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Coming CleanInformation Disclosure and Environmental Performance$
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Michael E. Kraft, Mark Stephan, and Troy D. Abel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014953

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014953.001.0001

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Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance

Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance

(p.1) 1 Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance
Coming Clean

Michael E. Kraft

Mark Stephan

Troy D. Abel

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on understanding information disclosure and how it impacts the environmental performance of companies and the communities that house the facilities. Several environmental agencies, such as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have implemented legislation, including the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program, to encourage corporations to disclose information and regulate environmental performance. As a result, significant policy changes have occurred at the state and local level, leading to a considerable reduction in industrial carbon footprints, health risks, and hazards to the communities. Information disclosure from companies regarding the contents and ingredients of their products enables consumers to make smart buying choices. These developments help people who are seeking information disclosure from hospitals regarding their health services, along with institutions and organizations that influence their lives.

Keywords:   information disclosure, environmental performance, carbon footprints, legislation, health risks

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