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Anita Roddick

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First broadcast:
Tuesday 21 August 2012

The New Elizabethans: Anita Roddick.

James Naughtie considers the influence of one of Britain's most successful businesswomen, Anita Roddick. She was the first to base a large High Street business on being socially and environmentally conscious. Her cosmetics company The Body Shop championed fair trade long before it became a buzz word.

The New Elizabethans have been chosen by a panel of leading historians, chaired by Lord (Tony) Hall, Chief Executive of London's Royal Opera House. The panellists were Dominic Sandbrook, Bamber Gascoigne, Sally Alexander, Jonathan Agar, Maria Misra and Sir Max Hastings.

They were asked to choose: "Men and women whose actions during the reign of Elizabeth II have had a significant impact on lives in these islands and/or given the age its character, for better or worse.".


    All the archive is taken from In The Hot Seat: Anita Roddick. In which Roddick answers questions from Magenta deVine and an invited audience of young people.
    Broadcast 08/01/1991 on Radio 4
    Reference: 94086 (1) Date: 11/01/1991
    Category RADPROG Catalogue number 963144
    Item title RODDICK, ANITA Analogue or Digital 15
    Copyright Information COMMERCIALS Reference Number 94086 (1)


    Business as Usual: The Journey of Anita Roddick and the Body Shop.



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