WHAT'S NEW - First Option Joins Global EHS Company ERM

First Option Joins Global EHS Company ERM

We’re delighted to announce that First Option has been acquired by the world’s largest pure-play sustainability advisory firm, ERM (Environmental Resources Management).

ERM is the world’s largest pure-play sustainability advisory firm that provides environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services, and sustainability-related services. ERM works with many of the world's leading organizations, delivering innovative solutions and helping them to understand and manage their sustainability challenges. ERM works across a wide range of sectors including: media and telecommunications, technology, oil and gas, mining & metals, power, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, and chemicals. 

Founded 50 years ago, ERM employs more than 5,500 people in 160 offices across 40 countries and territories. The firm reported gross revenues of over $1 billion in the 2020 financial year (April 2019 to March 2020). ERM has a long history of acquiring companies to help grow and expand its capabilities across different regions and markets, with over 20 acquisitions alone since 2010.

Combining First Option’s deep expertise and experience in production safety and ERM’s breadth of EHS expertise and global presence, the partnership will enable us to scale up and internationalize our combined service offerings. 

We want to assure clients that ERM are fully committed to continuing the support and services we currently offer. We aim to ensure that First Option clients see no difference in our support except that, as part of ERM, we will be able to access a much wider range of expertise and over time will be able to provide a truly global support capability.  

The current management and team led by MD, Paul Greeves, will remain in position as now for the foreseeable future. 

Keryn James, CEO, ERM:

“The challenges posed by COVID-19, combined with increasing regulatory and other pressures to keep casts and crews safe from potential hazards, is driving television and film producers to rethink how they operate, with more attention and focus being placed on health and safety measures. We’ve seen this demand grow in our existing business, and with First Option as part of our team, we will be able to rapidly scale up our ability to serve our clients globally. In addition, as the industry takes steps to become more environmentally sustainable, we see opportunities to further support our clients. We’re excited to welcome Paul and the team to the ERM Group.”

Paul Greeves, Managing Director, First Option:

“Media and entertainment companies now more than ever recognize the importance of protecting their people and their productions, and are looking for high quality, consistent, global production safety support. We’re delighted to be joining ERM which will enable us to further develop our services and increase our reach for the benefit of our clients.”

ERM acquires media safety firm First Option