She protects the environment, she cares for the health and safety of employees, she is the Vedanta guardian in residence
Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu
Sumathi completed her Electrical & Electronics engineering from NIT, Trichy in 1997. Fresh out of college, she joined Vedanta group as a Graduate Engineer Trainee (GET) with Sterlite Copper's Electrical Department.
I have been with Vedanta since the beginning of my career. In a short period of time, I believe I have come a long way from being a GET to being appointed as the General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment. Along the way, I have helped the organisation become ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OSHAS 1800 certified and compliant.
Today I feel proud of having had the opportunity to put my best foot forward and contribute towards the sustainability journey of the company in addition to the many challenging roles that have come my way.
I have had the honour of being an active member of the team that worked towards bringing down the sulphur dioxide emission levels to better than international standards and also improving sulphur recovery in our state-of- art Thoothukudi smelter.
For Sumathi, with her combination of technical acumen and determined work ethic, awards were never out of reach. The CII - ITC Sustainability Award Commendation Certificate and the CII - Best Environment Management Practices award, are just a few of the many feathers in her cap.