Corporate Social Responsibility?

As the year draws to its close we pay tribute to the late Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, who passed away in early September. In this exclusive clip, filmed in 2006, she discusses the challenges facing corporate social responsibility.


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Anita Roddick looks at the origins of social responsibility in business and questions the integrity of what is now commonly known as Corporate Social Responsibility. Since leading management consultants helped take the movement mainstream, the core values that shape ethical business practices have become compromised in her view. She touches on the power that big business wields over government and closes by suggesting that governments and businesses have become far too obsessed with profit and economic growth.

Filmed: Oxford, UK on 15 September 2006

Credits: Interviewer - Marcus Morrell, Camera and Editor - Marcus Morrell

Copyright © 2006 Big Picture TV

About Dame Anita Roddick

The late Dame Anita Roddick DBE founded The Body Shop and was one of Britain’s most successful global retailers. A pioneer of socially responsible business, she was a tireless campaigner for human rights and trade justice. She won numerous business, leadership and philanthropic awards and was named Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2003. She wrote and contributed to many books, including “Globalization: Take it Personally” (2001) and “Business as Unusual” (2005).