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The Twelve Commandments of Responsible Business
Anita Roddick
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“The Twelve Commandments of Responsible Business.”


Regulate transnational corporations and financial markets to curb speculation; money laundering; trade in arms and illegal drugs; corporate tax evasion; the international sale of chemicals and drugs banned in a corporation’s home country; and anti-competitive practices such as price-fixing cartels.


Establish rules and institutions to give access to beneficial environmental, health, and other technologies – especially to low income people and countries.


Provide safeguards to prevent the international migration of invasive alien species; the pirating of indigenous knowledge; the patenting of life forms; the reckless introduction of genetically modified organisms into food supplies and the environment; and the use of child and slave labour to subsidise export production.


Establish ways individuals and communities harmed by the reckless actions of local subsidiaries of global corporations can sue to recover damages from the corporate parent.


Eliminate market-distorting export and international transport subsidies.


Establish a strong international anti-trust regime to co-ordinate national actions aimed at breaking up global concentrations of corporate power.


Strengthen local, national, and international food security through reforms that increase local and national food self-reliance; strengthen local ownership and protection of agricultural lands; encourage the use of sustainable organic methods; protect family farms; increase genetic diversity and prohibit the use of subsidised food exports by one country to undermine the food security of another.


Restore the democratic right of people to regulate financial and trade flows across their nation’s borders, and to set the terms and standards by which others will be allowed to do business within their domestic economy.


Eliminate the debilitating international debts of low income countries and bring trade and international financial accounts into balance between countries.


Require global corporations to adhere to the highest international, local, or home country standards regarding human rights, labour, environment, health and safety.


Provide a framework for sharing renewable resources fairly and phasing out reliance on non-renewable resources.

Penalise countries that attack others by dumping products at prices substantially below the real costs of production; use bullying tactics to force a country to open its markets to products it considers harmful or unnecessary; or disrupt a country’s economy by unilaterally imposing an economic embargo not sanctioned by the UN General Assembly.

Reproduced from Anita Roddick’s Take It Personally – A Survivor’s Guide on How to Make Conscious Choices to Change the World. Anita asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work.



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