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Anthesis global business update

Anthesis develops financially driven sustainability solutions and brings together expertise from countries around the world. Still less than three years since Anthesis was launched, we have grown to 140 people across the UK, North America, Germany, the Middle East, and Asia. Here’s a short summary from some of our leaders across the globe:

The UK

“Following Britain’s decision to leave the EU, we are contemplating what the world and our markets look like in this exit scenario. We already have the wheels in motion for consulting subject matter experts, key stakeholders and will be running an event in September “Environmental Policy and Brexit” to support businesses to look ahead and prepare for what a Brexit could mean for Environmental policy and regulation. For more information on this event please contact Lucy Boreham (lucy.boreham@anthesisgroup.com).

I reflected in our last newsletter that I believed there was great cause for optimism in our sector – and while the policy landscape is changing in the UK, I believe there is opportunity in every situation; we are agile, and will draw upon the expertise of our global business to make a positive contribution to the UK’s future.”

Stuart McLachlan – Group Chief Executive, and Managing Director (UK)

North America

“We are coming to the end of a very busy period where our team has been focused on helping our clients maximize the impact of their external CSR reporting and meeting a variety of reporting commitments such as CDP & the Walmart Supplier Index. We are delighted by the progress we are making in North America which has seen our business double in size since the start of the year. Our first North American acquisition, Mosaic Sustainability, which completed in January is performing well and the integration process is driving strong synergy benefits, particularly in strengthening our offerings to the retail and apparel sectors. We have also become a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), to advance our contribution to responsible sourcing and product sustainability.

While the Brexit has made the news here in North America, we are encouraged by feedback from the market here that it is not viewed as a systemic problem in the same way that the 2008 financial crash was perceived around the world. While we are busy helping clients develop contingency plans for their operations & supply chains that could be impacted by the United Kingdom leaving the EU, for now the messaging from our clients is very much “business as usual”.

Our biggest news since the last newsletter is the recruitment of John Heckman in the US and the launch of our new Canadian business led by Jenn Clipsham. John is a well-known figure in the North American sustainability marketplace and our new Canadian team comprises a team of eight talented sustainability strategy professionals. Our new team comes to us through a global partnership agreement with thinkstep which will blend thinkstep’s best in class software solutions with our sustainability expertise and software implementation capabilities. More news to follow on this exciting partnership, but for now we are delighted to welcome John, Jenn and our new Canadian team to Anthesis.”

Chris Jones – President (North America)

Germany

“The German business continues to develop and grow well with a new member of staff joining us in June, and a move to a new office in Nuremberg in May. Our team has now developed very strong core technical capabilities in EHS compliance, auditing and management systems, as well as environmental due diligence and risk analysis, and related advisory services. Since the start of the year we have seen increased interest for support in these areas, including research into future impacts, and have attracted a number of new clients in the manufacturing, electronics and IT sector, as well as consultants in the building sector on both a European and global level. We are also seeing an increased interest from our clients to learn more about our supporting software and systems capabilities and solutions around both risk analysis and EHS compliance, which we will continue to develop further through 2016. Accordingly, we constantly work to dovetail our operational capabilities with the software & systems side of the house and have already had various meetings with prospective clients to foster related marketing and sales activities.”

Joerg Bentlage – Managing Director (Germany)

Middle East

“This year so far has largely been defined by low oil prices which have hit Government spending and market sentiment. This has particularly affected Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with the UAE, and especially Dubai, affected to a lesser extent. Nevertheless, we see conditions improving in the near term and we are well positioned to take advantage of an uptick in projects – particularly those driven by development priorities such as infrastructure, schools etc., and by the Qatar World Cup and Dubai EXPO 2020.

We have seen a good number of appointments during the last quarter, largely centred upon our Asbestos services; projects in Oman and the UAE are ensuring that this service line continues to perform well.

We are currently pursuing a number of major power and infrastructure projects and are bidding with big international power companies on a number of major Independent Power Projects (IPP) here in the Gulf. We see this as a key focus area of our business, as one of the few sectors which has remained buoyant in the Gulf Region despite low oil prices, and we will continue to pursue these opportunities.”

Enda Colfer – Managing Director (Middle East)

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