Fresh water is becoming a scarce resource in the United States and across the globe as demand continues to rise due to population and business growth. This emergent scarcity means businesses will face more consequences of the complex regulatory and legal frameworks governing water use and water quality.
Michael Best’s Water team understands those issues. We guide clients through the heavily regulated, politically sensitive environment surrounding the management of, investment in, and development of water resources.
From artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and cryptocurrency, the rapid evolution of technology shows no sign of slowing down. Companies in the digital technology sector are among the world’s most highly valued companies, with good reason. And businesses in every sector now use digital technology in all kinds of ways, from basic email to sophisticated data analytics.
All businesses have to comply with government regulations—some more so than others. Our Regulatory practice is designed to serve clients in heavily regulated industries, such as manufacturing and utility services, as well as across various industries in regulated areas that impact business as a whole, such as environmental regulation.
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Water stress poses one of the greatest risks to the economy. The World Economic Forum ranks water crises, and several other water-related risk factors, among the global risks of highest concern for doing business.
All business sectors – industry, agriculture and commercial – face water-related risks which can include operational and supplier disruptions, increased costs, threats to their social license to operate and brand damage. Since water-related risks are material to direct operations and supply chains, your bottom-line may be impacted.
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is the custodian of the International Water Stewardship Standard ("AWS Standard") that defines a set of criteria and indicators for how water should be managed at a site in a way that is environmentally, socially, and economically beneficial.
Major processors including General Mills, Nestle, and Danone are encouraging and supporting uptake of the Standard within their direct operations and in partnership with suppliers and peer companies.
Leah takes a big-picture approach in advising clients as they face challenges on environmental, food safety and regulatory compliance issues. She draws on experience gained in cases involving the EPA, FDA and other public agencies. Leah’s success as a counselor, litigator and negotiator reflects her combination of subject matter expertise, industry knowledge and creativity.
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