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  • A 10-year prospective on remediation

    A 10-year prospective on remediation

    For the last thirty years we have all been working very hard to put ourselves out of the remediation business, so why be concerned with where  remediation will be ten years in the future? In responding to environmental legacies of the past hasn’t ...

    Dwight Bedsole

  • The surprising solution to the global financial meltdown

    The surprising solution to the global financial meltdown

    During this recent global financial meltdown, the best companies — from Toyota, UTC, HP and Apple — have done what is necessary to shield their corporations from collapse. They have made these moves like surfers, riding a new wave, while ...

    Bruce Piasecki

  • Automaking and the new century: Social response product development as corporate strategy

    Automaking and the new century: Social response product development as corporate strategy

    An in-depth case study on how Toyota and Honda utilized a social response product development strategy to liberate a new family of hybrid technologies. SOCIAL RESPONSE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT The automaker that wins the race to build and sell the ...

    Bruce Piasecki

  • Avoiding business stumbles

    Avoiding business stumbles

    With the technical sophistication of social and environmental stakeholder groups growing exponentially, how can corporations protect themselves from the risk of a small product stumble ballooning into a major crisis? In this age of the global ...

    Deborah D. Anderson and Paul M. Bray

  • Better governance: To avoid risks or to create value?

    Better governance: To avoid risks or to create value?

    In this article, George Dallas argues that corporate governance should not be looked at as an external discipline that imposes costs, but rather as an internal discipline that adds value — it is about creating a corporate culture that embodies and ...

    George Dallas

  • Challenges in governance and innovation

    Challenges in governance and innovation

    This article describes the evolution and complexity of BP`s climate change strategies, including BP`s own environmental footprint, a reinvention of its energy products to go beyond petroleum, and a recognition that their climate change strategies ...

    Joan Wales

  • Climate change report shareholders request: Progressive action + practical steps + strong relationships = Positive experience

    Climate change report shareholders request: Progressive action + practical steps + strong relationships = Positive experience

    In the fall of 2004 DTE Energy received a request `that a committee of independent directors of the Board assess how the company is responding to rising regulatory, competitive and public pressure to significantly reduce carbon dioxide and other ...

    Skiles Boyd

  • Coming of age for EH&S professionals

    Coming of age for EH&S professionals

    If EH&S professionals are uniquely suited to serve as the corporation`s external window on the world, its problem-solvers and visionaries, how can they get management to listen? Having entered a new century, we find that we are no longer in the ...

    Kenneth R. Dickerson

  • Corporate strategy today: The role of design for environment

    Corporate strategy today: The role of design for environment

    Why one of the world`s leading technology companies thinks it`s important not only to design great products, but to design great manufacturing processes to go with them. As one of the world`s leading technology companies, Intel competes ...

    Michael R. Splinter

  • Defining environmental risks and `Uncertainty` under the sarbanes-oxley act of 2002

    Defining environmental risks and `Uncertainty` under the sarbanes-oxley act of 2002

    Find out how Marsh`s Strategic Environmental Risk Assessment (SERA) process helps corporations protect assets and create value by recognizing, evaluating, and managing enterprise risk. THE ENVIRONMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT To meet these new ...

    Donna H. Sandidge

  • Defining the environmental compass points for exelon

    Defining the environmental compass points for exelon

    In this case study, a lead executive from a major producer of electricity explains how, through better business alignment and environmental strategy, the company out-maneuvered the financial pressures of post-Enron debt barriers. The fundamental ...

    William Brady

  • Dialogue: One critical route to sustainable development

    Dialogue: One critical route to sustainable development

    A case study of Dow`s strategic approach to achieve sustainable development and improve its governance process. I cannot remember a time in my 26 years at Dow when we have experienced so much change in such a short time. Globalization, information ...

    Samuel L. Smolik

  • Drama and business values of corporate benchmarking

    Drama and business values of corporate benchmarking

    Benchmarking is about comparing one firm`s systems to a set of another firm`s parallel systems — a simple yet effective approach to learning for management at a time when learning is critical. `Tact,` my wife once explained, `is the intelligence of ...

    Bruce Piasecki

  • EHS governance: Responding to crisis at Ashland

    EHS governance: Responding to crisis at Ashland

    When Ashland `got religion` in 1988, it provoked serious and valuable reform to rebuild public confidence that improved performance and instilled a culture of environmental responsibility in the organization. THE BEGINNING January 2, 1988, is the ...

    Glenn Hammer

  • Financial assurance and long-term stewardship

    Financial assurance and long-term stewardship

    While financial reporting is a SEC requirement for all publicly traded companies, financial assurance is a requirement of regulatory authorities and applies to all responsible parties, whether publicly or privately held. Here the author tackles the ...

    Dwight Bedsole

  • Financial risks and opportunities from toxic chemicals in products

    Financial risks and opportunities from toxic chemicals in products

    In this article, the author discusses how social response product development (or SRPD) is an essential strategy for avoiding the risks from toxic chemicals in products and seizing the opportunities that arise from developing safer alternatives. In ...

    Richard A. Liroff

  • FMC`s brownfield lessons learned

    FMC`s brownfield lessons learned

    A corporate officer shares the valuable lessons his company has learned in addressing its brownfield redevelopment sites, providing case studies of four separate projects to demonstrate how a cooperative approach to remediation and redevelopment can ...

    Robert Forbes

  • Global warming: Acting in advance of government

    Global warming: Acting in advance of government

    While the diplomats stumbled over compliance mechanisms to curb global warming at The Hague, it increasingly appears that the public has crossed the line to believe we have entered a long, hot century. Polar melt down and extreme weather may ...

    Paul M. Bray

  • Leveraging global citizenship functions in the 21st-century corporation

    Leveraging global citizenship functions in the 21st-century corporation

    The author outlines HP`s efforts to integrate global citizenship efforts across the entire business, from sales, investor relations, R&D, and branding, throughout HP`s $40 billion supply chain and into the design and development of new products. ...

    Sam Piazza

  • Leveraging intangible assets: How a rating can help measure and communicate performance

    Leveraging intangible assets: How a rating can help measure and communicate performance

    Intangible assets — such as reputation, brand value, goodwill, intellectual capital, culture, staff, and strategy — make up between 70% and 85% of corporate market value, yet they go largely unaccounted in financial statements. Dr. Barton gives ...

    Helena Barton