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Did you know…
…that in the past year, Enhesa tracked over 143 new laws and regulations that were adopted to strengthen enforcement provisions of environmental law around the globe? Did you know that the number of enforcement actions in the last five years has quadrupled?
The growth of EHS regulation worldwide has created a compelling story about how countries are getting serious about environmental, health and safety issues. However, the true significance for multinational companies is the extent to which those regulations are enforced.
Enforcement actions come in many forms: civil and criminal penalties, revoked permits, heavy fines, forced shut-downs, product withdrawals and more. The bottom line is that any form of enforcement action is likely to be bad for business.
As an EHS Manager or Corporate EHS Executive, you’re not only challenged with managing what’s required from you, but you must also take into account the heightening risks of myriad enforcement practices around the world. This can seem daunting but as our guest speakers will explain, it is far from impossible.
To better understand how to navigate the global enforcement climate, Enhesa brings together Baxter and General Electric, two market leading multinationals to share their best practices in managing the risk of EHS enforcement activities.
- the various ways in which EHS laws and regulations are enforced, including “unofficial” enforcement
- the growth of enforcement cases worldwide
- where EHS Managers should expect to see more enforcement risk
- Special Guest, Mike Cycyota, on Baxter Healthcare’s approach to EHS compliance and what propelled them to get serious about the risks
- Special Guest, Bruce Adler, on the evolution of GE’s Global EHS program and their move to a more risk-driven model
GUEST SPEAKER BIO
Senior EHS Counsel, General Electric
As Senior EHS Counsel for GE’s corporate environmental programs, Bruce is responsible for significant enforcement and legal issues pertaining to environment, health, and safety across the company.
Bruce served as an associate professor of environmental law at New York Law School and has testified before Congress on environmental issues. He was also a Vice Chair of the ABA SONREEL Hazardous Waste Committee.
He received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from George Washington University in 1976, and his J.D. degree from New York Law School in 1979. He has worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council (an environmental public interest law firm), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region II office in New York City, and was Environmental Counsel for Union Carbide Company in Danbury, CT.
In 1991 he joined General Electric, taking on the position of Senior EHS Counsel, with responsibility for GE’s overal EHS compliance assurance program. He has served as the chairperson of the American Chemistry Council’s Enforcement Task Group and has testified before Congress on environmental enforcement issues. He has also published articles on environmental law and enforcement.
GUEST SPEAKER BIO
Director – Ethics & Compliance / Law – EHS Audits, Baxter
Mike has been the Director of Corporate EHS Audits at Baxter International Inc. since 1994. He also has responsibility for globally coordinating Baxter’s certification program to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
Prior to joining the corporate team, Mike was the environmental engineer for Baxter’s Medication Delivery Division from 1990 to 1994. Baxter is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of health-care products with annual sales in excess of $11 billion. They have manufacturing facilities in almost 30 different countries and around 48,000 employees.
Mike graduated in 1975 from the University of Illinois, Champaign, with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering in 1976, from the same school. He is a CPEA under BEAC, a certified environmental auditor under IEMA and a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin.