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At 10:14 AM 1/29/99 -0500, David Westcott wrote:

>In that email you wrote: 
>"Do they participate in P2/CP information networks". 
>What does the "CP" stand for?

Oops sorry, CP stands for Cleaner Production.  Perhaps many are not aware
of this, but outside of USA and Canada the intellectual discussion about
sustainable business is dominated by the U.N. Industry and Environment
Programme in Paris (www.unepie.org) and by the UN Industrial Development
Organization in Vienna (www.unido.org).  In the early 90s the UN system
settled on "Cleaner Production" as their own term for what N. Americans
call P2.  

Read the official definition of CP at the UNEP IE site, and also be sure to
download their truly great Windows program on CP, which includes worldwide
contacts, a searchable database of over 350 case studies from around the
world, a bibliography of publications, etc.

Other transnational orgs have followed UN lead, so now CP is the "official"
term in use by the World Bank, World Trade Organization, World Biz Council
for Sust Development (actually those guys like to call it "eco-efficiency"
just to drive the UN people crazy), and APEC - Asia/Pacific Economic
Cooperation org.  Most other countries and national/local P2 programs also
call what they do "cleaner production".

I have noticed that most Europeans seem to have decided that they are way
ahead of Americans on regulatory approaches, P2 TA and everything else.
What a surprise!  So what, we got 'em addicted to Big Macs, we win the war.
 But outside N. America the dialogue really is about CP, not "P2", which I
guess is helpful to know if your dialogues are global.

Just to make it more amusing, the Asian Productivity Organization, which
represents NIST-like groups all over Asia, decided that THEY would call it
"Green Productivity"!.  Isn't that special.  Let's all count the terms now
currently in use by various business/environment organizations:

Pollution Prevention
Cleaner Production
Green Productivity
Waste Minimization
Waste Reduction
Toxics Use Reduction
Environmental Management Systems

Quick!  Explain the difference between all of these terms!  You have five

No wonder the small business community is so goddamned confused.  

Burton Hamner
- Adjunct Professor, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines
- President, Hamner Associates, LLC
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