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10/14/92

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British cosmetics mogul to speak at Stanford

STANFORD -- Anita Roddick, founder and managing director of the British cosmetics firm The Body Shop, will give the Fourth Annual von Gugelberg lecture at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business on Friday, Oct. 16.

Roddick will speak at noon in Bishop Auditorium on "Products and Principles." A second lecture by Roddick will be held in the same venue at 2:30. Both events are free and open to the public.

In Body and Soul: Profit With Principles, published in the United States in 1991, Roddick made her case for socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing.

Roddick founded the first Body Shop in England in 1976. The hair- and skin-care firm operates under a strict environmental code and does no traditional advertising.

It has a current market value of $850 million. Last year, it had a net income of almost $30 million. The Body Shop has more than 700 retail outlets in 40 countries and boasts a larger presence outside the United Kingdom than any other British retailer. In 1990, the firm received the Queen's Award for Export.

Roddick was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1988 and presented the United Nations' Global 500 Environment Award in 1989.

The von Gugelberg lecture series, established by classmates of the late Conradin von Gugelberg, MBA '87, each year brings to the campus an environmental leader from the public or private sector. Earlier speakers have included Sen. Tim Wirth (D- Colo.), Environmental Protection Agency Director William Reilly, and William Ruckelshaus, who heads the waste management giant Browning-Ferris Industries.

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