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The view from above: The critical role of Board oversight for HSE in post-merger integration

Despite the best intentions, boards often wind up overlooking HSE issues in the heat of merger planning. Quite simply, the importance of HSE issues in post-merger integration can be deceiving. The direct synergies gained from HSE during the merger are small relative to those in other divisions such as finance and operations. What’s more, HSE concerns typically are not seen as having a significant impact on revenue or the price of the deal. Rarely are closings delayed because of HSE issues.

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Business Challenge: To design an Environmental and Social Management System for Braskem-Idesa that would properly identify and overcome issues in a proactive and preventative manner

Braskem-Idesa Etileno XXI Project is a Major Capital Project promoted by the Mexican-Brazilian joint-venture of Braskem-Idesa, consisting in the construction and operation of a polyethylene plant in Veracruz, Mexico. With an investment of more than $4.5 billion USD, Braskem-Idesa represents the largest petrochemical investment for the last decade in Latin America and for over 30 years in Mexico.