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UNION CARBIDE CHAIRMAN CHALLENGES INDUSTRY TO MAKE ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE SECOND NATURE, DEVELOP UNIFORM REPORTING STANDARDS

 UNION CARBIDE CHAIRMAN CHALLENGES INDUSTRY TO MAKE ENVIRONMENTAL
 PERFORMANCE SECOND NATURE, DEVELOP UNIFORM REPORTING STANDARDS
 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Carbide Corp. (NYSE: UK) Chairman Robert D. Kennedy today told business leaders from around the world that the vision of a sustainable society -- where human needs and wants can be met without degrading the environment -- can be achieved if business makes environmental performance second nature.
 Speaking at the Industry Forum on Environment and Development, Mr. Kennedy said industry has to center its plans and strategies more fully on pollution prevention.
 "Private business has at its disposal a powerful combination of technology and entrepreneurial resources," he said. "We have the management skills necessary to successfully integrate environmental considerations into our operations and our long-range planning.
 "By placing pollution prevention at the heart of our business strategies, we are able to see pollution prevention and efficient use of our resources as two sides of the same coin."
 The chemical industry, he added, is stepping up to its commitment to sustainable development in a number of ways.
 The industry's Responsible Care(R) initiative -- which encourages continuous environmental progress -- is making pollution prevention a way of life throughout the chemical business.
 At the same time, he said, many companies are working toward "closed loop" manufacturing, a process that produces absolutely no discharges.
 "Some of the most innovative thinking on sustainable development is going on today within the business community," Kennedy said. "And that's really got to be the technological engine for change in any case."
 But for Responsible Care to achieve its full potential, he said the effort has to move faster "across international boundaries" and industry lines.
 At the same time, Kennedy said the program still needs to develop a better system for reporting results.
 "Companies use different regulatory formats, data bases, time frames and definitions," he said. "It's clear that we're not getting the full benefit from the work we are doing.
 "We need to develop a system of uniform reporting standards around the world, a common vocabulary, accepted definition and practices. One that can be independently verified -- plant by plant, country by country -- much as financial auditing does for our balance sheets."
 And while industry can't single-handedly create a sustainable world, he said "we can do our part to move the environmental agenda -- faster and more effectively -- toward sustainable development.
 "We must be prepared to demonstrate a wholehearted acceptance of the concept of sustainable growth," he said.
 The two-day forum is sponsored by the International Chamber of Commerce in connection with the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
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