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25 years is a rite of passage and it gives you pause for reflection.
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All through history, there have always been movements where business was not just about the accumulation of proceeds but also for the public good.
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Also, I could only afford a box of 700 empty bottles, so I told everybody to come back for refills.
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At The Body Shop we had always been measured by how many jobs we had created, and I got a major award from the Queen on that.
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At the same time I was travelling and realizing that we could go into communities and work directly with the native people and set up community trade.
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But at the beginning, the minimal packaging was because we didn't have any money.
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But I always had a courageous human spirit.
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But if you can create an honorable livelihood, where you take your skills and use them and you earn a living from it, it gives you a sense of freedom and allows you to balance your life the way you want.
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But on the whole businesses do not listen to the consumer.
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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.
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Consumers have not been told effectively enough that they have huge power and that purchasing and shopping involve a moral choice.
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Everything back then was small scale. My kids were young, they were about 3 and 5, so I wanted something easy - you know, close the door at five o'clock.
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For myself, I needed to earn money, to look after the kids while my husband was travelling for two years across South America.
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I believe in businesses where you engage in creative thinking, and where you form some of your deepest relationships. If it isn't about the production of the human spirit, we are in big trouble.
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I didn't go to business school, didn't care about financial stuff and the stock market.
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I didn't want to be a cosmetic diva wearing high heels and make-up, prancing around at the celebrity functions.
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I had never even read a book on economic theory.
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I traveled enormously during the 1960's, when you measured everything by where you traveled and what you did as travelers.
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I want to work for a company that contributes to and is part of the community. I want something not just to invest in. I want something to believe in.
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If I can't do something for the public good, what the hell am I doing?
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If I had learned more about business ahead of time, I would have been shaped into believing that it was only about finances and quality management.
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If you are an activist, you bring the activism of your life into your business, or if you love creative art, you can bring that in.
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If you can shape your business life or your working life, you can just look at it as another extension - you just fulfill all your values as a human being in the work place.
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If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.
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If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.
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In Germany the refills are at about 80%, in England, less, but America they just don't care. It's just an extraordinary waste.
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Individual employees are being encouraged to go out and help in the community.
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It is a good example of how you can actually run a business. You can view it as not just a job but as an honorable livelihood where you can, by using your imagination, develop the human spirit.
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Look at the Quakers - they were excellent business people that never lied, never stole; they cared for their employees and the community which gave them the wealth. They never took more money out than they put back in.
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Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that's exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.
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One of the interesting things is once we started to get smarter and understand the issues more, and when we realized that we were going to be a real voice, then we ventured out with an extraordinary social justice agenda.
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One of the things I absolutely want to bring back is more communication about what we do with PBS stories, such as the one they just did in Nicaragua.
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One way is by community activity and campaigns, using the shops to involve customers in a campaign, whether on human rights or animal issues, so that they actually put their time and money into the campaign.
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Right now we are doing this boycott of Exxon and then we're doing a huge global warming campaign with Greenpeace.
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Scandinavian businesses, by law, have to have much more of an agenda of responsibility.
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The activists are taking action against the multinationals like Shell or British Petroleum, for example, and stopping Nike's use of sweat labour workshops in Indonesia.
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The Body Shop Foundation is run by our staff and supports social activism and environmental activism. We don't tend to support big agencies.
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The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.
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The first thing we did was set up a community volunteering program where every staff member was paid for doing volunteer work once a month. This program was just extraordinary.
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The hard thing when it grows larger is that you lose intimacy.
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The market controls everything, but the market has no heart.
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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.
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The movement for the environment really only started in the mid 1970's.
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The other thing I did was I told my kids that they would not inherit one penny.
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There is no scientific answer for success. You can't define it. You've simply got to live it and do it.
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They are no longer challenging governments, because governments are inert and in the pockets of big business.
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Vigilante consumers are working with human rights groups, environmental groups - the grassroots movement - and are definitely challenging corporations.
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We are active in all of the most unpopular causes, whether it's human rights or the poor independent farmer in this country that is an endangered species.
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We have been creating a whole range of publications for developing the activist. All knowledge should be shaped into action and we have been proselytizing that for many years.
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We have young employees whose work ethics involve active caring.
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We kept our sense of humanity, especially with me traveling in the Third World countries that I do.
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We turned all the shops into action stations to educate the public on certain issues such as human rights.
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We turned it around into a survivor's option: customers pick up the size they want and come back every week for a refill. Recycling had nothing to do with being environmentally conscious at that point.
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We were all social activists, and the activism sort of transferred itself into a new environmental movement.
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We were most creative when our back was against the wall.
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When you entered the tiny 370 square foot shop, we had five sizes of everything, so it looked like we had 120 products. That really was genius, as I look back on it, because it gave people choices.
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When you run an entrepreneurial business, you have hurry sickness - you don't look back, you advance and consolidate. But it is such fun.
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Years ago nobody was elected on the economic ticket. It was either the education platform, or it was health or it was other issues. It is only recently that economic values have superceded every other human value.
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