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While her husband Gordon was away on a horse trek, Anita Roddick, then a 33 year old mother of two, sought a way to support herself and her family. Using the natural methods for ensuring personal hygiene and comfort that she had learned in her global travels, Roddick began to produce and market natural cosmetic products. Her first store in Brighton, England was such a phenomenal success, that Roddick soon found herself franchising Body Shop outlets. By the time she stood down as CEO in 1998 The Body Shop was a multinational, operating over 1000 stores in more than 40 countries.
The Body Shop was built around a business model that evolved from Roddick's own guiding principles: her view that business should operate in a context of respect for fellow humans, nature and animal life lead to a socially and environmentally responsible credo that has been emulated by other businesses world-wide. The Body Shop's corporate development was informed by Roddick's enthusiasm for campaigns for social and environmental change such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International and the campaign against animal testing.
Roddick has received a number of awards, including the Order of the British Empire and the United Nations' Global 500 award in recognition for her contributions to commerce, the environment and society.
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