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Environmental policy and corporate environmental behaviour in India: social, economic and legal aspects

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Countries all over the world find sustainability to be a major concern, and India is no exception. The Indian environmental management system today clearly reflects this global concern. Global economic forces have impacted environmental management in India on many fronts, such as pollution control, preservation and promotion of ecology, environmental legislation, multilateral environmental agreements, social pressures and legal actions. Based on the personal and professional experiences of the author in business, government, academia and NGOs, this article traces the path taken by the government in developing environmental policy in India in the process of the country's development and traces how the corporate entities responded to the challenge. It is important to approach these interdependent dimensions of sustainable development with a balanced view of domestic as well as of global aspects. The broad objective of the author is to initiate debate on public environmental policy and corporate environmental management as 'Sustainable Development in India' is the main theme of the 14th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, which is planned in New Delhi in 2008.

Keywords: globalisation, India, environmental policy, corporate environmental management, sustainability, government policy, public policy, sustainable development, industrial ecology

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