[FAIRTRADE] Dame Anita Lucia Roddick

03Nov07

http://www.anitaroddick.com

Dame Anita Lucia Roddick, DBE (23 October 1942 – 10 September 2007) was the founder of The Body Shop, a British cosmetics company producing and retailing beauty products that shaped ethical consumerism.[1][2] The company was one of the first to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals and one of the first to promote fair trade with third world countries.

Roddick was also involved in activism and campaigning for environmental and social issues including involvement with Greenpeace and The Big Issue. In 1990 Roddick founded Children On The Edge, a charitable organization which helps disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe and Asia.[3]

Roddick was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis due to long standing hepatitis C in 2004, and after she revealed this to the media in February 2007 she promoted the work of the Hepatitis C Trust,[4] and campaigned to increase awareness of the disease.[5]

In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Roddick a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and she was officially styled Dame Anita Roddick DBE.

Charity work

Roddick was known for her campaigning work on environmental issues and was a member of the Demos think tank’s advisory council.

Children On The Edge (COTE) is an organization that Roddick founded in 1990 in response to her visits to Romanian orphanages.[3]
Upon seeing the conditions the children were in, she created COTE to
help manage the crisis and work to de-institutionalize the children
over the course of their early life. COTE’s mission focuses on
disadvantaged children affected by conflicts, natural disasters,
disabilities, and HIV/AIDS.

On 13 December 2005, the National Post
reported that Roddick had decided to turn her back on the world of
commerce and give away her fortune, worth some £51 million ($104
million).

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