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Media 10 Jan 2019

ERM Announces Acquisition of SustainAbility Ltd

Strengthens ERM’s world-leading capability in sustainability advisory services, combining a shared purpose of shaping a sustainable future with the world’s leading organizations and enabling business to lead the transition to a sustainable economy.

ERM, the world’s leading sustainability consultancy, has completed the acquisition of SustainAbility Ltd (SA). SA is a leading think tank and advisory firm that inspires business to lead the way to a sustainable economy, with offices in London (UK), New York and the San Francisco Bay Area (USA).

“The acquisition of SustainAbility Ltd further strengthens ERM’s standing in sustainability advisory services, in the UK and the US.”

Keryn James, ERM Group Chief Executive

Founded in 1987, SA has helped define and evolve the sustainable development agenda and the role of business within it. Throughout its history, it has worked with business and stakeholders to enable a more just and sustainable economy. It offers consulting services to help clients make better decisions through integrating sustainability into their business, and by creating innovative solutions. SA’s Think Tank is an independent, agenda-shaping research and advocacy capability that enables companies to transform how they think and do business, by identifying critical trends, providing actionable insights and building new ideas and strategies. Like ERM, SA works with some of the world’s leading organizations, such as Brown-Forman, Interface, Nestlé, Nike, Novartis, RBS and Shell.

ERM is building the world’s leading capability in sustainability advisory services and SA is the second in a series of acquisitions to bolster our presence in this market. We are the go-to partner for clients seeking to lead the transition to a sustainable economy. We combine our deep technical expertise with a solid understanding of the commercial imperatives of business and the societal demands impacting the world’s leading organizations. As the market shifts focus from establishing why sustainability is important to developing a comprehensive understanding of how to ‘operationalize’ sustainability, SA’s insights and future-focused thinking, coupled with ERM’s global implementation capability and access to 5,000+ subject matter experts, will provide a leading service to clients and global organizations.

“The acquisition of SustainAbility Ltd further strengthens ERM’s standing in sustainability advisory services, in the UK and the US,” explains Keryn James, ERM Group Chief Executive. “Its reputation and capability build our existing thought leadership approach, and we will look to leverage the two firms’ strong alignment around clients, sectors and services to enhance our approach to the market. The excellent alignment of both businesses will create a unique capability and service offering which can materially add value to our clients’ business.”

“As part of ERM, we can leverage ERM’s global infrastructure and networks as well as invest in new services, technologies and solutions to make an even greater impact.”

Rob Cameron, SustainAbility Ltd Chief Executive

Rob Cameron, SustainAbility Ltd Chief Executive, said, “Becoming part of the ERM Group provides us with the opportunity for geographical expansion and the scale to support our growth ambitions. As part of ERM, we can leverage ERM’s global infrastructure and networks as well as invest in new services, technologies and solutions to make an even greater impact.” Mark Lee, SA Executive Director, added, “The backing of ERM will enable growth and development of our offering that weren’t previously possible, and we are particularly excited with the opportunity this creates to extend our thought leadership.”

About ERM

ERM is the leading global provider of sustainability advisory services, including environmental, health, safety, risk and social consulting services. It has 160 offices in 43 countries and territories, employing more than 5000 people. ERM provides services to a wide range of sectors including Oil & Gas, Energy, Power, Chemicals, Manufacturing, Mining and High Tech/Telecoms as well as selected parts of the Infrastructure market. Over the past five years ERM has worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.

About SustainAbility

SustainAbility is a think tank and advisory firm that aims to inspire and enable business to lead the transition to a sustainable economy. Based in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, SustainAbility is a certified B-Corporation that for over 30 years has catalyzed and supported business leadership on sustainability. Through our agenda-setting research and advocacy, we chart new territory and help business leaders and their stakeholders understand what’s next. Our advisory services and member networks help clients anticipate, understand and respond to key trends, foster effective engagement and dialogue, and make better strategic decisions.

For more information, please contact:

Mick Jenkins (Integration Director & Managing Partner, ERM)
Rob Cameron (Managing Partner, SA)
Mark Lee (Executive Director, SA)

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