Sustainable consumption

Sustainability means better livelihoods

ERM helps organizations balance profitable growth with sustainable growth by helping them transform their operations and products to deliver better outcomes while mitigating the risks associated with environmental and social issues.

We work with companies to reduce waste and use less energy and water, without compromising – and in fact generating – business value.

Smarter use of the planet’s resources 

Across the life cycle of assets and products, ERM provides services so our clients can be successful while making smarter use of the planet’s resources.

ERM has supported businesses globally with their major capital projects for more than 40 years. Our goal is to enable our clients to secure financing, obtain host country approvals, drive social performance and to construct, operate and retire their projects sustainably, on schedule, and on budget. In the face of critical sustainability challenges, our clients rely on our ability to assist them in functioning more effectively and sustainably.

Assessing impacts across the product life cycle

Given the pressures of the growing middle classes on society and the planet, there is growing demand for innovative products and services to address complex issues such as climate change, access to water and plastics in the environment. Yet even “green” decisions bring with them complex consequences across the product life cycle.

Through life cycle assessment (LCA) studies, ERM can assist clients in early identification of risks and opportunities in their operations and maximize business value. LCAs can be done across the full value chain of operations (cradle-to-grave), from the production and processing of raw materials, through manufacture, use, reuse and end of life. Issues commonly appraised include carbon, resource, water, and toxicity footprints. Increasingly, social metrics such as human rights, health and safety are also considered in these studies.

LCA studies can inform decisions on cost reductions, reduce business risks, enhance a company’s or product’s reputation, improve environmental management and procurement, enable credible environmental claims and product declarations, and support development of sustainable products and services.

Protecting brands through product stewardship

ERM helps companies create business value through sustainable product design; procurement and raw material management; clear understanding of health and environmental impacts in the manufacture, use and disposal of products; and effective engagement with customers, consumers and other stakeholders.

We work with companies to address gaps in product stewardship that can result in product impoundment or recall, which can disrupt supply chains, increase costs, and damage brand and reputation. We aim to identify and mitigate these risks while looking beyond them to support product innovation and brand differentiators that have the potential to contribute to the bottom line.

Integrating sustainability across the supply chain

Focusing on a company’s sustainability impacts is a priority for efficiency, cost savings and revenue growth. Yet the impacts of any organization’s supply chain can be significantly greater than its direct impacts. A less robust supplier engagement program can leave businesses open to environmental, financial, regulatory and reputational risks and liabilities, and potential interruption to business-critical supply chain processes. There are also missed opportunities to leverage efficiencies from a high-performing and more sustainable supply chain.

ERM works with the manufacturers of consumer goods to identify, measure and mitigate their environmental and social impacts. We support our clients in addressing the challenges of sustainability across their supply chains, helping them to improve compliance with regulations and industry standards while meeting the needs of consumers, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

Innovative solutions to water management

Water availability and quality is a growing global challenge for many organizations as they struggle to meet regulatory requirements, stem rising costs, reduce impacts and ensure business sustainability.

In addition to helping companies meet regulatory requirements, ERM helps clients ensure the quality and longevity of water resources for both their own needs and those of the wider community. We apply a deep understanding of water issues to help companies improve operations, reduce water use, control costs and ensure compliance.

By taking a strategic approach to water management, organizations can ensure continuity of operations in the face of supply challenges, and safeguard reputation and competitive advantage.

ERM’s thought leadership on water-related issues includes identifying trends and opportunities for collaborative projects that lead to tangible societal benefit. We are involved in developing tools, delivering technical presentations and organizing panels that help companies improve their understanding of water risk and responsible water stewardship.

Protecting people’s lives through safety transformation

Managing health and safety is a core responsibility for every organization. ERM helps companies address safety challenges, delivering immediate reductions in risk and sustained improvements in safety performance.

Combining technical expertise in risk, process and occupational safety, human factors, and information systems, with a focus on leadership, culture and behaviors, we work with clients to achieve the full benefit of their safety investment – safeguarding lives, assets and reputation.

ERM works with industry and multi-stakeholder organizations to provide pragmatic and actionable guidance for addressing sustainable development. Increasingly, this involves implementing the SDGs either as standalone programs or integrated into the core business of the company. Given that human factors can be optimized to enhance safety, increase productivity and reduce human error, they play a significant role in achieving each of the SDGs through the formation of effective systems to support human performance and behavioral change.

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