Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Looking Beyond Compliance

Manish Asarkar , Legal & Compliance Head- India , Black & Veatch -India , India

Generally in India (with few respectable exceptions) EHS is looked at as an item of checking the box i.e. a matter of formality to be followed primarily due to the corporate policy requirement, OSHA, ISO requirement or compliance of the applicable local laws and due to many other reasons as discussed below. Intention many a times is to comply in letter and it is more of a reactive in nature viz-a- viz following in spirit and a proactive. This happens due to lack of awareness of criticality of EHS, cultural issues, to some extent due to government & regulatory environment and many times due to lack of top down approach by the management. Management of many companies sees EHS as a cost and not an integral part of its operation. Companies never understands that EHS being such an important or vital function which has an ability to give a competitive edge to a company over its competitors, peers and hence worth to be called as its core value and to be worked upon.

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India Environment Utility August 2017 Vol.10, No. 40, Summer 2017

Manish Asarkar

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Broad legal background with more than 20 years + experience which includes working with a leading Indian and multinational organizations like, Geoffrey Manners, Raymond, Siemens, United Technologies, Schneider Electric, Black & Veatch and function wise exposure of Compliance-interpretations & compliance of acts, circulars, guidelines, Ethics and business practice, Litigations- civil, criminal, IPR, indirect tax matters, Transactions JVs, acquisitions, integration, outsourcing, restructuring, Contracts / Tenders / Bid reviews, Agreements drafting / vetting, Secretarial- Corporate Governance, compliance, Business Practice, Risk review & mitigation etc. A persuasive, focused and committed individual with business centric approach, possessing strong negotiating skills, oral & written communication skills and lego-commercial approach. Demonstrated experience in managing outside counsel in litigation matters in several cases. Resourceful with the ability to access all sort of legal issues to adequately protect the interest of corporate & producing professional results while adhering to rigid deadlines without compromising quality.

Black & Veatch -India

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Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management.

India Environment Utility August 2017 Vol.10, No. 40, Summer 2017

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