About this Report

This is the third Sustainability Report that we have published (our FY13 report, covering April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 was issued in December 2013). This report details our performance during FY14 (1 April 2013 through 31 March 2014) against KPIs and targets across the seven areas that form the basis of our Sustainability Program.

We continue to evolve our sustainability reporting to reflect our improved performance. This is our second report prepared according to the GRI G4 Guidelines. We were among the first companies to report in accordance with G4 — a significant step for ERM, and one that we believe was important in our role as the leading global sustainability consultancy and as a GRI Organizational Stakeholder (OS).

We declare this report to be in accordance with the GRI G4 Guidelines at a core level. The key elements of the G4 approach that we have focused on in this report, in keeping with the intent of the guidelines, are described below.

Principles for Defining Report Content

  • Engagement with stakeholders: ERM's FY14 This report responds to feedback from our stakeholders including to more focus on the impact of our work with clients along with the performance of our own operations. While we cannot quantify fully the sustainability impacts of our work with clients, this report includes case studies in which we describe the impacts on a project and service-specific basis. In the future, we aim to develop a method for assessing the net impacts and benefits from selected client projects.
  • Sustainability context and value chain: We explain how we see the role of ERM in wider sustainability issues, the impact we have through our client work and the role that our experts play in professional associations, industry forums and other thought leadership activities.
  • Materiality: We identify and describe the material issues that are important to our stakeholders and the business, and set out our associated performance and KPIs for the coming year.

Principles for Defining Reporting Quality

The G4 Guidelines set out principles for defining reporting quality and there are a number of actions we have taken this year to meet these principles:

  • We have improved data quality as well as the availability of timely information to decision-makers; and
  • We have taken steps to ensure the quality of the information contained in this report through an enhanced assurance process.