The Body Shop reports demand surge for its inclusive open hiring initiative, calls on other businesses to help out

Shannon Chrisp, APAC Brand and Activism Director
Shannon Chrisp, APAC Brand and Activism Director at The Body Shop

The Body Shop Australia has announced that its inclusive open hiring initiative has received three times as many applications in the first week as it did throughout the entire program in 2021, and is calling on other Australian businesses to help them meet the huge demand.

How does the program work?

The program, the first of its kind in Australia, aims to remove barriers for those who have been excluded from work like those who have experienced homelessness, young carers, refugees, those with disabilities and First Nations people. It eliminates background checks, screening and education requirements, with applicants only answering three simple questions.

This year, demand has been so high that The Body Shop has already received six applications for every available position, and the changemaking beauty brand is now calling on Australian businesses to join them on this life-changing endeavor in adopting the employment practice.

What is the impact of the program?

Commenting on the groundbreaking initiative, Shannon Chrisp, APAC Brand and Activism Director said: “Over the past two years, we have seen the incredible impact that breaking down discriminatory barriers to employment can have. As a business, we’ve gained qualified and loyal employees, and participants have benefited from invaluable work experiences that have set them up for future employment; whether at The Body Shop or elsewhere.”

“The demand we’ve seen over the past few weeks has been incredible, but it also shows that it’s never been more important for employers to rethink their hiring practices and open up opportunities for those excluded from work, particularly as Aussies continue to be affected by the rising cost of living. I welcome questions from any leaders or HR teams considering the move and looking for more information on how to make it work for them,” Chrisp added.

In line with the company’s inclusive hiring policy, The Body Shop Australia is working with charity partners APM Employment Services, Little Dreamers and Launch Housing to help encourage those who have traditionally faced barriers to employment to apply. Locally, up to 485 Christmas casual positions will be made available through the seasonal employment program in the company’s stores this year through Open Hiring. You can find out more here