Our ESG Services

It’s more important than ever for organisations to adopt environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) commitments, and take action to deliver a better world. We’re here to partner with you at every stage, from concept to design and delivery.

Our Strategy

With ESG principles embedded into everything we do, the goal of our Sustainable Legacies strategy is straightforward: to ensure that the way we run our business, and the work we do in partnership with our clients, leaves a positive, lasting impact for communities and our planet.

See how we help every client take the next step on their ESG transformation - and build a more sustainable future.
Our services

ESG advisory

Governments and cities. Organizations, developers and asset owners. We’re all on a path of ESG transformation, using knowledge and experience to build a better world.

We help organizations protect the environment, enhance communities, integrate sustainable development into everyday business and improve governance. So ambitions turn into practical roadmaps to achieve your ESG goals.

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Strategic sustainability advice. Designed for impact.

With infrastructure advisory at our core, we provide strategic business consulting through an environmental, social and governance (ESG) lens. Our sustainability consultants work with you to create a robust ESG strategy that’s actionable, aligned with your organization’s ambitions and in consideration of the new climate and nature disclosure requirements emerging across multiple jurisdictions.

Our in-house sustainability consultants bring in our technical leads covering a suite of topics — decarbonization, circular economy, supply chain, energy transition, water, agriculture, regenerative remediation, stakeholder engagement, social impact, nature-based solutions, climate resiliency, communications, corporate strategy and finance — to provide seamless service delivery.

We then design targeted and timebound approaches that are innovative, pragmatic and grounded in science, identifying material issues and developing appropriate risk management solutions along the way. Importantly, we will guide you to plan, implement and operationalize your new strategy.

What is ESG Strategy at AECOM?

An assessment of the environmental and social risks facing an organization and the development of plans to address them. A high-level advisory service, sustainability consultants help guide senior leaders by aligning strategy and actions that will transform their business model, garnering a competitive advantage and creating sustainable legacies for generations to come.

At AECOM, our ESG Consultants help organizations steward the environment, develop climate resiliency, enhance communities, integrate sustainable development into everyday business, and improve overall organizational governance.

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The benefits of Environmental, Social and Governance Advisory

A robust ESG strategy offers far-reaching, organization-wide benefits that span externally as well. Our process uncovers a more complete view of the risks and opportunities your organization may face during the current transition to more complete ESG measurement and transparency. We understand how those risks may evolve and what’s required for meaningful mitigations to strengthen organizational resilience. From there, developing the necessary ESG policies will give your strategy traction across your organization, providing tools to engage your employees in the vital transformation ahead.

Set strategy

If you're not sure where to begin, our ESG Advisory team can work with you to create a robust ESG strategy that’s actionable and aligned to your goals. We'll help you take the first step and engage your key stakeholders along the way.

Achieving social equity

From community consultation to promoting local skills and employment, our social equity lens increases the value and worth of projects, for society and the planet.

Reaching net zero

We can help you achieve your net zero carbon targets by creating bespoke net zero roadmaps, implementing energy transition strategies, and adopting nature-based solutions.

Nature positive solutions

Helping our clients to galvanise the benefits of nature by advising on nature-related disclosures (e.g., TNFD and SBTN), nature-positive road mapping, devising nature restoration plans, and integrating projects into nature and biodiversity markets.

Our dedicated ESG Advisory practice is integrated across our teams. We collaborate to guide our clients at every stage of their journey. Discover how our sustainability consultants can help your business develop and reach your ESG goals.

Beyond ESG strategy

We’re here for the entire journey — from risk analysis and identification to strategy development, governance, measurement, implementation, and program delivery — to support meaningful business transformations that integrate ESG principles.

Our ESG advisory services are supported by a suite of technical tools designed to enable efficient transformations. Everyone’s transformation is different though, so we take a collaborative approach that unpacks your specific challenges and enables your vision.

A better way to manage risk

Increase your organization’s resilience to changing externalities with a complete view of the ESG risks you face, how those risks can evolve and what’s required to minimize them. Our experts analyze key risk areas that are material to your business and align with your maturity across ESG performance areas. We have dedicated teams to support with nature advisory – helping you understand your impact and dependency on natural systems and how to enhance these for better supply chain sustainability, community engagement and site resilience. We also look at climate risks that can affect your business continuity and service or product processes, as well as tangible risks to your buildings, assets and workforce.

Unlock new funding

Demonstrating how your plans achieve sustainability objectives is often a key requirement for grant funding. In the United States we’re helping clients access infrastructure enhancement and energy transition funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) government support frameworks. Beyond a traditional business case, we quantify the health benefits and savings that result from active travel and clean air policies. We also unpack potential disadvantages, such as social division, inequality, pollution and climate impact to better understand and communicate the advantage of alternatives.

Competitive advantage

Stay ahead of your competition by anticipating and preparing for environmental, social, regulatory and geopolitical change. We help businesses take the first step by benchmarking against peers to review their ESG maturity and plan actions to improve. We also support cities and nations to develop routes to competitive advantage. Whether it’s furthering social justice, lowering healthcare costs thanks to active travel policies or restoring biodiversity – together we can create more desirable places for people to live.

Stakeholder confidence

We support you in responding to investor requests for quantifiable metrics and transparent monitoring and reporting data from your ESG programs and performance, increasing investor confidence in the future of your organization. Build trust, brand loyalty and recognition with your stakeholders including customers, citizens and employees who care deeply about social and environmental responsibility. Leveraging common ESG reporting frameworks to communicate your strategy and performance provides those stakeholders with a comparable understanding of your progress.

Strategic partnerships for a stronger value chain

Embedding ESG standards into your procurement and partnership policies improves market alignment with other responsible, sustainable organizations. We see increasing collaboration among industries, especially around the impact of Scope 3 emissions and developing collaborative procurement approaches that reduce carbon in the supply chain and improve supplier confidence in driving science-based actions in their own organizations.

ESG Strategy and Implementation
  • Benchmarking, target setting, action planning and reporting
  • Strategy for ESG approach and implementation
  • Materiality assessment
  • ESG risk management
  • Strategy integration
  • ESG roadmap development
  • ESG competency assessment and training (employee, boards)
  • Supply chain due diligence (sustainability and social)
Climate Strategy
  • Portfolio decarbonization strategy, auditing and benchmarking
  • Climate risk and adaptation planning
  • Climate-related transition risk scenario analysis
  • CSA/SEC-readiness for mandatory climate disclosures
  • ISSB S2 and TCFD adoption and integration
  • Net zero and decarbonization planning
  • Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) target setting
Greenhouse gas analysis
  • Embodied carbon analysis and alternatives selection
  • Embodied and operational carbon modelling
  • Carbon neutrality planning and target setting
  • Scope 1, 2, & 3 organizational analysis and quantification
  • Methane Certification (MiQ,)
  • Carbon life cycle analysis (LCA)
Metrics and Reporting
  • Community engagement and equity frameworks
  • ESG disclosure readiness assessment and framework alignment (ISSB, TCFD, SASB, CDP, TNFD, GRI, etc.)
  • Disclosure development and enhancement
  • ESG ratings assessment
  • KPI and data controls assessment

The Network Rail environment strategy involved seeking the views from many stakeholders and needed to be grounded in data. AECOM did an excellent piece of work bringing together different perspectives and shaping these into a coordinated strategy. The final product was of a very high quality and has been well received throughout the rail industry

Martin Frobisher, Technical Authority Director, Network Rail, UK

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