Over the past 40 years, we have distinguished ourselves as a premier environmental services company and have earned a sterling reputation for rigorous and reliable scientific research, effective project management, and strong safety programs. In addition to our long-term private sector clients, we work with state, federal, and municipal resource agencies, and with Alaska Native entities and communities, functioning effectively as both a prime contractor and a subcontractor. Our ability to work successfully with diverse partners and stakeholders provides exceptional value to our clients.
Our President and Board Chair Steve Murphy has been at the helm of ABR since 2002. Steve is supported by an active Board of Directors, an experienced administrative staff, and three discipline-specific managers. This team focuses on serving our clients and supporting senior scientists who serve as Principal Investigators and Project Managers on all of our projects. ABR’s 300+ peer-reviewed publications authored or co-authored by these scientists are testimonials to the quality of our work, our scientific leadership, and our ability to produce high quality scientific reports.
ABR’s employees are the critical links to our success as a company. In recognition of this fact, ABR has been transitioning to an entirely employee-owned company since 2009, currently counting most of our employees and nearly all of our senior scientists and managers as employee-owners.
Our goal of developing a new generation of leaders in both business and science compliments our transition to full employee ownership. Bright and energetic scientists with advanced skill sets and a mastery of rapidly changing technologies is allowing us to expand our suite of services and keep pace with rapidly changing markets, while also retaining the institutional knowledge of decades of experience.
We have always engaged in business practices that support a triple bottom line philosophy: economic viability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility, and we have expressed this philosophy in many ways over the years, including by donating 7-8% of our annual profits to charities, participating in Socially Responsible Investments, sponsoring our employees in individual non-profit ventures, and compensating employees who carpool or use alternative transportation to commute to work.
We also practice carbon accounting, whereby we annually measure our carbon footprint then self-impose a “tax” to mitigate our carbon emissions. Examples of how we have mitigated our carbon footprint include investing in a wind farm with Native Energy in South Dakota and methane separation on dairy farms and landfills, and by purchasing solar panels for a school in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Our community and global outreach programs have included volunteering for organizations like Big Brothers & Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity and serving on nonprofit boards for The Nature Conservancy, Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, and the Interior Land Trust. We also contribute to our own Bioshare Program, which supports our employees as they pursue scientific and conservation interests in areas where normal sources of funding are not available.
Our passion for maintaining strong connections in the communities where we live and work is a strong component of our triple bottom line. Combined with our environmental stewardship initiatives, we are proud to spread the message that good corporate citizenship, through socially and environmentally responsible business practices, is not at odds with economic success but ensures long-term sustainability instead.