Corporate Environmentalism Produces Competitive Edge

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Calling for corporate environmentalism at any cost, a Du Pont executive said Thursday that environmentalism is a mode of operation for every sector of society - including industry - and companies that respond to public expectations will have a competitive edge.

"We have commenced a journey - a long journey - in corporate environmentalism," Archie W. Dunham, senior vice president for Du Pont Polymers and the company's senior environmental officer, told engineering students at the University of Oklahoma.

Dunham, a graduate of the university, is the College of Engineering's engineer in residence for 1991. The program is designed to bring the real world of engineering and business practice to engineering students.

"Du Pont is convinced that environmental problems must be addressed globally, since the environment knows no artificial, man-made boundaries," Dunham said. "I'm confident that we have the technical and capital resources and the management commitment to satisfy the public's expectation for a clean society and a green environment."

He addressed several environmental issues currently faced by Du Pont, including chlorofluorocarbons, solid waste management and the safe transport of oil. …