We--meaning government, business, consumers, the American public--are all in this for the long haul. Short-term profits and rewards
and short-sighted interests more and more often must give way to
long-term responsibility and commitment. We cannot afford to play
as though we need to win or lose only one game.
This, I believe, is one of the lessons of the late twentieth century
and its enormous upheavals, disasters, promises, and hopes. As proponents of the free marketplace, of liberty, of opportunity, and of individual and social responsibility, we Americans have an obligation
to learn this lesson as we move forward into the next century.
Based upon an address by Attorney General Robert Abrams at the Conference on "Preventing Corporate Lawbreaking: New Approaches to Government/Business Interaction," held at New York University's Stern School of
Business on April 21, 1990. The conference explored the subjects of business
ethics and legal compliance.
The Toxic Accident Prevention Bill, Assembly Bill 7418-A ( 1988-89) was
considered but not passed by the New York State Legislature in 1990.
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Book title: Corporate Lawbreaking and Interactive Compliance:Resolving the Regulation-Deregulation Dichotomy.
Contributors: Jay A. Sigler - Editor, Joseph E. Murphy - Editor.
Publisher: Quorum Books.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1991.
Page number: 25.
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