Australia-based sustainability service provider, ERM, says it has completed the acquisition of CSA Global, providing additional capabilities to address mining clients’ issues and challenges across the full life cycle of their business.
CSA Global provides technical and management consulting services, as well as independent corporate advice to mining and exploration companies, and financial and legal groups worldwide. The business, headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, has offices that serves clients across Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
This is the second acquisition ERM has made this year after, in January, acquiring SustainAbility Ltd, a think tank and advisory firm “that inspires business to lead the way to a sustainable economy”. The company also signed a strategic partnership with eVision Industry Software, a Wolters Kluwer business, to enhance innovation, accelerate operational excellence and improve safety performance for clients, in February.
Founded in 1984, CSA Global has grown to serve a diverse range of clients, comprising junior, mid-tier and major mining companies, the financial services industry, and development agencies and governments.
ERM said: “Employing over 100 people, and complemented by an extensive network of expert associates and partner groups, CSA Global has supported mineral projects around the globe. CSA Global is recognised as one of the leading specialist mining consultancies in the world.”
ERM said the company is already considered a leading provider of sustainability services in the mining sector, “helping companies operate more safely, efficiently and as stewards of society and the environment”.
It added: “The addition of CSA Global’s services and expertise provides additional capabilities to address clients’ issues and challenges across the full life cycle of their business. This, coupled with ERM’s global implementation capability and access to its 5,000-plus subject matter experts, will provide a world leading service to mining companies anywhere in the world.”
Keryn James, ERM Group Chief Executive, said: “At a time when our clients in the mining sector face major challenges on numerous fronts from investors, customers and broader public sentiment, the acquisition of CSA Global further strengthens ERM’s capability to help our mining clients address their most complex challenges whether that be their business strategy, highly technical exploration or operational issues.
“CSA Global’s already well-founded technical reputation and the two firms’ strong alignment around clients and services creates a powerful capability and service offering that will materially add value to our clients’ business.”
Jeff Elliott, CSA Global’s Managing Director, said: “We are very happy and excited to join the ERM Group, to combine forces, and enhance what we are each doing in the mining sector. CSA Global is passionate about geoscience and exploration and mining practices, and ERM is passionate about sustainability in mining practices. It is a very good strategic fit, both culturally and operationally; our mining services are complementary across geographies, clientele and capabilities.
“Combining our businesses provides the opportunity to offer our clients a far broader range of services, across the entire life of mine value chain, with greater scale, leveraging ERM’s global infrastructure and with the combined value of our broad networks. We believe it creates a world leading position as an advisor to the mining industry.”