Sustaining growth

Sustainability means better development

Forward-thinking companies are considering the future impacts – both negative and positive – of population growth. They are developing adaptation strategies and designing new products, projects and services that will help the world better cope with a larger and older population with different needs and consumption patterns.

ERM provides organizations with the technical expertise and business acumen to help manage impacts on people and the planet by:

  • Facilitating new market entry through permitting assistance, project financing and meeting environmental and social standards and expectations;
  • Helping clients develop resilient infrastructure more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively;
  • Unlocking business value by improving EHS and social performance while reducing operational risk; and
  • Achieving site closure in a cost-effective manner that is appropriately protective of human health and the environment, and at the same time return sites to productive use wherever possible.

Population growth is a potential opportunity for our clients to challenge traditional approaches to sourcing raw materials, consuming natural resources, manufacturing products and operating key sites.

Building an infrastructure for the future

ERM helps clients keep major capital projects on schedule, on budget and on scope by providing EHS and social insights and expertise throughout the project life cycle, from planning and design to implementation and ongoing management. We work hand-in-hand as part of a cohesive unit with our clients’ development and construction teams, engineering, procurement and other parties to provide a unique focus on sustainability-related issues that are often underestimated. ERM brings business value to infrastructure projects by helping clients avoid delays, gain faster approvals, protect the project’s net present value and improve their license to operate through effective stakeholder engagement.

We work with clients across industry sectors, particularly on complex and often high-profile projects that require ERM’s unique and proven combination of business outcome orientation, technical depth and ability to understand the broader social context.

Social and environmental expertise for projects from concept to closure

In every sector, our clients’ activities affect and interest landholders, employees, shareholders, nearby residents and businesses, governmental authorities, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, the media and the public. Companies strive to build strong, authentic relationships with their stakeholders based on mutual respect and trust, proactive engagement, transparent decision-making, and an equitable distribution of impacts and benefits.

From planning a new project to retiring an old asset, companies engage ERM to provide expertise and innovative technology to help manage impacts successfully. We focus on identifying and reducing risks throughout a project’s life cycle, which in turn benefits our clients, local communities and the environment.

Companies are under pressure to simultaneously cut costs, improve their EHS and social performance, and reduce operational risks. New regulations are not just another compliance requirement that staff should manage, but can lead to significant operational challenges and opportunities for creating business value.

Returning contaminated sites to productive use

Companies with environmentally contaminated sites face significant regulatory, financial and reputational risks. Successfully and cost-effectively managing large sites across multiple jurisdictions challenges even well-run companies. Whether it involves long-term monitoring, active remediation or working towards closure, the cleanup and management of contaminated sites is complex and costly.

To safeguard compliance and asset value, organizations need to take a proactive approach to contaminated sites that enables them to safely eliminate, reduce or transfer associated liabilities while also communicating progress with their stakeholders and ultimately return land to productive use.

ERM is a leader in helping global companies address their most challenging contaminated sites throughout the entire remediation life cycle. For over 40 years, we have supported leading companies across the globe develop pragmatic and sustainable remediation strategies and execute them cost effectively. We focus on end-use, working closely with clients and developers to tailor remedial strategies to suit the potential transfer and future use of their sites or to develop productive reuse strategies.

Responsible resettlement and livelihood restoration for major projects

As the population grows and evolves, the demand for energy and resources continues. In response, companies are embarking on major projects, which have increased in complexity as regulations become more stringent, investors more proactive and communities more engaged.

ERM’s social and public affairs experts work alongside our environmental and technical risk experts and our clients’ internal staff to develop integrated solutions to complex, multi-dimensional challenges that fit the specific needs of the company. We offer a comprehensive range of services and practical support including social impact assessment, resettlement and livelihood restoration, social investment planning and development of local benefit sharing packages.

International standards and industry best practices underscore a key principle: households whose livelihoods are directly affected by a project should enjoy the same or ideally a higher standard of living after being economically displaced as before. Livelihood restoration seeks to make measurable improvements to the income and well-being of affected households by helping them increase production, engage in higher-value economic activities or otherwise transform their livelihoods. 

ERM’s methodology for livelihood restoration provides local stakeholders with the opportunity to be actively involved in the design and decision-making process, which increases the likelihood that measures will be culturally appropriate and supported over the long term.

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