Environmental consultancy ERM has built its success on a growing global awareness of “green” issues. With offices in 34 countries, the company specialises in showing businesses how to balance environmental concerns with the need to make a profit. Clients include the World Bank, the EU, government departments and blue-chip companies such as Shell. Profits at the London-based company have increased by 57% pa, from £1.1m in 1996 to £4.2m in 1999. Sales grew by 29% pa over the same period to reach £57.8m in 1999. A shift towards projects for large blue chips have helped drive up profits, since work for the commercial sector tends to have higher margins. High profile ERM projects include designing a plan to protect the Taj Mahal from industrial pollution and a study for the Hong Kong government on sustainable development in the 21st century.
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