Ethical Guidelines For Muslims In Business By Dr. Rafik Issa Beekun

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According to the Burt's Bees website, their history is a lot of "minding their own beeswax." Roxanne Quimby relates how she struggled to support her three children by "buying low and selling high at flea markets" and how Burt was similarly just getting by, selling the honey his bees produced from the back of his pickup truck. One day, Burt showed Roxanne that he had been storing all his beeswax in a shed, thinking he'd "get around to" using it for "something" one day.

The pair decided Roxanne could make candles from the wax, and after making $200 at one county fair selling beeswax candles for $3 a pair, the duo knew they were on to something. They rented an old one-room schoolhouse ...view middle of the document...

According to Market Watch, Burt's Bees grossed some 170 million dollars in 2008. That is a long way from a family living and working in an old school house with no water or electricity. The values that made Burt and Roxanne so determined and hardworking seem to be values that the average American agrees with, to the tune of millions of dollars!

Burt's Bees continued to spend a lot of its profits on further research and development to find new ways to create all natural products, and they are still the best all-natural option for lip balms, skin creams, and shampoos

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt's_Bees

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Burt's Bees
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Burt's Bees is an American personal care products subsidiary of Clorox that describes itself as an "Earth friendly, Natural Personal Care Company” making products for personal care, health, beauty, and personal hygiene. As of 2007, they manufactured over 197 products for facial and body skin care, lip care, hair care, baby care, men's grooming, and outdoor remedies distributed in nearly 30,000 retail outlets including grocery stores and drug store chains across the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong, and Taiwan from their headquarters inDurham, North Carolina.
Burt's Bees manufactures their products with natural ingredients using minimal processing such as distillation/condensation, extraction/steamed distillation/pressure cooking and hydrolysis to maintain the purity of those ingredients. In addition, every product has a "natural bar" which gives a percentage of natural ingredients in that product, often with detailed ingredient descriptions.
Burt's Bees operates under a business model referred to as "The Greater Good," which outlines that all company practices must be socially responsible. To reflect this philosophy, Burt's Bees uses all natural ingredients, engages in environmentally friendly business practices, and extends its humanitarian efforts to the community at large.
Originating in Maine in the 1980s, the business began when co-founder Roxanne Quimby started making candles from Burt Shavitz's leftover beeswax. Their attention to quality brought success and eventually led to the bottling and selling of honey, a practice that slowly diminished as the company evolved as a corporation. Eventually, other products using honey and beeswax, including edible spreads and furniture polish, were sold, before moving into the personal care line.
In late 2007, the Clorox Company purchased Burt's Bees.
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Timeline
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1984-1998
* 1984: Burt's Bees originated in Maine as a candle making partnership between Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz in 1984. Shavitz had a honey business which provided the excess beeswax needed for the candles and...

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