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Ch 19: Environmental Issues in Business

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons to learn about environmental issues in the business world, including ethics, legislation and regulations. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these business topics.

Environmental Issues in Business - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Instructors who teach the lessons in this chapter address environmental concerns that affect the business world. The lessons provide an overview of environmental ethics and regulation and emphasize sustainable development and the methods organizations need to follow to become ecologically sustainable. Common terms associated with pollution and its impact on the economy are introduced as are different regulatory approaches that are used to control pollution. A discussion on practices that businesses can employ to manage environmental issues is also included. After you've finished viewing the lessons in this chapter, you'll be familiar with:

  • Impact of human values on environmental issues
  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Global businesses' role in reducing ecological damage
  • Marginal cost of pollution
  • Threats to the ecosystem

Video Objectives
Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems Defines each of these concepts. Examines how these concepts affect our ability to understand and resolve sustainability issues.
What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline Provides a timeline of events leading up to the introduction of environmental legislation in the U.S. Defines the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and explains why it is the cornerstone of environmental law. Lists other environmental acts that followed NEPA.
The Costs and Benefits of Environmental Regulation Assesses the various costs associated with environmental regulation. Lists and describes the benefits of regulation.
Sustainable Development: Definition, Obstacles & Future Impact Defines sustainable development. Highlights the obstacles associated with developing the world's economy to take care of present-day needs without hurting future generations.
The Stages of Becoming an Ecologically Sustainable Organization Depicts an ecologically sustainable organization and describes the stages that firms progress through en route to becoming more sustainable. Presents steps the global business community can take to reduce ecological damage and promote sustainable development.
The Economics of Pollution: Marginal Cost of Pollution & Optimum Amount of Pollution Explores methods used to determine the optimum amount of pollution. Provides an in-depth look at the concepts of marginal cost of pollution, marginal abatement cost and marginal benefit.
Incentive-Based Regulatory Approaches: Environmental Taxes & Tradable Permits Compares and contrasts the different regulatory approaches that are used to control pollution. Looks at specific incentive-based approaches, including environmental taxes, tradable permits and subsidies.
Major Threats to Earth's Ecosystem Lists and describes the many threats that can cause harm to the earth's ecosystem.
Impact & Benefits of Effective Business Management of Environmental Issues Presents ideas on the best ways for businesses to manage environmental issues. Describes how firms can become more competitive by engaging in effective environmental management.

8 Lessons in Chapter 19: Environmental Issues in Business
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems

1. Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems

Environmental ethics take into consideration the moral obligations human beings have concerning the environment. Learn how environmental ethics and human values affect our ability to understand and solve environmental problems.

What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline

2. What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline

Environmental legislation is a collection of many laws and regulations aimed at protecting the environment from harmful actions. Learn about the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental laws.

Costs & Benefits of Environmental Regulation

3. Costs & Benefits of Environmental Regulation

Environmental regulation provides protection to society regarding environmental hazards. Economists continue to debate the costs and benefits of regulation on businesses. This lesson we will examine both some added costs and benefits of regulation and their impact.

Sustainable Development: Definition, Obstacles & Impact

4. Sustainable Development: Definition, Obstacles & Impact

Let's discuss the idea of sustainable development. Then, let's looks at the obstacles involved with developing the world's economy to meet the needs of the present without hurting future generations. After the video, test what you learned through our practice quiz.

Stages of Becoming an Ecologically Sustainable Organization

5. Stages of Becoming an Ecologically Sustainable Organization

The business community has an interest in reducing ecological damage. In this lesson, you will learn the stages through which firms progress as they become more sustainable.

Incentive-Based Regulatory Approaches: Environmental Taxes & Tradable Permits

6. Incentive-Based Regulatory Approaches: Environmental Taxes & Tradable Permits

An incentive-based regulatory approach aims to reduce environmentally-harmful pollutants by offering inducements to polluters who limit their emissions. Learn how environmental taxes and tradable permits are utilized to help protect the environment.

Businesses' Major Threats to Earth's Ecosystem

7. Businesses' Major Threats to Earth's Ecosystem

Businesses are a major threat to the earth's ecosystem. Some businesses are not supporting sustainable development and are causing enormous damage to the earth's ecosystem. Let's take a look at the damage.

Benefits of Effective Environmental Management in Businesses

8. Benefits of Effective Environmental Management in Businesses

Businesses have to determine the best ways to manage environmental issues. In this lesson, we will discuss the benefits of environmental management and how effective environmental management makes firms more competitive.

Chapter Practice Exam
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