Now It's Personal

Shanoff, Barry
June 2006
Waste Age;Jun2006, Vol. 37 Issue 6, p20
Trade Publication
The article suggests measures that waste companies can do to reduce the risk or minimize the consequences of an environmental negligence lawsuit in the U.S. First, companies need to implement a program "reasonably capable of reducing the likelihood of criminal conduct," according to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual. If a company learns about apparent misconduct, the CEO or the board may decide to order an internal investigation. Before assigning company personnel, a company should consider how an inquiry would be viewed by outsiders, particularly regulatory agencies and prosecutors. Finally, a company must seriously weigh the advantages and disadvantages of disclosing the results of an internal probe to the government.


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