Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Capitalist with a conscience dies

I was watching the news last night when I herd Anita Roddick had died. Have to say personally she was a great business women how she made Body Shop into such a recognizable brand name but yet campaigned for environment. It is true that she was quite ahead of her time encouraging use of organic ingredients and reuse of packaging. She often encouraged customers to bring in bottles for refills in exchange for money off. These environmental concepts have been core to success of Body Shop and have been well ahead of the rest off the world. I think she was was to a sense successful where Sikh have failed to promote environmental philosophy of Guroo Sahibs and Gursikhs such as Prof Puran Singh Ji.

Tributes flooded in Tuesday for Anita Roddick, the British founder of The Body Shop cosmetics chain and "capitalist with a conscience" who has died at the age of 64 after a major brain haemorrhage.

Roddick is best known as the driving force behind The Body Shop, a highly successful international chain of shops set up in 1976 which sold simple, ethical and environmentally-friendly beauty products.

The shop was also an early pioneer of recycling -- customers were encouraged to bring empty containers back to the store for refills after buying the products.

The Body Shop, which has over 2,000 stores in more than 50 countries, was bought by French cosmetics chain L'Oreal last year for 652 million pounds (957 million euros, 1.3 billion dollars).

Some campaigners were shocked by the decision to sell to a major corporation, but Roddick said she was confident she could be a "Trojan horse" by taking The Body Shop's principles to L'Oreal.


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