environment? How far does the thinking extend that there are a lot of developments in terms of pesticides, herbicides, and other products?
In her response, Dr. Jensen said the thinking does extend beyond the company. There is clearly a very focused effort on the subject of sustainable development. As new products are being developed, there is a tremendous sensitivity to what the ultimate outcome of these products will be.
Debbie Elcock, of Argonne National Laboratory, commented that waste and water reduction goals were set prior to the establishment of the EOB and asked what the driver was at that point, because it did not sound as though it was necessarily tied to profits.
Dr. Jensen replied that the goals were set in the early to mid-1990s before the establishment of the EOB and that they were not tied to profits, but to a sense of social responsibility. Once a company gets to be fairly large such as Dow, a lot of attention can be drawn to its environmentally related activities. It was originally set up to be sensitive to important issues and drive the organization to take action. The opportunity to look at someplace where one can actually save money and do something smart is a very high priority.