The International Consultancy: ENVIRON
ENVIRON was established in 1982 as a global consultancy, working with its clients to manage environmental, health and safety issues and help them attain their sustainability goals. ENVIRON worked with companies concerned about the effect of their business on the environment. It worked with issues such as dangerous chemicals, medical devices and packaging. ENVIRON helped enterprises in all areas of business effectively manage health risks associated with the products and by-products of industry.
ENVIRON offered a number of solutions for their clients based on the needs of their industries. This included:
- Air Quality Management
- Applied Epidemiology
- Building Technology Services
- Center for Exposure Reconstruction & Analysis (CERA)
- Climate Change & Energy Management
- Compliance Assistance
- Corporate Responsibility
- Ecology & Sediment Management
- EHS Information Management
- EHS Management
- Energy & Environmental Technology
- Environmental Impact Assessment & Planning
- Industrial Chemical Safety
- Industrial Hygiene & Safety
- Integrated Industrial Wastewater Management
- Merger & Acquisition Due Diligence
- Occupational Health Sciences
- Product Safety & Regulatory Support
- Risk Assessment & Risk Management
- Site Solutions
- Sustainability Services
- Technical Support for Litigation
- Waste Management
- Water Quality Management
- WEEE, RoHS & Eco-Design
Research and Innovation
Throughout their global network, ENVIRON maintained an extensive staff of senior-level engineers and scientists working on client-related projects. In addition, ENVIRON conducted original research and published regular updates on relevant issues published monthly updates for their clients.
One high profile example was ENVIRON’s findings regarding a study on the health and safety measures inside Samsung semiconductor facilities. This concluded that the scientific evidence does not support a link between workplace exposure to certain chemicals and the diagnosed cancers in six cases that underwent specific review.
ENVIRON also won numerous awards for their technology and innovative solutions. The firm’s patent-pending VOC BioTreat technology won the Grand Prize in the Research category of the prestigious American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE) 2011 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Competition. The VOC BioTreat solution was an innovative and cost-effective volatile organic chemical (VOC) biodestruction technology protocol, designed to help refineries, organic chemical plants and pharmaceutical manufacturers meet air quality requirements.
History of ENVIRON
In its first ten years, the company grew to include six domestic offices on both coasts in the U.S.A. However, with such a strong reputation in the United States, the company quickly began expanding internationally, beginning with the acquisition of a well-reputed UK consultancy (the former European Atlantic Group or EAG) In 1996 and in 2000 the company then later opened new ENVIRON offices in Italy, France, Germany, and Finland. Subsequent European expansion positioned the firm in the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain.
The company also expanded into Asia and the Pacific with additional offices in Australia, China, Malaysia, and Singapore, further enhancing the firm's ability to meet the worldwide needs of an increasingly transnational client base.
After an almost 10-year period in the 1990s as a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly traded parent companies, ENVIRON reprivatized with a management buyout. The privatization occured at a time when other companies were doing the opposite by becoming a part of larger publicly traded companies. This meant that ENVIRON had a competitive advantage with which it could attract and retain the most in-demand staff in the sector.
ENVIRON merged with Applied Epidemiology, Inc. (AEI), which brought new services such as epidemiological consulting services in occupational health, environmental health, and injury and disability research to the company. The application of epidemiological concepts and methods provided powerful, data-fueled solutions to a wide array of health risk issues.
ENVIRON merged again with The ADVENT Group, Inc. Again this opened up new opportunities. The ADVENT group is a premier consulting and engineering organization that specializes in Integrated industrial wastewater management and related areas for predominately industrial clients. This merger created a firm uniquely qualified to provide a full range of engineering and technical services to help clients meet their business goals related to water management.
ENVIRON acquired Boelter Associates, Inc.—the largest single acquisition in the firm's history. The addition of Boelter's professionals allowed ENVIRON to offer clients a wider range of services, particularly in the areas of industrial hygiene and building forensics.
In 2008 ENVIRON acquired the Chicago-based Gustitus Group, Inc. This meant that ENVIRON could begin to provide forensic architectural services and additional Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified practitioners. These last two acquisitions meant that they could amplify their offer of comprehensive building-related environmental, health, safety and energy-related services to real estate sector clients.
ENVIRON acquired successful Brazilian consultancy ARQUIPÉLAGO Engenharia Ambiental Ltda. (Arquipélago). The acquisition extended the network into Latin America, where significant environmental challenges represented opportunities to enhance the firm's technical capabilities in environmental engineering and carbon management—two key growth areas.
In addition to providing commercial services, ENVIRON also supported charitable causes aligned with their ideological values. The ENVIRON Foundation provided financial assistance to endeavours that promoted the protection of human health and a sustainable global environment, particularly related to the impact of chemicals and the use of the Earth's resources. The Foundation funded relevant education programmes, training, applied research, and direct initiatives by not-for-profit organizations.