Public want punishment for polluting firms' executives

UK business executives are lagging behind public perceptions of the gravity of environmental "crimes", according to an opinion survey by consultants Arthur D Little (ADL).1 A large majority of the public want executives held personally liable for environmental offences by their businesses.

ADL's survey was based on interviews with 1,036 members of the public and 416 executives. The results show that causing environmental damage is rated as a serious crime by 83% of the public - ranking just behind the misuse of pension funds (86%), but ahead of breaches of health and safety laws (80%), insider dealing (48%) and price fixing (45%) on the gravity scale.

For executives, on the other hand, environmental damage was fourth on the

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