Pressure from consumer movements in the North has pushed some transnational companies to look seriously at the ethics of their global production processes. Large brand names such as Reebok and Nike have for example introduced codes of conduct to guarantee decent working conditions in supplier countries in the South, or sponsored community development schemes. But is corporate social responsibility a mere public relations exercise, or is it the way for business in the future?
Dame Anita Roddick DBE, founder of The Body Shop and a pioneer of socially responsible business, will explore the issue of corporate social responsibility in a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 1 March.
Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976. What distinguishes The Body Shop and Anita from other global businesses and entrepreneurs is a core dedication to community trade and human rights causes. She is a key pioneer of socially responsible business, proving that commerce with a conscience is not only a moral imperative. Anita Roddick was named a Dame of the Order of the British Empire in 2003.
An outspoken opponent of economic globalisation, Anita Roddick is the only executive of a major global corporation who was tear-gassed in the streets of Seattle in 1999. She has written several books, including the autobiographical Body and Soul and Business As Unusual, and was editor of the Take It Personally: how to make conscious choices to change the world. Her new publishing company, Anita Roddick Books, has published titles including Numbers and Troubled Water.
Corporate Social Responsibility - Latest Trend or the Way Forward? is on Tuesday 1 March at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London. This event is free, open to all and unticketed.
Dame Anita Roddick will visit the Waterstone's Economists' Bookshop on Tuesday 1 March before the lecture to sign advance copies of her forthcoming book Business as Unusual.
Her other titles Troubled Water: saints, sinners, truths and lies about the global water crisis, Numbers, A Revolution In Kindness, Brave Hearts and Take It Personally will also be available for purchase.
Tuesday 1 March, 5-6pm, Waterstone's Economists' Bookshop, Clare Market, Portugal Street, LSE. Wine and light refreshments will be available. This event is open to all with no ticket required.
To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk
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Dame Anita Roddick, Body Shop co-founder, will address the London School of Economics on March 1 on the subject of corporate social responsibility.
18 February 2005