Consultation Committee and Reference Group

EO100 Consultation 2009-2012

Equitable Origin’s EO100™ Standard for energy development was conceived and developed with stakeholders engaged in decision making from its inception in February 2009 to its launch in 2012. Consultation with diverse stakeholders will continue to be an integral component of all revisions and updates to the Standard.

The first ‘consultation draft’ of the EO100™ Standard was developed by Equitable Origin, in collaboration with four Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, environmental and development NGOs working in the Amazon basin, local oil and gas companies and service providers, and with the technical support of consultants One World Standards and Colibri Consulting. The EO100™ Standard ‘consultation draft’ was made publicly available in December 2009 and, along with subsequent versions of the standard, was used in consultations with stakeholders through a series of workshops, a public comment period, international consultations, and a formal Consultation Committee and Reference Group.

Engagement of NGOs, development finance institutions, academics, and standard-setting bodies began in 2010 with an international mandate to improve and monitor social and environmental standards. We held workshops in major cities in the Latin American region, including Lima, Quito and Bogotá, with the presidents of all the departmental Indigenous Peoples’ organizations of the Amazon Basin in Colombia and the presidents of the Colombian provinces of Arauca, Casanare and Vichada. EO also introduced the EO100™ Standard to industry specialists at presentations in Washington D.C., Paris and Manaus, Brazil. We sought the advice of international NGOs including The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, the International Union of Conservation for Nature, and the Amazon Foundation. The organization alsoengaged experts in international standards from AccountAbility, the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, ISO and ISEAL.

Equitable Origin held a public comment period from June to November 2010 and launched an online public consultation tool and tutorial to capture comments and suggestions. We collected, analyzed and recorded over 1,300 comments from communities and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, industry, academia, NGOs, and governments. Equitable Origin staff responded to all of those who had submitted comments to explain how their contributions would be treated. These comments from the public, along with feedback from consultation workshops, were incorporated into a revised version of the EO100™ Standard that was made public in November 2010.

In February 2011, a formal Consultation Committee was formed with representatives from four stakeholder groups: oil and gas producers and industry service providers, government agencies, local and indigenous communities, and environmental and development NGOs and academics. To communicate the deliberations of the Consultation Committee and to provide a conduit for feedback, an open-to-all Reference Group was established. A full list of organizations that participated in the Consultation Committee is provided below:

Government Agencies
Ecuador Ministry of the Environment
Ecuador Ministry of Non-Renewable Resources
Ecuador Ministry of Justice
Ecuador National Planning Secretary
Oil and Gas Industry and Service Providers
Ivanhoe Energy Ecuador
Petroamazonas EP
Walsh Ecuador
Auditoria Ambiental
Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations
Coordinating Organization of Indigenous Communities of the Amazon Basin (COICA)
Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin of Ecuador (CONFENIAE)
Organization of Kichua Communities of Napo (FIKAE)
NGOs and Academia
Fundación Pachamama
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
Universidad de las Américas (UDLA)

The Consultation Committee provided recommendations for revisions to the draft Standard throughout 2011. The final version of the EO100™ Standard was approved by the Board and published in February 2012.