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We will inform in a timely manner everyone who may be affected by conditions
caused by our company that might endanger health, safety or the environment. We
will regularly seek advice and counsel through dialogue with persons in communities
near our facilities. We will not take any action against employees for reporting
dangerous incidents or conditions to management or to appropriate authorities.
We will implement these Principles and sustain a process that ensures that the Board
of Directors and Chief Executive Ofﬁcer are fully informed about pertinent
environmental issues and are fully responsible for environmental policy. In selecting
our Board of Directors, we will consider demonstrated environmental commitment as
Audits and Reports
We will conduct an annual self-evaluation of our progress in implementing these
Principles. We will support the timely creation of generally accepted environmental
audit procedures. We will annually complete the CERES Report, which will be made
available to the public. 234 THE SOCIOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 235 Disclaimer
These Principles establish an environmental ethic with criteria by which investors and
others can assess the environmental performance of companies. Companies that
endorse these Principles pledge to go voluntarily beyond the requirements of the law.
The terms “may” and “might” in Principles one and eight are not meant to
encompass every imaginable consequence, no matter how remote. Rather, these
Principles obligate endorsers to behave as prudent persons who are not governed by
conﬂicting interests and who possess a strong commitment to environmental
excellence and to human health and safety. These Principles are not intended to
create new legal liabilities, expand existing rights or obligations, waive legal
defenses, or otherwise affect the legal position of any endorsing company, and are
not intended to be used against an endorser in any legal proceeding for any purpose.
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- Fall '08
- The Land