Environmental Principles

Emerson’s commitment to the environment is outlined in 10 principles that define our philosophy and the practices we demand of ourselves to ensure that we conduct ourselves in an environmentally responsible manner. These principles have been translated into numerous languages and are posted in Emerson facilities throughout the world. Our guiding principles are:

  1. Emerson is guided by a belief that all corporations have a responsibility for the environment. This belief is reflected in a commitment by the Company to avoid creating unacceptable risks to the environment. This commitment is an integral part of the Company’s management process and benefits the Company’s shareholders and employees, as well as the communities in which the Company operates.
  2. The policy of the Company is to not only comply with all applicable laws and regulations but also reduce and, where possible, eliminate hazardous waste through source reduction and recycling. All wastes will be handled and disposed of through safe and responsible methods.
  3. The Company will minimize the environmental, health, and safety risks to its employees and the communities in which it operates through safe technologies, facilities, and operating procedures and by being prepared for emergencies. The Company will encourage all of its employees to be alert to such risks and to report them promptly to management so that appropriate remedial measures may be taken.
  4. The Company will conserve energy and work to improve the efficiency of the products it manufactures and of its own internal operations.
  5. The primary responsibility for implementing the Company’s environmental principles rests with the Company’s division presidents. The Corporate Environmental Affairs Department shall assist the division presidents in this endeavor.
  6. The Company will conduct regular training programs for the environmental managers of the Company’s sites, particularly manufacturing operations. The programs will address such matters as changes in relevant laws and regulations, pollution-prevention and waste-minimization practices, and technological developments.
  7. The Company’s operations will be periodically audited to determine compliance with this policy.
  8. The Company’s General Counsel is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Company’s environmental principles and policy, and will periodically report to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
  9. The Company will seriously consider and reasonably cooperate with government agencies in voluntary waste-reduction and energy-conservation programs supporting responsible environmental stewardship and wise use of natural resources.
  10. The management of the Company will strive to protect the investment of the Company’s shareholders by reducing the Company’s potential environmental liability, as well as altering its manufacturing operations to minimize waste generation and conserve energy, thereby saving costs.
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