The Ruffin Series of the Society for Business Ethics

Volume 2, 2000

Environmental Challenges to Business

Lee E. Preston
Pages 205-218

Global Economy/Global Environment
Relationships and Regimes

The purpose of this paper is to set the stage by presenting a sketch of the global economic setting within which the environmental issues, which are our main concerns here, have arisen. It is important to note that this is also the setting within which any human, social and technological responses to these issues and concerns win have to be developed and implemented. There is no use thinking about arrangements that will work only in some other world. This world-the Planet Earth, with all its demographic, physical and climatological characteristics—is the only one we have to work with.