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The New Entrepreneurial Leader by H. James Wilson, Kate McKone-Sweet, Danna Greenberg

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CHAPTER 6Sustainability Metrics: Has the Time Arrived for Accountants to Embrace SEERS Reporting?

Janice Bell, Virginia Soybel, and Robert Turner

IN THE 1990S, WHEN MANAGERS AT HEWLETT-PACKARD (HP) recognized that the soldering lead used in the company’s manufacturing process was toxic, they voluntarily initiated R&D projects to develop nontoxic, non-tarnishing, non-oxidizing alternatives. In 2006, when the European Union passed the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive, HP was in compliance; this earned goodwill from regulators that resulted in a voice in future regulation of the industry, and it opened European markets for new services from HP (Nidumolu, Prahalad, Rangaswami 2009).

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