Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick

I was shocked and saddened to hear, last night, of the death of Anita Roddick. She was such a fantastic inspiration, and pretty much single-handedly redefined the area of business ethics here in the UK.

I’m of course deeply in awe of anyone who could start up such an influential business based on such great visionary principles. Maybe now people will start to give her the full credit she was always due.

Locally she’ll be missed too, not just because over the last 12 months – having sold the Body Shop – she was starting to involve herself in the local community again as a fundraiser and an advisor to local groups, but because she was so well loved around these parts. This was where it all started. She founded the Body Shop here in Brighton – many here remember the original shop.

People like her are needed more than ever.

2 thoughts on “Anita Roddick

  1. I echo your words Nigel on Anita??€�s impact on values led business. I have so many memories of Anita and my time at The Body Shop and I owe most of my enthusiasm, belief and values in ??€?doing business differently??€? to her and my experience of the business culture at the Body Shop

    Her refusal to ever become complacent created an energy around her that developed positive creativity, passion for life, force for change, excitement and determination (at least for those that wanted to move, act and push the boundaries!) that I have ever encountered before and doubt I will again. I feel privileged to have worked closely with her and to have taken forward so much from those times into my life and work.

    She really was a life force and so very human, real, honest, brave and very very funny!

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