And remember this if you ever think you're too small to be effective you've never been in bed with a mosquito.
If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.
If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just.
Since the governments are in the pockets of businesses, who's going to control this most powerful institution? Business is more powerful than politics, and it's more powerful than religion. So it's going to have to be the vigilante consumer.
I want to work for a company that contributes to and is part of the community. I want something not just to invest in. I want something to believe in.
I hope to leave my children a sense of empathy and pity and a will to right social wrongs
To succeed you have to believe in something with such<br/>a passion that it becomes a reality.
The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.
Be nice, for everyone that you meet is fighting a harder battle
There is no scientific answer for success. You can't define it. You've simply got to live it and do it.
a revolution in kindness
If I can't do something for the public good, what the hell am I doing?
Cynicism is what passes for insight when courage is lacking
But the minute we went public on the stock market, which is how our wealth was created, it was no longer how many people you employed, it was how much you were worth and how much your company was worth.
I am still looking for the modern equivalent of those Quakers who ran successful businesses, made money because they offered honest products and treated their people decently... This business creed, sadly, seems long forgotten.
Look at the Quakers - they were excellent business people that never lied, never stole; they cared for their employees and the community which gave them the wealth. They never took more money out than they put back in.
But if you can create an honorable livelihood, where you take your skills and use them and you earn a living from it, it gives you a sense of freedom and allows you to balance your life the way you want.
The money that we make from the company goes into The Body Shop Foundation, which isn't one of those awful tax shelters like some in America. It just functions to take the money and give it away.
Consumers have not been told effectively enough that they have huge power and that purchasing and shopping involve a moral choice.
All through history, there have always been movements where business was not just about the accumulation of proceeds but also for the public good.
I didn't go to business school, didn't care about financial stuff and the stock market.
If I had learned more about business ahead of time, I would have been shaped into believing that it was only about finances and quality management.
Over the past decade... while many businesses have pursued what I call 'business as usual,' I have been part of a different, smaller business movement, one that tried to put idealism back on the agenda.
When you run an entrepreneurial business, you have hurry sickness - you don't look back, you advance and consolidate. But it is such fun.
Years ago nobody was elected on the economic ticket. It was either the education platform, or it was health or it was other issues. It is only recently that economic values have superceded every other human value.