Contributing to society
Over the past 21 years, the ERM Foundation has disbursed more than $3 million in grants to around 250 organizations on five continents.
During this time, more than 10,000 hours of technical pro bono support has been provided to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises globally. The ERM Foundation has expanded from being a single entity in the United States to a global program that engages ERM employees across the world.
The support provided by the ERM Foundation for communities comes through financial contributions, the allocation of pro bono time for technical and professional advice for nonprofit entities and social enterprises, and other backing through employee-led initiatives. In FY16, ERM contributed more than $1 million, which represents over 1 percent of prior year profits, towards global sustainability initiatives, primarily through the Foundation and its programs, which is one of our global targets.
The majority of the ERM Foundation's grant funds come from employee donations and locally organized fundraising events. ERM matches a portion of these contributions. In FY16, $535,000 was disbursed in grants to support 59 projects in 26 countries and territories.
|ERM Foundation project countries and territories FY16#|
|Burkina Faso||Laos||South Africa|
|Dominican Republic||Myanmar||United Kingdom|
# Includes projects that received pro bono support and/or grant funding
Through the ERM Foundation's projects, employees can lend practical and technical support to many small and nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that otherwise would not benefit from the breadth of ERM's expertise. This year, we have undertaken a process to align our activities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in ways that make effective use of the professional skills and interests of ERM employees globally. Our focus areas are:
- Conservation and biodiversity;
- Empowering women and girls;
- Environmental education;
- Low-carbon development; and
- Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
In addition to office-led projects, ERM employees collaborate on ambitious "flagship" projects in each of our operating regions. These longer-term projects are undertaken in partnership with established nonprofit organizations and utilize the technical and fundraising support of ERM employees from across each region.
The Foundation's new regional flagship project for our Europe, Middle East and Africa region is “Saving the Springtime,” which is undertaken in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Birdlife International. The project is aimed at reversing the decline in populations of migratory birds, using the common swift as the focal species. Employees in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific and North America will commence their next flagship projects during FY17.