Sustainability Report 2015

Impact through client work

Innovation

As a firm that prides itself on learning and development, we are continually seeking ways to innovate in terms of what services we provide to our clients and how we provide those services. The use of technology and information is becoming increasingly important to our client base so that is an area where we are focused currently.

ERM is a firm designed for growth and intent on learning and evolving as we grow. For example, when the markets we serve change or undergo stress, we adapt with new services and/or we shift our focus to other client sectors. In this section, we discuss the addition of the chemicals industry to our sector focus and the addition of Product Sustainability Services to our service offering mix.

Chemical sector

The chemicals industry is a $3 trillion business that touches almost every product in our daily lives – from the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the transport we use. Consequently, the sector is very diverse with our clients spread across a range of segments, including petrochemicals, agrichemicals, industrial chemicals, specialty chemicals and chemical distribution.

ERM works for more than 70 of the world's largest chemical companies, helping them bring their products to market in an ever-more sustainable way. In this regard, ERM is providing services to chemical sector clients along their value chain from R&D, through supply chain, manufacturing, distribution, sales to end of life.

Product sustainability services

ERM has more than 70 professionals around the world with product sustainability expertise. We help clients comply with product-related legislation and address regulatory issues, at a strategic and technical level, during acquisitions as well as from an existing manufacturing perspective. ERM’s knowledge of the evolving legislative landscape means we can help clients manage environmental risk throughout the product life cycle – from research and development and manufacturing to marketing and ultimate disposal.

Our consultants assist clients with compliance across a number of legal frameworks including: Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH); Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS); as well as emerging chemical control laws around the world. We also provide services encompassing: toxicology; ecotoxicology and risk assessments; life cycle assessments (LCA); and industry-specific support.