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Compliance with Government Pollution and Energy Usage Regulation

1. Many businesses must comply with government regulations related to pollution and energy usage. Businesses may also voluntarily engage in other sustainable business practices. What is a business leader's motivation to engage in sustainable business practices? Why might a business leader resist implementing voluntary business practices? What are other ways besides regulations that the government or local community encourages businesses to become more sustainable?

2. Select two of the following Web sites:

- US Green Building Council:
- Global Reporting Initiative:
- Purdue University Clean Manufacturing Technology Institute:
- Indiana Department of Environmental Management:

Read and consider the major differences and similarities among the two organizations and answer the following questions:

- Are these practices widely applicable or better suited to a specific industry?
- Do they contain mandatory or voluntary targets? How are they used?
- What additional resources do they offer?
- What benefits would a business gain from using one?

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A business leader is motivated to engage in sustainability practices because if they do not, then they can easily face fines of many kinds as well as jail time to. This can ruin him or her if they do not act fast when the government puts new regulations in place, or can help depending on his or her reaction. A reason on why a leader may resist implementing voluntary business practices is because he or she does not agree with them, or they go against his or her ethical code. If any of these should arise, then the person will not do what is suggested. Some other ways in which they are encouraged to become more sustainable is by means of competitive strategy with other organizations, current market, and what consumers are wanting. All of these greatly impact ...

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This solution provided an analysis of two websites in terms of their ability and willingness to comply with government green policies. 536 words.