World Environment Day at ONGC Videsh

World Environment Day was observed under the aegis of United Nations Environment Programme on the theme ‘Go Wild for Life’ to raise awareness towards illegal wildlife trade and environment and to take positive actions to protect the planet Earth.

Employees and families of ONGC Videsh participated with enthusiasm in various competitions surpassing the previous record, indicating increasing awareness and commitment towards the environment. Awareness drive was carried out by HSE Group for one week on various topics related to the environment.

Mr. Narendra K. Verma, MD & CEO through his message to employees asked their individual commitment not only to change themselves, but also to encourage other people to change their habits and behavior, so that demand for illegal wildlife products falls, which can bring about a sea-change in attitudes and policies toward both the trade and its products. Our E&P activities should be damage-neutral to wildlife and promote biodiversity through sustained efforts, he said.

World environment day was celebrated on 6th June at ONGC Videsh office chaired by Mr. P K Rao, Director (Operations) and graced by Mr. Sudhir Sharma, Director (Exploration), Mr. Vivekanand, OSD, Regional Presidents, and Heads.


A video presentation ‘Biodiversity is US’ depicting importance of biodiversity and how it is getting affected by human negligence and activities and what we can do to protect it, evoked a great response from the jam-packed house. To arouse awareness, spot quiz was also conducted generating a good response.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vivekananda, OSD emphasized the importance of biodiversity and environment for ONGC Videsh, which is operating overseas in 17 countries. Mr. Sudhir Sharma, Director (Exploration) implored all to spread awareness in the society and find meaningful solutions.

Mr. P K Rao Director (Operations) touched upon illegal wildlife trade and various measures being taken in our overseas operations for environment protection like cluster drilling, zero waste discharge, phytoremediation etc. He exhorted all to observe highest standards of HSE in international operations.

Focusing on the Government initiative on khadi, khadi memorabilia has been distributed and organic products were given away as prizes.

The celebrations concluded with a commitment to protect the wildlife and the environment.