To recognise environmental management as among the highest corporate priorities and a key determinant to sustainable development; to establish policies, programmes and practices for conducting operations in an environmentally sound manner.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Business Charter for Sustainable Development provides a basic framework of reference for action by individual corporations and business organisations throughout the world. It has been recognised as a complement to environmental management systems. To this end, the ICC, the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) have developed a kit to help enterprises integrate environmental management systems in the daily management practices.
2. Rules on process and production methods must be reexamined at the WTO to promote sustainable commerce. WTO rules have, in the past, been interpreted to prevent governments from regulating imports that are produced in a way that would negatively impact the environment, animal welfare, human rights and sustainable development.