ICF International, Inc.

ICF Consulting -a leading international consulting firm assists clients in managing the world`s natural, physical, economic and community resources in a sustainable way. The firm helps clients optimize energy resources, meet environmental challenges, foster economic and community development, enhance transportation policy and projects, and manage information technology resources.

Company details

9300 Lee Highway , Fairfax , VA 22031-1207 USA

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Business Type:
Consulting firm
Industry Type:
Soil and Groundwater
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
Over 1000

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy, environment, and infrastructure; health, social programs, and consumer/financial; and public safety and defense markets.

The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program lifecycle, from research and analysis through implementation and improvement.

Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. More than 4,500 employees serve these clients from more than 50 offices worldwide.

ICF International reported gross revenue of US$841 million in 2011.

Within each of our 12 markets, ICF offers advisory and implementation services to assist clients in strategy and policy analysis, program management, project evaluation, and other services.

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At the core of ICF International are a purpose and set of values that define who we are. We see these as enduring principles that give meaning to our work beyond simply earning our pay.

Our Purpose

ICF International partners with its clients to conceive and implement solutions and services that protect and improve the quality of life. We pride ourselves in providing lasting solutions to society's most challenging management, technology, and policy issues. We are able to fulfill this purpose because:

  • We have a passionate commitment to our work and to helping our customers achieve compelling results.
  • We combine deep program and industry knowledge with world-class technical expertise.
  • We have the capability to support our customers through the entire program lifecycle, from analysis and design through implementation and evaluation.

Our Values

  • Honesty, integrity, and mutual respect
  • Client-driven focus
  • Passionate commitment to the work we do
  • Excellence derived from intellectual rigor, creativity, and practical experience
  • Opportunities for career growth and performance rewards

The ICF Way

Our approach consists of three major components:

  • Passion—We have a passionate commitment to our work and to helping our clients achieve their objectives.
  • Expertise—We bring together technical expertise, including deep program and industry knowledge, with world-class analytics.
  • Results—We have the capability to support our clients through the entire program lifecycle, from research and analysis through implementation and improvement, thereby helping our clients achieve compelling results.

ICF International was founded in 1969 as the Inner City Fund, a venture capital firm whose mission was to finance inner-city businesses.

Our first president was C. D. Lester, a former Tuskegee Airman, who was joined in the firm by three U.S. Department of Defense analysts. Our consulting business proved more successful than our investments, and in 1972, the firm was reorganized as a consulting firm and renamed ICF Incorporated.

Focusing on energy issues for U.S. federal agencies and for industry throughout the 1970s, the firm expanded into environmental business rapidly in the 1980s and began to build its engineering capabilities. In 1988 ICF acquired Kaiser Engineers, which had originated as the engineering unit of Henry J. Kaiser's industrial empire and grew to rank among the largest engineering and construction companies in the world. In the following year (1989), the combined company went public and eventually traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange. The combined company operated as 'ICF Kaiser,'with the consulting unit remaining largely intact.

In 1999, ICF Consulting ended its decade-long affiliation with Kaiser Engineers through a leveraged buyout, financed in part by the CM Equity Partners, LP, an equity investment firm based in New York City.

In 2006, ICF Consulting was renamed ICF International to reflect our growing geographic presence and increased scope of our service offerings from advisory services through implementation and improvement. The firm also pursued an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and now is a publicly traded firm listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol ICFI.

ICF International is a global, diversified firm that combines the entrepreneurship and dynamism of a new company with a solid reputation in the consulting industry derived from more than 40 years of performance.

ICF partners with our clients to conceive and implement solutions that protect and improve the quality of life all across the globe.

Motivated by Our Legacy

ICF International was founded as the Inner City Fund in 1969, a venture capital firm whose mission was to finance inner-city businesses. The firm's consulting business (energy and environmental policy consulting) proved more successful than raising venture capital, and in 1972 we reorganized as ICF Incorporated, a consulting firm. The work of our founder, Colonel “Lucky” Lester, a Tuskegee airman, remains evident in our business today as we continue to address issues related to energy and the environment, as well as economic, health, and social challenges of inner cities and beyond. ICF’s legacy challenges us to continue responsible corporate citizenship today and into the future.

ICF's CR Mission Statement

While supporting our clients in addressing some of today's most challenging issues, ICF is committed to being a good corporate citizen. We demonstrate this by:

  • Investing in our employees
  • Serving our clients with integrity
  • Creating long-term value for our shareholders
  • Minimizing our impact on the environment
  • Giving back to our communities and society

We've established an integrated governance process to underscore our commitment to this mission. That governance is embedded in each division and reports ultimately to our COO. We're committed to these goals because they make ICF a more desirable employer, consultant, and neighbor; increase shareholder value; and protect the planet for future generations.

Governance—What Makes CR Real at ICF

To be effective, CR must be more than a box on an org chart. CR must be imbedded in every operating group and corporate function. We have organized our CR Steering Committee to ensure our CR mission is integrated into all of our operations, with representation from every division and major corporate function. Where it is relevant and appropriate, we will continue to formalize the connections and reporting between operations and our CR function. We will also ensure that any Steering Committee initiatives complement or reinforce the ICF Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.

Transparency and Responsiveness—What Makes ICF's CR Program Effective

In the spirit of transparency, ICF will begin voluntarily reporting on our CR-related activities during 2012. This expands the voluntary reporting we have undertaken in previous years; we have voluntarily reported our carbon emissions since 2007. Responsiveness is important to our CR program because we must elicit and take action on feedback from our stakeholders. Although ICF has a history of more than 40 years performing as a good corporate citizen, we can improve. We will honestly assess and report on our progress—not only our management's review of progress against goals, but also the assessment of our stakeholders—employees, clients, shareholders, and communities.