ERM, the world’s largest pure play sustainability consultancy, has been named as a leader in the ESG & Sustainability Consultancy industry, according to new independent research.

The Verdantix Green Quadrant: ESG & Sustainability Consulting 2022 report is based on a comprehensive assessment of ERM’s services, extensive briefings with ERM experts and in-depth customer interviews conducted by Verdantix analysts. It benchmarks leading industry firms according to 15 different capability criteria.

In terms of headline strengths, ERM scored highest in the sustainability-led operational resource transformations category, with the report calling out ERM’s ‘depth in industry and service expertise’ - underlining the firm’s boots to boardroom value proposition of strategic insight combined with technical excellence.

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) ESG due diligence was also identified as a market leading strength with extensive capabilities across the M&A lifecycle. Furthermore, ERM ranks in the top 3 for the environment and resource management category, with Verdantix highlighting ERM’s ‘in-house capabilities to calculate resource consumption and provide actionable management advice for improvement’ across energy, waste and water.

The report also identifies specific strengths in digital innovation, highlighting the recent launch of new product ERM ESG Fusion, which outlines ESG risks in private market investment decision making processes. Earlier in December 2021, ERM also announced the acquisition of AI and data science specialist Opex, which utilizes analytics to help carbon-intensive industries reduce their emissions, signalling the continued growth of the company’s digital services.

Welcoming the report, Sabine Hoefnagel, Global Director of Services, Brand and Communications at ERM, said “The Verdantix Green Quadrant Study confirms ERM’s position as a market leader and the partner of choice for organizations looking to operationalize sustainability through deep ESG and digital expertise. We’re delighted to have performed so strongly and look forward to continuing our growth as we deliver on our purpose to shape a sustainable future with the world’s leading organizations.”