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WSP’s Environmental Team is Recognized with Industry Award

WSP USA is pleased to announce that it was chosen to receive an award for Business Achievement: Information Technology from the Environmental Business Journal® (EBJ). The EBJ is a distinguished business research publication which provides high value strategic business intelligence to the environmental industry. The EBJ will be honoring 41 companies for revenue growth, acquisitions, innovative project designs, technology applications, new practice areas, social contributions and industry leadership in 2013 at the Environmental Industry Summit XII in San Diego, Calif. on March 12-14, 2014.


The submission that received the Business Achievement award showcases WSP’s development of tools to facilitate compliance with the new "conflict minerals" requirements in the United States. In August 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its final rule implementing Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act - the Conflict Minerals Law requiring U.S. publicly traded companies to investigate and report annually on whether their products contain tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold mined in countries that suffer from ongoing political unrest and violence. To support clients in complying with the new rule, WSP developed a comprehensive program of services to provide end-to-end conflict-minerals support, including strategy development, country-of-origin inquiries, risk assessment, due diligence, and SEC reporting. To further assist clients, WSP's Product Compliance Module (PCM), a web-based proprietary digital solution, was quickly adapted to collect and manage information from clients' supply chains that is required to complete the SEC "Form SD" and Conflict Minerals Report. 

Commenting on the award, USA Director of Environmental, Jan Chizzonite, said: “We are delighted to be recognized for our commitment to important environmental and sustainability practices that have global reach. The award demonstrates how quickly WSP responds to the changing regulatory environment and adapts our service offerings to fully support our clients. I am honored to lead a group of individuals with the talent, depth, and capabilities to support our clients, address important social issues, and continually contribute to the overall success of our organization.” 

Please visit the EBJ Business Achievement Award Winners website to read the complete 2013 award achievement write-ups. The 2013 EBJ awards will be presented at a special ceremony at the Environmental Industry Summit XII in San Diego, Calif. on March 12-14, 2014. The Environmental Industry Summit is an annual three-day executive retreat hosted by EBI Inc.

In addition to the Business Achievement award, WSP’s Amy Couch Schultz, a vice president and Environmental QA officer, spoke to EBJ about trends in product compliance which was featured in EBJ’s Executive Review and 2013 EBJ Business Achievement Awards issue. In the article, Ms. Couch Schultz elaborates on trends that manufacturers are facing around the world in the area of product environmental compliance, laws and regulations that are having the greatest impact on companies’ operations today, and emerging legal and regulatory issues that organizations should have on their planning horizons.

Ms. Couch Schultz along with Tord Dennis, WSP practice leader for product and supply chain, will be hosting a one hour webinar on Wednesday, April 2nd at noon EDT on Conflict Minerals Reporting. The webinar will discuss what organizations must do to be in compliance with the May 31st deadline for Conflict Minerals reporting as well as presenting best practices to help you jumpstart a process to meet the current filing requirements and begin making plans for the 2014 season. Click to learn more and register for the webinar.   

* Environmental Business Journal provides strategic information and market forecasts for executives involved in 14 business segments, including environmental remediation, water & wastewater, air pollution control, environmental consulting & engineering, hazardous waste, instrumentation, pollution control equipment, waste management, resource recovery, and solid waste management.