Sustainability Report 2016

Progress on key issues

Impact through client work

The greatest business impact we can have is through helping our clients develop solutions to sustainability challenges, now and into the future. We support clients in managing risk in three critical areas: accelerating energy transition, ongoing resource constraints and ever-increasing regulatory requirements.   

Energy transition 

Current economic, geopolitical and environmental and other factors led to the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 at COP21, which was signed by the first 175 countries in April 2016. The world is committed to transitioning to a lower emissions future – from a reliance on fossil fuels to renewable and more carbon-neutral sources. We are working with our clients to address the challenge and opportunity presented in a decarbonized energy future.

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Resource constraints 

Urbanization, water security and supply, changing weather patterns, land degradation, deforestation and the rise of the middle class are among many factors driving concerns that society will have insufficient resources to meet the demands of the world’s growing population. ERM supports clients in the food and beverage, agriculture, technology and chemical sectors, helping to manage the key resources they need, across their supply chain, to sustain their long-term commercial growth.

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Increasing regulation                                       

Changing regulations and declining public trust in corporations are creating sustainability challenges for clients. ERM provides strategic services to help clients address operational, competitive and strategic risks related to new and proposed environmental, health and safety requirements.

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