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Happy October Birthday! How Dame Anita Lucia Roddick Became A Culture Shift On A Global Level

by Erik Fogel | Oct 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM |

Dame Anita Lucia



"Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded.”  

Dame Anita Lucia Roddick



Dame Anita Lucia Roddick was born in Little Hampton on October 23, 1942, a daughter of Italian immigrants. Growing up she described feeling like a natural outsider who was drawn to rebels and those that thought differently about the world. Anita decided to start her own business as a mother of two young children with a wealth of travel experience and knowledge of people and women, especially those in pre-industrial areas. Out of her intense passion and little business experience, The Body Shop was born. Roddick used natural products, partnered with people instead of corporations, and cast a much-needed light on the environment while doing it. This month, we honor her birth, her life, and her legacy.


Dame Anita Lucia Roddick's moral outrage drove her business model. A fierce ally for the environment and sustainable resources, not only did her business exclusively deal with natural products, she took up large-scale advocacy and impossible odds against companies like Exxon Mobil and Shell to create change and better the lives of people thousands of miles away from her. The Body Shop's success grew into a massive chain of businesses all founded on the same principles, and all continuously looking for new opportunities to partner with pre-industrial people and their precious knowledge of resources.


Stepping into the uncrowded space to take your place as a force to be reckoned with embodies everything Roddick stood for. Cultivating the skills to not only be the voice of change, but the catalyst of courageous action, is exactly what you can start to do by joining your debate team. The NYCUDL Girls Debate League is ready to hear your voice, are you ready to speak up? Are you ready to debate like a girl?


Awards and honors

  • 1984 – Veuve Clicquot Businesses Woman of the Year
  • 1988 – Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • 1988 – Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sussex
  • 1991 – Center for World Development Education's World Vision Award, USA
  • 1993 – Banksia Foundation's Australia Environmental Award
  • 1993 – Mexican Environmental Achiever Award
  • 1993 – National Audubon Society Medal, USA
  • 1994 – Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics, USA
  • 1994 – University of Michigan's Annual Business Leadership Award, USA
  • 1995 – Women's Business Development Center's First Annual Woman Power Award, USA
  • 1996 – Women's Center's Leadership Award, USA
  • 1996 – The Gleitsman Foundation's Award of Achievement, USA
  • 1997 – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Honouree, Eyes on the Environment
  • 1999 – Honorary Degree (Doctor of Laws) from the University of Bath[25]
  • 1999 – British Environment & Media Award
  • 1999 – Chief Wiper-Away of Ogoni Tears, Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, Nigeria
  • 2001 – International Peace Prayer Day Organisation's Woman of Peace
  • 2003 – Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)[26]
  • 2004 – Honorary Doctorate of Public Service, The Sage Colleges
  • 2005 – Shell liveWIRE survey of inspirational role models, third place after 1) Richard Branson 2) Friends/family 3) Anita Roddick 4) James Dyson 5) Sahar Hashemi
  • 2006 – Spirit of the Rainforest Award, Rainforest Action Network


Sources: Biography and Succeed Feed and Wikipedia

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