Natura

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Natura Cosméticos S.A.
Type Sociedade Anônima
Traded as BM&F BovespaNATU3
Industry Cosmetics
Founded 1969
Headquarters Cajamar, Brazil
Key people Plínio Villares Musetti, (Chairman)
Alessandro Giuseppe Carlucci, (CEO)
Products Cosmetics, fragrances and personal hygiene items
Revenue Increase US$ 3.0 billion (2013) [1]
Net income Decrease US$ 356.5 million (2013) [2]
Employees 6,260
Website www.natura.net
For ecological network of protected areas, see Natura 2000.

Natura Cosméticos S.A. (Portuguese pronunciation: [nɐˈtuɾɐ kozˈmɛtʃikus]) or simply Natura is a Brazilian manufacturer and marketer of beauty products, household, and personal care, skin care, solar filters, cosmetics, perfume and hair care products the company that sells products through representatives in many countries across the world. The company was founded in 1969, by Luiz Seabra and became a public company, listed on São Paulo Stock Exchange, in 2004. Currently the company is the second largest Brazilian cosmetics company by revenue, after O Boticário.

In 1974, Natura adopted direct sales as sales model. In 2012 it had more than 1.2 million "consultants" (resellers) spread throughout Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Mexico, Peru and among others, and since 2006 surpasses Avon's sales in Brazil.

Natura promotes its image as an eco-friendly, sustainable company (using natural products, working toward sustainable environment and social support etc.). The company also uses ordinary women rather than supermodels in its advertisements.[3]

In Brazil, the major competitors of Natura are O Boticário, Jequití and the American company Avon.

Natura is a founding member of the Union for Ethical BioTrade, gradually ensuring that its sourcing practices promote the conservation of biodiversity, respect traditional knowledge and assure the equitable sharing of benefits all along the supply chain. In the steps of their development and production of cosmetics, Natura does not test on animals and follows the most stringent international safety standards.[citation needed]

Being a public company since 2004, its shares are listed on Novo Mercado (the highest level of corporate governance or Stock Exchange [Ibovespa]). Natura's performance in 2007 shows a consolidated gross revenue of R$ 4.3 billion, a growth of 10.6% over the previous year. Its consolidated net income was R$ 462.3 million, generating a return on opening shareholders' equity of 72.1%.[citation needed]

In 2005 they opened their first boutique in Paris, France

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Natura works with direct sales models. The sales channel grew 16.4% in 2007, reaching more than 718,000 consultants. The company also encourages personal development, material and professional consultants and advisors.

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