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Details: Does free trade encourage pollution as corporations build factories and plants in countries with more lenient air and water pollution controls? Or does it encourage higher standards, as better controls and higher standards are brought in with the growing corporations?

The CEO and COO in the USA hope to use your writing and experience to convince other employees of the value of what Acme is doing abroad. They have asked that you write an article for the company newsletter about the success of an outside company in multinational partnership. This will denote to readers that Acme has done its research and seeks to do the same with care for the host environment. They will write and include a paragraph about you and your work for Acme at the end of the article.

Goals: Multinational corporations are sometimes at the leading edge of lean production techniques and new ways of working with the community. Transfer of these approaches through foreign direct investment by the multinationals can be a critical pathway for developing countries to acquire these essential building blocks for sustainable industrialization. Today's dominant industrial paradigm - lean production - tends to minimize raw material needs by reducing waste and unwanted stock, and it is associated with participation and individual responsibility of workers and host communities throughout the chain of production.

Select a multinational corporation that has been successful in forming partnerships with workers and the host communities. Conduct research on the company through websites you have learned of through the Cybrary, the Internet, and your reading to create a 2-3 page company newsletter article in which you do the following:

Discuss the corporation's business activities in a foreign host country.
Discuss the comparative advantages for the firm to operate in the host country.
What were the environmental issues facing the firm, host community, and/or workers?
How was the issue resolved?
How did the resolution affect the short and long run costs of the firm?
What are the lessons to be learned that can be applied to your position at Acme Motors in Nuevo Laredo?

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Does free trade encourage pollution as corporations build factories and plants in countries with more lenient air and water pollution controls? Or does it encourage higher standards, as better controls and higher standards are brought in with the growing corporations?

In my opinion, free trade encourage higher standards, as better controls and higher standards are brought in with the growing corporations. I fully agree with these lines as well:

" Multinational corporations are sometimes at the leading edge of lean production techniques and new ways of working with the community. Transfer of these approaches through foreign direct investment by the multinationals can be a critical pathway for developing countries to acquire these essential building blocks for sustainable industrialization. Today's dominant industrial paradigm - lean production - tends to minimize raw material needs by reducing waste and unwanted stock, and it is associated with participation and individual responsibility of workers and host communities throughout the chain of production ".

Here are my thoughts in favor of this argument:

Due to the virtue of trade liberalization and free trade only that more and more corporations and countries around the globe are sparing thoughts and resources about environmental protection. For example, several US multinational companies like Gap Inc., Altria etc. are very strict about their sourcing and manufacturing policies in countries which act as their sourcing or manufacturing centres. They maintain strict standards in evaluating a vendor, supplier or manufacturing unit with respect to enviromental factors and compliances. Another siginificant effect of globalization towards promoting environmental friendly policies is the development of carbon trading or popularly known as the new international currency: "Carbon credits". Carbon credits is encouraging corporations to reduce their emmision via use of alternative sources of energy and replace polluting fuels like diesel. Trade liberalization policies have actually given support to developing and poor countries in the form of financial support and technology support to initiate environment protection plans and policies.

Trade liberalization has led to increased trade among countries in products, that are not only environment friendly, but are produced from resources in countries where they are in abundance. This means that optimum ...

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Does free trade encourage pollution

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