Jim Molidor

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Norton, Curtis L.

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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Department of Accountancy


The 1990's are destined to be called the environmental decade. Environmental regulations have increased dramatically over the last 15 years, and that has had a tremendous impact on the business community. Companies and organizations are dealing with environmental issues in a variety of different ways. This paper will look at two unique approaches. The first approach will study the environment as it is dealt with in the public accounting profession. Public Accounting firms address environmental issues in order to serve their clients and for the purpose of making a profit. The second organization that this study will focus upon is the Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy is an environmental organization that uses business techniques. The Nature Conservancy works with altruistic motives. After analyzing each approach, I will evaluate each method and give my opinion on which method is more beneficial to the environment. I will try to answer the following question: is the environment better served by businesses addressing environmental issues or by environmental organizations that use business methods? As far as I know, there is no literature addressing this question. I feel that this is an important question to ask because it sets the tone for the way environmental issues will be handled for decades to come.


70 pages




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