Examining the environmental activities of suppliers is an important part of a corporate environmental management program
. Home Depot, the largest company in the home building and improvement industry, requires that any of its 5,000 suppliers making an environmental claim be certified by an independent company, Scientific Certification Systems, as to the accuracy of this claim (Lober and Eisen, 1995).
Just over a year ago, a group of 19 companies formed the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI), an organization whose primary goal is to foster an exchange of the knowledge gained from existing corporate environmental management programs
. GEMI worked with the International Chamber of Commerce in its development of the Charter for Sustainable Development and strongly urges continued corporate leadership on the subject of environmental management.