; Progress towards achieving the SDGs

Impact through Collaboration

Progress towards achieving the SDGs

For each of our material topics, we identified the SDGs and SDG targets that are most relevant to our work with clients and other organizations, our own operations and the ERM Foundation. The table below provides a snapshot of ERM’s contributions within our own operations, with our business partners and through our work with clients. For a summary of the progress made through the ERM Foundation, visit the ERM Foundation Annual Review.

ERM reports on our contribution to SDG 17 – and in particular target 17.16: enhance global partnership for sustainable development by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize, share knowledge, expertise...to support SDGs in all countries, particularly developing countries – in this report.

ERM material topicCorresponding SDGs and 2030 targetsFY19 progress


16.5 Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.

Our commitment to combat bribery and corruption is fundamental to how we operate and is embedded into our key systems and programs. For more on the location of anti-bribery and corruption-related disclosures in this report, see our UN Global Compact Index, which includes details of our reporting on Principle 10 – Anti-Corruption.

See the section on Governance for more details. 

Our people


5.5 Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life. 

10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

Through our policies, we prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other category protected by the laws of the communities in which we do business.

In the past year, our Diversity and Inclusion working group has worked to increase engagement across the organization on a range of important issues for our employees.

ERM is a signatory of the Women’s Empowerment Principles. The ERM Foundation includes "empowering women and girls" as an area of focus for funding projects reflecting the SDGs.

See the sections on Our people and the ERM Foundation for more details.

Occupational health and safety


8.8 Protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment.

ERM delivers a global health and safety program that focuses on the ongoing health and safety of everyone involved in and impacted by our work – including ERM employees, clients, contractors, as well as communities and the public local to our program sites.

See the section on Occupational health and safety for more details.

Climate change


7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.

We collaborate with industry, nonprofit organizations and thought leaders to raise awareness and take action to address climate change.

We are implementing a science-based target for our emissions, which includes purchasing more renewable energy.

We are experts in wind energy and other renewable energy sources and actively help companies to build and operate more renewable projects and to help other companies transition to purchasing more renewables.

See the section on Climate change for more details.

Innovating with clients and other leading organizations


8.2 Achieve higher levels of productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation.

Our business strategy focuses on providing innovative solutions to our clients on the full range of sustainability issues. In particular, we are focusing on leveraging technological advances across our core services and within our own business to drive productivity.

See the sections on Innovating with clients for more details.

Contributing to society and local communities


12.6 Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and integrate sustainability information into reporting cycle.

17.16 Enhance global partnership for sustainable development by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize, share knowledge, expertise...to support SDGs in all countries, particularly developing countries.

ERM works with governments, businesses, industry bodies and other leading organizations to address complex sustainability issues by providing technical insights, an understanding of societal expectations, and framing that with commercial acumen to provide business value.

Throughout the report, we highlight our work with many leading organizations on sustainable development.

ERM participates in SDG panels at leading conferences and convened SDG workshops and webinars with companies across geographies and sectors.

See the sections on Contributing to society for more details.