Ajay Sachdeva, CPEA, AcSAP, received an ASSP President's Award in 2015 and is the author of “ODS Phase Out: A Guide for Industry,” a joint publication of the Confederation of Indian Industry and Asia Pacific Center for Transfer of Technology. An EHSS entrepreneur, serving customers from Asia, Europe and North America, Ajay has volunteered to work dedicatedly for the establishment and growth of ASSP. The most experienced RC 14001 auditor outside the U.S. and an avid trainer, he was instrumental in the launch of three chapters across India within a span of one week in Feb 2015. He acted as elections and nominations chair for organizing elections for these three chapters, namely, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, in 2016 in consonance with ASSP procedures. He supported ASSP's global region and represented it at the 5th Annual HSE Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Forum in Kuala Lumpur and the Global HSE Conference in New Delhi. He helped establish and launch the ASSP-DL Shah Trust Awards in India. He led webinars on ISO 45001 in September 2018 and on environment and social governance considerations in financial investments in July 2015. He delivered programs on EHS regulations for ASSP members and prospective members at the local level. His article on RC 14001 was published in World Focus in 2015. He was the chair and almost single-handedly led the team to organize the first ASSP PDC delivered collectively by local chapters in Hyderabad, India, in February 2017. He acted as area director for Area 3 under Region IX till June 2018.
Having worked across five continents and 15 countries, I understand differences in ideologies and cultures. Positivity, inclusivity and perseverance for driving change helped me take my environment health safety and sustainability start-up to more than five countries within a span of five years. I have served ASSP with the same rigor, helping the Society grow exponentially and establish its footprint in India and south Asia. I was instrumental in launch of three chapters within a span of one week in February 2015 that is a record in ASSP history. I served as area director for Area 3 under Region IX and helped the team achieve one of the highest growth rates among ASSP membership.
If elected, I promise to work on the following priorities. I feel a lot can be done to improve on the inclusivity of various global and regional interest groups in ASSP and enhance the diversity. This can be done by fostering partnership with various local, regional, sectoral and subject-specific interest groups. I propose to take up the proposal to develop a diversity index and work to improve on the same so that the Society has a truly global representation. Another area for improvement appears to be driving a value perception to Society members. I vow to work with the leadership teams to speed up the development of new products that have started flowing in the last couple of years and also to drive them in a cost-effective manner to the global OSH community. While good work was done by the current global region leadership team that led the way to reach out to more and more people and conducted several webinars, we can continue on this path and enhance it further.