HSE personnel often encounter local regulatory officials during audits and inspections. In many cases, the local HSE personnel will be responsible for obtaining safety and environmental permits and licenses and addressing issues identified during inspections. Sometimes companies will make payments to these regulatory officials to obtain the permits, licenses, and to avoid inspection violations.
In both the mining and energy sectors, environmental assessments and safety inspections can take a long time and be very disruptive to business. Companies often will engage “consultants” to pay or otherwise bribe the local regulatory officials – who often make very little from their government salaries – to obtain the necessary environmental assessment and permits and avoid any safety inspection issues that would disrupt the company’s operations. If current or former HSE personnel learn of payments being made to obtain environmental assessments, permits, licenses, or to avoid violations, they should feel free to email me at email@example.com, as this could be valuable information. For more information and details about how the reward program applies to FCPA whistleblowers, please click here.