14. Anita Roddick, The Body Shop
The currently hot “clean beauty” concept owes a huge debt to Anita Roddick, revolutionary founder of The Body Shop. The British entrepreneur’s retail business, launched in 1976, was committed to social and environmental responsibility. Roddick’s skin-care products were sourced from natural ingredients with no animal testing and she worked to bring attention to endangered species and habitats.
Roddick sold The Body Shop to L’Oreal in 2006 and died in 2007. With 2,500+ stores worldwide, the company remains committed to its philosophy of Enrich Not Exploit™, enriching its products, its people and the planet through sustainable sourcing.