About Us

The Soap Co. is an ethical luxury brand that employs people who are visually impaired or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged. Our products are good and do good, and all our profits go back into the business so we can create even more jobs – this is what it means to be a social enterprise.

 

 

Based in East London, and with a traditional workshop in the Lake District, The Soap Co. is a social enterprise creating and manufacturing soap products with sophisticated fragrances, minimalist design and a strong social and environmental ethos.

We create employment for people who are blind or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged and strive to reduce our impact on the environment.

Our parent company is CLARITY Employment for Blind People, a registered charity and the UK’s oldest surviving social enterprise, which has been employing, training and supporting people with disabilities since 1854. At The Soap Co. we create a stable and friendly workplace to support our employees to build their skills, confidence and independence. Our mission is to provide a stepping stone into other employment for those who can achieve it, whilst providing a long-term job for those for whom this goal is less likely.

We currently employ more than 105 people across the country - 80 percent of whom are blind, or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged - and we aim to generate over 60 new job opportunities every year.

In 2015, we created 11,250 employment days. 49 people were bought back into employment after a period of unemployment lasting at least 6 months and 28 people moved onto “mainstream” employment. You can get to know us better by reading some of our bios below.

Launched in September 2015, we aim to create a brand that demonstrates that there is no trade-off between luxury products, beautiful design and social impact. Our first year has shown that this is possible – our products have outperformed other luxury brands in consumer testing, we won a prestigious D&AD Pencil for Design and Inclusive Packaging Design in May 2016; and we created 64 new jobs.

We believe that everyone who wants to work should be given the opportunity to do so. We know that consumers and businesses alike can contribute to the creation of employment through what they buy. We are proud to say that every time you use a product from The Soap Co., you are creating opportunities for people who are blind or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged who create, pack, sell and distribute our soaps with care.

People

Darren Sapsford

Darren came to work for the Soap Co. to begin building his life again after suffering a ...

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Sandra Duberry

Sandra worked for a county council for 23 years before she had to leave as a result of ...

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Olgun "Ozzie" Ibrahim

Olgun, known as Ozzie, had been working for The Soap Co.’s parent company CLARITY for 22...

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Muhamed Hussein

Muhamed works in The Soap Co. warehouse, learning all aspects of the job. He’s been here...

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Partners

Berkshire Labels
Berkshire Labels
BITC
BITC
Clarity
Clarity
Digital Mums
Digital Mums
Holywell Press
Holywell Press
Innovia
Innovia
Julian Love
Julian Love
Laser Cutz
Laser Cutz
M&H
M&H
MadeInBritain
MadeInBritain
On Purpose
On Purpose
Paul Belford Ltd
Paul Belford Ltd
Poached Creative
Poached Creative
Sales Force
Sales Force
Social Enterprise UK
Social Enterprise UK
Social Enterprise Mark
Social Enterprise Mark
The Big Issue
The Big Issue
The Label Makers
The Label Makers
Webowski
Webowski
Zapier
Zapier

 

Awards

D&AD Pencil for Design and Inclusive Packaging Design

We won a prestigious D&AD Pencil for Design and Inclusive Packaging Design in May 2016. Our bottles and soap wrappers were designed by Paul Belford Ltd. Other winners included global brands such as Wagamama, Smirnoff and Marc Jacobs.

Blue Patch New Business Awards

In July, we won first prize in the Blue Patch New Business Awards 2016 in support of ethical and sustainable businesses.

SEUK Awards

The Soap Co. was proud to be shortlisted for the Independent on Sunday’s Readers’ Choice award at the Social Enterprise UK Awards 2015. You can read the newspaper's piece on the five shortlisted organisations here.