The rise of the vigilante consumer challenging the corporate culture and the concerned citizen exercising the democratic right of dissent, has given rise to a worldwide movement opposing globalization. Roddick, founder of THE BODY SHOP, with her refreshing candor and directness, speaks to the poverty, crime, hunger, low wages, environmental deterioration and other problems caused by globalization, while at the same time offering practical solutions and ways that individuals can make a difference and create a world that works for all. Her words are a call to action and by debunking the “buy more-be more” credo of materialism, she helps everyone to make informed choices, erect real change, and live a socially responsible life.
The late Anita Roddick set the standard for corporate social responsibility and has challenged other transnational corporations to follow in her footsteps. She authored Body and Soul: Profits with Principles – The Amazing Success Story (Crown Trade, 1991) and Business as Unusual: The Triumph of Anita Roddick (Thorsons, 2000).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- Censorship and the power of the media
- How language controls us
- Political action: the importance of making a stand
- Britain’s love affair with the U.S.
- 9/11- and the lost innocence of the U.S.
- Globalization and fast track economics
- The British response to genetically engineered foods
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/25/2001 Program Number: 2898