The United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, designed to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
The 17 goals reside within the key document, Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and reaching these goals will take everyone’s contribution - including government, civil society and business.
ERM has been involved with the SDGs since the start of their development in 2012. We contribute to the SDGs in three ways:
Through our work for clients
We are working with our clients and leading organizations – with the SDGs as a framework – to address sustainable development. We are strengthening our capability in this area through the recent acquisitions of BrownFlynn and SustainAbility – two organizations that have been working with the SDGs with clients and through research and published insights.
In our operations
ERM strives to operate in a sustainable manner that supports the SDGs. We have adopted several policies and programs that directly contribute to the goals, as do our sustainability targets and goals. Of particular note, we have adopted ambitious Science Based Targets and have joined the act4nature biodiversity initiative. ERM participates in SDG panels at leading conferences and convened SDG workshops and webinars with companies across geographies and sectors sharing our own experiences of contributing to the SDGs.
With the ERM Foundation
The ERM Foundation is committed to making a measurable contribution to the SDGs. These Global Goals provide a framework for us to measure and report on the contributions we are making to the global sustainable development agenda. We have prioritized nine intersecting SDGs that align with our focus areas.