During FY19, we acquired two firms, Kathy Jones and Associates and SustainAbility, which provide unique strengths that complement and expand our services to meet our clients’ needs.
ERM acquired Kathy Jones and Associates Pty Ltd (KJA) in November 2018. KJA is recognized as one of Australia’s leading specialist stakeholder engagement and communication consultancies. KJA provides strategic stakeholder engagement and communication services to a diverse range of clients and projects.
Over the past 20 years, KJA has specialized in stakeholder engagement across all stages of multi-billion dollar infrastructure and urban regeneration projects. The acquisition of KJA enhances ERM’s offering on complex projects and our ability to identify and engage stakeholders on large projects from the early stages through the entire project life cycle.
In January 2019, ERM announced the acquisition of SustainAbility, a leading think tank and advisory firm. SustainAbility has helped define and evolve the sustainable development agenda and the role of business within it. Throughout its history, it has worked with business and stakeholders to enable a more just and sustainable economy. It offers consulting services to help clients make better decisions through integrating sustainability into their business, and by creating innovative solutions. SustainAbility’s think tank is an independent, agenda-shaping research and advocacy capability that enables companies to transform how they think and do business, by identifying critical trends, providing actionable insights and building new ideas and strategies.
The acquisition of SustainAbility Ltd further strengthens ERM’s standing in sustainability advisory services, Its reputation and capability build our existing thought leadership approach, and we will look to leverage the two firms’ strong alignment around clients, sectors and services to enhance our approach to the market. The excellent alignment of both businesses will create a unique capability and service offering which can materially add value to our clients’ business.
Both KJA and ERM’s clients are conscious of the need to engage effectively with communities and stakeholders as part of the successful implementation of business strategies and large capital projects. ERM is now well advanced in building the leading position in this area. KJA has established an impressive business in Australia and we look forward to introducing their specialist expertise to our current and future clients around the globe.
Keryn James -