We support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, and we undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility and encourage the development of environmentally responsible technologies and products.
ERM maintains a global Environmental Management System (EMS) that meets the requirements of ISO14001. The scope of our global EMS covers the activities and operations that occur within ERM offices and in field locations where we have a role or stake in health, safety and environmental (HSE) management. In particular, the system manages concerns stemming from ERM’s core consulting services and operation of multiple offices in various locations, as well as the dynamic requirements for the wide variety of projects conducted for our clients. In some Business Units, ERM has obtained third-party certification for the EMS.
Decarbonization is an economic, environmental and social necessity. ERM is responding to this driver of change by evolving how we respond to client needs, run our own business and collaborate with other organizations. We have set a number of targets that reflect our focus on these elements of decarbonization. Learn more our commitments and efforts to reduce our direct and indirect impacts on climate change.
Our most significant contribution in helping combat climate change is through our work with clients, including with some of the most carbon-intensive industries, as they transition to a lower-carbon future. ERM’s approach is centered on developing an understanding of the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to a business and developing pragmatic programs to manage and mitigate those risks and respond to the opportunities. Developing and executing a plan that not only manages risk but also identifies the new business opportunities created by decarbonization requires a unique combination of strategy, business acumen, and deep energy, climate, environmental and social policy expertise. Through our guidance, businesses are making a shift in their policies, products and performance not least because corporate climate action is becoming a precondition for financial investment.
Nature and biodiversity
The quality of life on Earth depends on thriving, diverse and complex ecological systems. As a growing body of evidence and global initiatives highlight the seriousness of nature and biodiversity decline, it is essential for companies to implement measures to help reverse this trend and become nature positive.
ERM is committed to doing our part to halt and reverse nature loss. ERM announced an important new set of commitments on biodiversity with act4nature international. These public commitments will drive action across our work with clients, our own operations, employee engagement, and external engagements, including the ERM Foundation. In addition, we have set a longer-term goal to achieve nature-positive status by the end of FY26.
ERM joined over 60 companies worldwide, representing a total asset of $1.4 trillion dollars, as new signatories to the Sustainable Oceans Principles. An initiative of the UN Global Compact, this set of core principles provides a framework for a healthy and productive ocean. Since adopting the principles, ERM has been working to integrate the requirements into our processes, recognizing the urgency and global importance of healthy, sustainable oceans.
Clients engage ERM to understand the nature-related impacts, risks and dependencies of their operations, including their supply chains and products; develop strategies and solutions to minimize adverse impacts and maximize opportunities to benefit nature; inform key decisions to ensure compliance with relevant standards; and provide strategic advice regarding project development.