Environmental incidents can hit a wider range of businesses than many assume

Environmental impacts can have long-lasting impacts. You don’t have to look to examples such as the Deepwater oil spill that remain in the headlines; current protests over Dow’s sponsorship of this year’s Olympics - over the Bhopal gas tragedy almost three decades ago - make the point. Whether such disasters do much to raise awareness of the risks of environmental liability among the wider business community is questionable, though. For many, it seems, they are too remote and the companies involved too obviously engaged in potentially hazardous industries for them to relate to.

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