The movement for the environment really only started in the mid 1970's.
There are only two ways of making money: the hard way and the very hard way!
I started The Body Shop in 1976 simply to create a livelihood for myself and my two daughters, while my husband, Gordon, was trekking across the Americas. I had no training or experience and my only business acumen was Gordon's advice to take sales of Â£300 a week. Nobody talks of entrepreneurship a
the most powerful bodies in the world, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, are also the least democratic and inclusive.
The bigger you grow, the more intimate communication has to be. It almost has to be belly and belly. As you get bigger and bigger in an organization, everything gets more and more detached and everything is on email or voicemail. That's the worse thing because lack of intimacy is one of the downside
We communicate with passion and passion persuades.
There is no scientific answer for success. You can't define it. You've simply got to live it and do it.
Over the past decade... while many businesses have pursued what I call 'business as usual,' I have been part of a different, smaller business movement, one that tried to put idealism back on the agenda.
The money that we make from the company goes into The Body Shop Foundation, which isn't one of those awful tax shelters like some in America. It just functions to take the money and give it away.
Not all revolutionaries set out to change the world per se; some set out to change their own worlds. And in so doing, they often change the way one person, or a few people, or whole communities, or entire nations or the world thinks and operates in some significant way.
When your back is against the wall financially, creative juices flow.
I hope to leave my children a sense of empathy and pity and a will to right social wrongs
The aging process is fascinating because it doesn't disturb me, because this is what it is supposed to be like. But I'll tell you what does - it's the lack of strength - you can't hold up suitcases and do it yourself. Loss of physical strength.
Successful entrepreneurs may hate hierarchies and structures and try to destroy them. They may garner the disapproval of MBAs for their creativity and wildness. But they have antennae in their heads. When they walk down the street anywhere in the world, they have their antennae out, evaluating how w
The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you. Anita Rod
Globalization ... is the most important change in the history of mankind, and often just the latest name for the conspiracy of the rich against the poor.
Maybe this is what the future will look like: fresh, clean water will be so rare it will be guarded by armies. Water as the next oil - the next resource worth going to war over.
I didn't go to business school, didn't care about financial stuff and the stock market. Anita Roddic
The freedom that comes with globalization is freedom for the rich and powerful nations to further exploit and further marginalize those at the bottom of the social ladder.
If I can't do something for the public good, what the hell am I doing?
If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.
I've got power, I've got influence, and I've got money, but I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to hang around in the company.
People I work with are open to leadership that has a vision, but this vision has to be communicated clearly and persuasively, and always, always with passion.
By creating conversation, we let our customers spread our message by word of mouth.
Why should how I act in my workplace be any different from how I interact with my family at home? It's making sure the company runs on feminine principles where the major ethic is care.
I have no interest in being the biggest, the most profitable or the largest retailer. I just want The Body Shop to be the best, most breathlessly exciting company - and one that changes the way business is carried out.
If you've got a partner that's supportive and you're doing something you enjoy it doesn't ever become a job or a burden. Its about community, new friendships, support mechanism.
The growth of The Body Shop is testimony to the fact that you don't need to waste money on costly advertising campaigns to be successful. Instead, we've always relied on word of mouth and stories.
But the minute we went public on the stock market, which is how our wealth was created, it was no longer how many people you employed, it was how much you were worth and how much your company was worth.
When you take the high moral road it is difficult for anyone to object without sounding like a complete fool.