The mission of Montrose is to provide our clients and communities with solutions to meet their environmental goals and needs.
Our business success is intrinsically tied to how we impact all of our stakeholders – our clients, our employees, our communities, and our stockholders. As we evaluated how to best initiate the bolstering of our ESG efforts at Montrose, our Board and management decided that aligning our internal ESG framework with the UN SDGs would not only make the greatest impact on solving sustainable development challenges in our society, but also dovetail with our efforts to help our clients achieve their environmental goals.
In September 2015, the UN adopted a total of 17 SDGs to drive solutions to overcome global challenges, such as climate change, hunger, poverty, and gender equality, among others. As a leader in providing environmentally-focused solutions to our clients, we want to make substantial contributions and lasting commitments aligned with those aims. In this inaugural report, we have identified specific UN SDGs that align directly with Montrose’s ESG strategy and the services we provide our clients.
At Montrose, our business is the environment. We succeed when we provide innovative environmental solutions for our clients grounded in science and a depth of expertise. These actions also support the advancement of the UN’s goals on water and sanitation and climate action. Through our remediation efforts, application of innovative technologies, and expertise of our employees, Montrose is helping improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, remove contaminants from water supplies, respond to climate change and other environmental emergencies, and lower the carbon intensity of our clients’ operations.
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all:
- Deployed patent-protected innovation in low carbon intensity remediation of contaminants in water, starting in 2019.
- Treated over 2 billion liters of water for PFAS in 2020 for our clients.
- Addressed approximately 200 emergency responses in 2020 by The Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, L.L.C. (CTEH) in onshore, over water, or offshore conditions.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts:
- Detected 901,514 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (mtCO2e) methane leaks in 2020.
- Launched our first carbon footprint analysis in 2019 and expect to continue annual updates.
- Developed a platform to detect and triangulate hazardous air pollutants and greenhouse gases to facilitate rapid interventions for the benefit of public health in 2019.
Society & Stakeholders
We have committed to and formalized employee development policies that support diversity, inclusion, fairness, and equality, and promoted development through various leadership and talent management programs. Montrose is fully aligned with the UN’s goal to achieve equal pay for work and will continue to reduce inequalities within Montrose.
Our business cannot succeed if we do not protect the safety of our employees and clients. Employee Safety is core to Montrose’s business practices.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for employees at all ages:
- Conducted 18,286 hours of staff safety training in 2020.
- Received the National Safety Council’s Operational Excellence Award for 2020 safety performance.
- Formed the COVID-19 Task Force, comprised of senior leadership, to protect and promote the physical, financial, and mental well-being of Montrose employees throughout the pandemic.
- Instituted COVID-related measures for our employees, including additional paid time off, expanded work-from-home flexibility and policies, heightened quarantine procedures and office sanitization procedures, and regular employee updates and Q&A sessions with leading toxicologists and clinicians.
Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all:
- Launched efforts to cultivate and develop top talent, including our Leadership Development Program, as well as our women’s mentorship program through Women Empowering Leadership (WeLEAD).
- Continued efforts of The Montrose Community Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 2016, to facilitate employees and Board members supporting fellow employees in need.
Reduce inequality within and among countries:
- Committed to increase recruitment, retention and upward mobility of women leaders through WeLEAD.
- Formed the Diversity, Fairness & Inclusion Task Force to improve diversity and inclusion within Montrose.
- Conducted a gender pay parity analysis and adopted changes to ensure equal pay across job titles and functions.
Governance, Innovation & Infrastructure
We at Montrose believe that the key to achieving many of the UN SDGs is to develop innovative solutions that support capital-efficient environmental sustainability and economic development. This is why we invest heavily in R&D. We aim to find long- term solutions to both environmental and economic challenges, and our governance framework reinforces this focus with direct Board-level oversight and input.
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation:
- Provided direct Board oversight of ethics, integrity, corporate governance, and ESG ownership to the Nominating and Corporate Governance committee.
- Launched our first sustainability-linked credit agreement focused on 4 key performance areas of diversity and inclusion, PFAS water treatment, methane lead detection, and low-carbon intensity energy from waste.
- Lost $0 as a result of legal proceedings associated with professional integrity.
- Introduced GDPR-compliant information system and cybersecurity program based on NIST 800-171 Framework, implemented by internal IT governance and overseen by the Board.
- Enforced employee policies to prohibit data sharing outside the network, with no data breaches or material vulnerabilities identified by third-party cybersecurity audits in 2020.
- Initiated a research and development department with support from key Montrose scientific advisors to facilitate the introduction of new environmental technologies.
- Developed and implemented science-based, innovative solutions that help remediate the environmental impact of coal combustion, methane infrastructure, drilling, and fracking.
- Advanced new technologies to detect, capture, and abate Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and GHG molecules safely and cost effectively.
- Invented and optimized new sustainable technologies to remove emerging contaminants and other difficult-to-treat compounds from the environment, while minimizing associated waste generation. Awarded two patents since 2019 with additional patents pending.