Commerce with a conscience

Chiangmai Mail - Saturday, February 28, 2004

UK Ambassador for British Business to address Chiang Mai
The International Peace Foundation in cooperation with Chiang Mai University will bring another participant in the event series “Bridges - Dialogues towards a culture of peace” to Chiang Mai: Dame Anita Roddick, UK Ambassador for British Business.

Dame Anita Roddick, founder of ‘The Body Shop’, will give a keynote speech at Chiang Mai University (Faculty of Business Administration) on Thursday, March 4, at 10 a.m.

Her topic will be, ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Trade’.

Dame Anita Roddick is founder of ‘The Body Shop’, a company with 2010 stores in 52 countries.

She views business in the greater context of a world that should respect nature, animals, people and employees, for which she is one of the leaders for corporate social responsibility throughout the world.

She taught English and history, worked in the ‘Women’s Rights Department’ of the International Labor Organization in Geneva, owned and managed a restaurant and a hotel before she opened ‘The Body Shop’ in 1976 in Brighton.

She believes that commerce with a conscience is not only a moral imperative but a competitive advantage.

She has received numerous awards for her leading role in the business world, for her humanitarian efforts and for her engagement in environmental issues.

Anita Roddick is the recipient of many honorary degrees and is the UK Ambassador for British Business.

She was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire last year.

For information and free tickets, telephone 053 943 661-5, 053 224 076 or 053 941 007, fax 05) 219 252, 053 943 666 or 053 942 666, email opxxo004@chiangmai or