Using Process Redesign to Improve DOD's Environmental Security Program: Remediation Program Management

By Jeffrey A. Drezner; Frank Camm | Go to book overview

Chapter Four
CASE 1: REMEDIATION PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AT
DUPONT

DuPont is a global research and technology company manufacturing products based on chemicals, polymers, fibers, and petroleum. Product markets include aerospace, agriculture, automotive, construction, electronics, packaging, refining, and transportation.1 In 1994, DuPont had a net income of $2.7 billion on sales of $39.3 billion. The company has about 150 manufacturing facilities, 20 natural gas processing plants, and many product-handling and distribution facilities.2

DuPont's pollution prevention, compliance, and conservation-related activities are managed out of each business unit and the Safety, Health, and Environment Excellence Center. DuPont appears to have a strong corporate environmental ethic and a fairly comprehensive environmental policy. Remediation activities are managed separately through the Corporate Remediation Group (CRG). There appear to be limited links between remediation program management activities and pollution prevention and compliance activities.

The following description of DuPont's corporate environmental policy, practice, and performance draws mainly on publicly available information and secondary sources and is meant to provide context for the more thorough discussion of the company's remediation program. The discussion of DuPont's remediation program is based on

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1
DuPont News Release, Wilmington, Del., September 20, 1995.
2
DuPont 1994 Annual Report, Wilmington, Del., p. 34.

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