an Industry Trailblazer in such an important area;  paying our workers the real living wage has never been more important. Our dedicated retail and manufacturing staff are the backbone of our business, making and selling our fresh products. It would be remiss of me not to use this opportunity to encourage other UK retailers to join us; we would like to pass this award to another retailer next year! We owe a great deal to the Living Wage Foundation for the diligent work they do to provide us with the rates each year- the trust we, and our staff are able to place in them, is crucial to making the implementation of the rates work,” said Kat Hannible, Lush retail director, UK&I.

The annual Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate notable employers that pay the Living Wage. This year they recognised the movement welcoming its 10,000th accredited Living Wage Employer, an incredible achievement during a cost-of-living crisis where paying a real Living Wage is more important than ever. The awards were sponsored by Aviva and Everton FC.





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At last night’s Living Wage Champion Awards, Lush was recognised for its leadership within its sector. This award recognises that Lush has gone beyond just paying their staff the real Living Wage, but has set the bar for employer standards within the cosmetics industry, providing an example we hope to see many others within the…