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Cops of the global village

Author: Marc Gunther, Fortune, Published on: 27 June 2005

What we're seeing here are local standards that have worldwide impact...It can be frustrating (not to mention costly) to comply with tough European Union regs, but it's bad business for multinationals to make things that won't sell across the global economy--so companies tend to cleave to the highest regulatory standards and consumer expectations no matter where they arise. [refers to Zara (part of Inditex), Carrefour, General Electric, Intel, Xerox, Motorola, Nike, Gap, Boeing, Airbus, General Motors, Volkswagen, BASF, Spectrum Sweater, DuPont, Patagonia, Dell, IBM, Hewlett-Packard]

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Related companies: Airbus BASF Boeing Carrefour Dell DuPont Gap General Electric General Motors HP (Hewlett-Packard) IBM Inditex Intel Motorola Nike Volkswagen Xerox Zara (part of Inditex)