Sustainability Report 2015


People profiles

A full spectrum of services for the chemical sector

Jennifer Whitney
Holland, Michigan, US

What first attracted me to ERM was the company's commitment to grow sectors and clients around the full spectrum of sustainability services.

I joined the company in 2014 to lead the Chemical Sector for ERM. Since then, my team has been recruiting people and growing ERM's capabilities to serve our chemical clients across their entire value chain.

There are several economic forces at work that make the chemical sector an interesting focus for us. The expansion of the middle class is creating demand for consumer products in emerging markets. Increasing regulatory pressure is driving global chemical registration requirements. Low fuel and petroleum feedstock prices are spurring profit growth and expansion. Private equity is inducing merger, divestiture and acquisition activity. And, global population growth and food demand are creating new markets for agrichemicals.

ERM is partnering with clients across their entire delivery chain to bring integrated solutions to the challenges they face in the context of current market drivers. I see this reflected in recent projects focused on product sustainability; transaction services, including post-merger integration (or support following a spin-off); operating assets and new capital project support (especially risk and safety services); and liability portfolio management/asset retirement. In order to bring the highest value to our Chemical Sector clients, we are growing organically, as well as embarking on acquisitions to ensure we can bring the best integrated solutions. ERM's acquisition this year of ReachCentrum is a great example of how we are meeting very specific needs around services, client types and geographies.

We look forward to continuing to partner with our clients to bring sustainable solutions to the challenges they face so that they can focus on bringing products to the market that change the way that we live.