Multinational corporations are currently confronted with a diverse array of rapidly changing national environmental policies. This article identifies a number of trends in environmental policy around the world and assesses their significance for MNC product, project, environmental affairs, and strategic planning. National environmental policies are seen as becoming better integrated with other resource and social policies, predominantly "preventive" in their emphasis, focused on the impacts of products in their entire life cycles, catalyzed through the efforts of supranational organizations, and diffused more rapidly and widely across borders. These trends call for significant changes in the way MNCs plan their new products and plants, organize environmental management, and design global strategies.
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