Anita Roddick: Commerce with a Conscience

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“Start with quality and truth”. Dame Anita Roddick (1942 – 2007), founder of The Body Shop, was an activist and a businesswoman. Her cosmetics company helped establish ethical consumerism, being one of the first to prohibit the use of animals and to promote fair trade. She gave this talk (just under 50 minutes) at the British Library Business & IP Centre as the keynote speaker of Enterprise Week 2006 (15 November 2006).


2 Responses

  1. What a wonderful woman she was! I worked with the Body Shop for a number of years and met her a few times at conferences. She always remembered my name and asked after my son. She remains one of my true heroes – amazing lady. Thank you for reminding me 🙂

    Emma x

  2. Hi Emma,
    So nice of you to come by. Really, you worked for the Body Shop and knew Anita Roddick? Fantastic! I’ve always thought it a stroke of genius that she stood the cosmetic industry on its head and injected ethics and natural beauty, where others today seem to be going for botox and unnatural perfection. It’s amazing how cosmetics have those very different sides, and depending what you accentuate, and how you produce and market them, you get a completely different experience.
    Have a lovely Christmas, Emma, and all the best in the coming year!

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