Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Anita Roddick: Great leader and role model

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Body Shop founder Anita Roddick spanned the spheres of business, the environment and politics, naturally. She was a bundle of energy and a great inspiration and role model for me in the early 1980's when I was first involved in green campaigning (and she is still an inspiration and role model). Her campaign involvements were many and varied: women; environment; animal rights; business ethics; fair trade; homelessness; missing persons; indigenous peoples; human rights...

Her sudden death at 64 is a shock to many, not least her partner, children and granchildren, as well as the many people her life and work impacted. How many people did business her way in 1976? She challenged, informed and was a spark to light a fire. Her influence will live on.