Progress on key issues
Contributing to society
By sharing our expertise with others through thought leadership and our work with the ERM Foundation, ERM is making meaningful and lasting contributions to the environment and communities around the globe.
Sabine Hoefnagel, United Kingdom & Ireland Managing Partner
ERM is making a tangible contribution to global sustainability challenges through our thought leadership activities, which build upon our experience with clients and projects across industries, and our support for sustainable development in local communities around the world via the ERM Foundation and its programs.
Throughout FY15, ERM played an active part in thought leadership on the international, national and local sustainability stage. From managing non-technical risks to safeguarding human rights, we shared technical insights and best practices on a range of subject matters that will help organizations respond to the world's multi-faceted sustainability challenges now and in the future.
The ERM Foundation was established in 1995, and 2015 marks its 20th anniversary. Over the past two decades, through the ERM Foundation we have disbursed more than $3 million in grants to around 250 organizations in five continents. An additional 10,000 hours of technical pro bono support has been provided to not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises globally.
ERM's Low Carbon Enterprise Fund (LCEF), a program of the ERM Foundation, was established in 2008. The LCEF employs an impact investment model to provide finance and professional support for low carbon entrepreneurs in the developing world. This year, the LCEF invested $450,000 in early-stage ventures in Cambodia, Guatemala, India and Peru to bring our total funds invested in low-carbon ventures since we started to more than $1.9 million.