Lush CEO, Mark Constantine, revealed one of the secrets of his success as ‘perseverance’ at an exclusive Director’s lunch held by Bournemouth based recruitment consultants, Jobshop UK.
Quoting the poem, ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling, stanza by stanza, Mr Constantine revealed how relevant the lines in the poem were to his own life; both personal and professional. Reflecting back to his business association with Body Shop founder, Anita Roddick, which started when his first company, Cosmetics To Go, supplied products to the Body Shop in the early 1980s, Mr Constantine acknowledged that although it had been a stressful relationship, much had been learned and added that Ms Roddick, who sadly passed away in 2007, remains the biggest influence in his professional life.
As well as touching on the ethics involved in producing its products, and the animal rights organisations which benefit from support and donations from Lush profits, Mr Constantine explained the ethos behind the company’s ‘naked packaging’ policy which aims to use as little packaging as possible. The innovative use of shampoo bars alone saves an astounding six million plastic bottles a year, globally.
With over 820 Lush stores spread across 50 countries, Mr Constantine also revealed that Lush was the third most successful UK retailer in the U.S.A, coming after another British favourite, Clarks Shoes, and designer label, Burberry who hold first place.
The exclusive, invite only event, held at The Italian Villa, Compton Acres, was attended by over sixty executive clients and associates of Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs.
Jobshop UK director, Frances Miles, said: “Mark’s annual talk is always interesting, stimulating and thought provoking. We are always struck by how open and honest Mark is, with a willingness to share his vulnerabilities, in spite of the global success of Lush.”