The Emerging (and Challenging) Role of Environmental
Trowbridge, Philip (AMD, Austin, TX)
The role of environmental in multinational corporations is evolving as emerging global trends drive environmentally-related issues into the heart of the business decision process. Traditionally, environmental departments have functioned as the guardians of regulatory compliance related to air, water, and waste. Recent global trends toward more “environmentally friendly” products, increased disclosure of environmental performance and contribution to a sustainable future are placing a renewed emphasis on the integration of environmental considerations throughout all functions of the corporation from management actions to product design, manufacturing and end of life options. These trends are driven by a number of factors including new legislative initiatives and stakeholder concerns. The purpose of this presentation is to provide background information and the basic knowledge necessary to better understand the new terminology and directions of environmental departments within multinational organizations.
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